Smith: Texans say one thing, but actions indicate something else

It increasingly feels like it.

Houston’s NFL team never rebuilt under Bill O’Brien. Or Gary Kubiak. Or Dom Capers, who took over an expansion franchise way back in 2002 and has now faded into ancient Texans history as the team’s 20th season approaches.

It’s the perfect time for a huge celebration, right?

As if.

The way 2021 is going, the Texans will end up placing a huge, colorful collection of balloons in the shape of “20” in front of NRG Stadium. Then decorate the special anniversary with 20 black-and-white “REBUILD!” signs.

Finally giving in and trading 25-year-old franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson for a Herschel Walker-like return will tell the football world that the Texans are rebuilding for the first time in team history. But right now, Cal McNair, Jack Easterby and Co. appear to be going through some weird form of public denial.

When the Zoom lens is recording and the microphone is switched on, the Texans insist that they are committed to excellence and bringing Super Bowl championships for the first time to this great city.

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After the fluffy stuff drifts away in the winter wind, the Texans do rebuilding things, like giving away J.J. Watt for free, getting rid of veteran center Nick Martin — overpaid but one of the only dependable offensive linemen on a weak OL — and moving on from No. 2 running back Duke Johnson after giving up a…

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