Is the Texans' Super Bowl window closed?

With all due respect to those who ask this question, there is no such thing as a Super Bowl window.

Save such talk for the NBA or MLB. There is too much turnover in today's NFL for "windows to win" to exist.

With free agency and a restructured salary cap, the NFL is becoming a year-to-year league, where projections beyond a year or two are futile. If you knock on the door one year and beat on it the next, chances are half your team of knockers will be gone before you commence trying to kick it in.

As difficult as it is to load up on talent, top teams should drop the antiquated methods of building for the future, go for it each year, and see what happens.

So no, the Texans' window isn't closed. It doesn't exist.

Even if you're like my colleague Randy Harvey and believe in this magic window — by the way, Randy, did you leave cookies out for Santa a few weeks ago? — how could the Texans' window for winning a Super Bowl be closed when the team's quarterback played in his first postseason game a week ago?

If your argument is that Matt Schaub isn't capable of leading the Texans to a Super Bowl, then this window is framed by reinforced steel, welded shut and made of bulletproof glass. That sucker was never open in the first place.

Whatever your feelings about Schaub, the Texans are an upper-echelon team. A top team with all-star talent at key positions — players who are in their prime, to boot — should always have a legitimate shot at advancing to the Super Bowl.

The Texans are such a team and should be for the foreseeable future.

Don't let your disappointment over a repeat division-round exit from the playoffs cause you to lose sight of that.

It would not have taken a miracle for the Texans to get to New Orleans this year, and it won't take one for them to be the AFC representative in New Jersey next year.

The possibility of injury makes projections difficult, but Arian Foster should stay among the game's best all-around running backs for several more years, meaning the Texans will continue to challenge defenses.