HOUSTON — Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans dropped a cardboard box in front of his locker and started packing, while his mind was still on the team's missed opportunity in Baltimore.
Houston's historic season ended in a 20-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, a game that the Texans felt they should've won. Instead, Baltimore advanced to play New England in the AFC Championship, while the players in Houston were left to settle for winning the franchise's first playoff game.
Coach Gary Kubiak met with each of his players on Monday. He tried to encourage receiver Jacoby Jones, who fumbled a punt return in the first quarter to set up Baltimore's first touchdown.
One of the biggest offseason decisions for Houston is the future of outside linebacker Mario Williams, an unrestricted free agent.