The longest losing streak in Houston pro football history stands at 18, courtesy of the 1972 and 1973 Houston Oilers.
The Houston Texans, who yesterday ended their disaster of a 2013 season with their fourteenth consecutive loss, may very well tie or even break that record next season.
Sure, they'll have a new coach. And the top pick in the draft, who may or may not also be the team's new quarterback (I still think Case Keenum is serviceable, given some off-season preparation and a better offensive line, but I admit to being biased). And, hopefully, healthy key players back like Arian Foster and Brian Cushing.
But as this fall's meltdown showed, this team has serious problems - everywhere - that do not lend themselves to quick fixes. It's going to take time for a new coach to come in, clean house, implement his philosophy and install his personnel. And the results are likely to be painful at first.
Which is is why I expect the losing streak to continue when the 2014 season kicks off.
But I'll worry about that when it comes. For now, I'm just glad the 2013 season is over.