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AFC South

  • News

    March 20, 2014

    The Texans Have a New Coach and Have Cleaned House, Yet Rick Smith Is Still Around

    Why is General Manager Rick Smith still with the Texans when others have been dismissed?

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    NFL Free Agency Day 3: Silence On Kirby Ends

    Three days of NFL free agency in the books, and here is your Houston Texans scorecard: * Two players cut * Five players left in free agency * One cockblocking on a veteran quarterback * Zero new players acquired * One player re-signed * A growing abyss between the AFC (which includes the Texans) an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Reliant Stadium May Be Changing Names, But Texans Still Lining Pockets With Naming Rights Fees

    For over a decade, Bob McNair has been given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his ownership of the Houston Texans. "He brought football back to Houston and he spent a billion dollars to do it," is the familiar refrain. Part of that sentence is true. After the Oilers left, he most certainly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    10 Initials Worse Than NRG for Re-Naming Reliant Stadium

    It has been widely reported that NRG Energy, the company that bought the retail division of Reliant Energy in 2009, would be re-branding Reliant Stadium and the surrounding complex as part of efforts to make its name change more visible. Reliant agreed to pay $300 million over 30 years in naming rig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Houston Texans: 2014 Free Agency Dashboard

    As the Texans make moves amidst a coaching regime change, I think it makes sense to look back at what has necessitated all of the movement that's gone on in the organization in the last few months. Certainly, indecisiveness and questionable decisions by the previous coaching staff contributed great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    The Truth On the Matt Schaub Situation

    I understand the emotions of sports fans. Hell, I am a sports fan, I just happen to have a microphone, and a password to the Houston Press' blogging mechanism. I was there in the stadium for most of the soul crushing Matt Schaub pick sixes last season, including the third play of the San Francis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Schaub Watch 2014: Could He Stay Or Should He Go?

    You always have to read the signs, and sometimes the signs can be subtle. I've said before that one very underplayed way to gauge where a player stands with a franchise is the pricing of their jerseys in the team store. I've shared the story about going to Cowboys Stadium during the 2011 lockout an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    2014 NFL Draft: Texans Tracker Update, "Ryan Mallett Trade Rumor" Edition

    Free agency is almost here, and beginning Tuesday afternoon teams will be shopping to fill holes on their rosters, and spending prices anywhere from "Rodeo Drive" to "bargain bin scrap heap." Some teams like the Texans will hardly be spending at all, as they do what they can to keep their own free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    2014 NFL Draft: Unveiling The Texans Tracker

    Isn't it fun living in the city with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft? Seriously, I think sometimes the fervor surrounding the speculation on who the Texans will take is part of the punishment of going 2-14, like a residual aftershock. We are only a few weeks into the NFL Draft process (comb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Greater Houston Football Showcase Helps High School Kids Realize College Dreams

    Check out our slide show of the 6th Annual Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase. Later this week, the NFL Combine begins in Indianapolis. It's quite the spectacle, as hundreds of prospects gather in one place to participate in drills with the hope of furthering the pursuit of their dream to con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Pro-Manziel Billboards by Local Attorney Eerily Familiar

    Back in 2006, local furniture purveyor Jim "Mattress Mac" McInvale -- before he was doling out $7 million in refunds over a Super Bowl "bet" -- was a big fan of Vince Young. So much so, he took out a full-page ad in the Chronicle extolling the virtues of Young and encouraging (to just this side of d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Wade Phillips: "The Texans Should Draft Johnny Football"

    With the annual "Hey, it's that time of year from February through NFL Draft, so take it with a grain of salt" caveat firmly attached, dare I say that the Johnny Manziel Express train to Houston in early May is picking up steam? We asked several of our guests (whose opinions matter) on Radio Row la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Former Texan Charles Spencer Is Not A Fan Of The Texans New Offensive Line Coach

    As Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has been assembling his staff (a staff, by the way, on which none of the hires has officially been announced yet), the hope a couple weeks ago had been that ousted Titans head coach Mike Munchak would be returning to Houston to coach the Texans' offensive li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Houston Texans Staff Update: Godsey In, Munchak Out

    I've said it frequently here, and will continue to pound the drum -- hiring is the most important skill of any manager or coach, in business or in sports. Surrounding one's self with excellent people is tantamount to achieving success. That said, even if fans and media recognize some of the names ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    Houston Texans 2014: The Purge On Kirby Continues

    Red Wedding, final seen of The Godfather, last episode of Season 1 of The Sopranos....quite frankly, for the Houston Texans, I'm running out of television and movie analogies where multiple people get whacked. So here goes... (SPOILER ALERT, if you haven't seen and eventually desire to see The De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    One Day Into 2014, The Internet Gives Us Coolest And Lamest Houston Texan Pictures

    For a 2-14 team, the Texans should be plenty newsworthy over the next few months. They have a head coaching search that should officially conclude with an announcement on Thursday that Bill O'Brien is coming to Houston, and they have the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    It Begins, O'Brien/Manziel: New Year's Eve's Perfect Texan Storm

    At around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, about the time that my girlfriend Amy and I were leaving small, Washington-area Italian joint Patrenella's after a quiet New Year's Eve dinner, that's the time my iPhone started to buzz. The deluge of tweets and texts (mostly positive) confirmed it -- Penn Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Offseason Blueprint: Four Priorities For The Texans

    The early time of death was surprising. But with a painful illness that we already knew to be fatal, perhaps it's a relief for everyone involved. No, we certainly didn't expect the 2013 Texans to become the worst team in the NFL at 2-14. But after the 11-1 start in 2012 that ended with a collapse t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Titans 16, Texans 10: And the Texans Are Officially On the Clock

    Finally. It took weeks of torture, but the long, slow, painful death of the Houston Texans 2012-13 season mercifully came to a close on Sunday. Fittingly, it ended at the hands of the former Houston Oilers -- in the same year that its former icons Bud Adams and Bum Phillips died within mere days of ... More >>

  • News

    December 26, 2013

    Toxic Time Bomb?

    Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 9. Jacoby Jones

    Recent history has not been kind to the Houston Texans when it comes to either former Baltimore Ravens coming to Houston, or the Texans cutting players loose and seeing them wind up in Baltimore. The Ed Reed saga was chronicled in detail in the most recent "King of Content" post -- Hall of Fame car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Broncos 37, Texans 13: Last Year's Would-Be Texan Shows Them How It's Done

    It was 16-13 entering the fourth quarter of the Broncos-Texans game at Reliant on Sunday. After three quarters, the Texans actually had a shot of beating the team many believe will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year. Then, Peyton Manning did what he does. He three three touchdowns includi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Last One Out Close The Roof: Texans-Broncos (4 Winners, 4 Losers)

    Heading into the season, all that most NFL teams can ask for is to be playing a meaningful game in Week 17 with an opportunity to control their own destiny. With one game to go, thanks to yet another loss (their 13th in a row) and a 24-23 win by the Cowboys over the Redskins, the Texans head into W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: One Last Stab At Christmas Spending Money

    I think of all the sports, the NFL strikes the perfect balance of regular season meaningfulness, rewards for regular season success, and playoff inclusiveness. Certainly, the 2013 NFL season backs that up with a Week 16 slate that sees almost two thirds of the league with playoff hopes still alive. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 16: Bearded Schaub's Revenge!

    We are officially at the point where we can start counting down to the end of the 2013 NFL season...the seemingly interminable, blight on Houston football history that's been the 2013 NFL season. The end is near, thank God! Go back to Week 1's BATTLE-DRINK game, and it reflects a much simpler time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Addicted to Buc-ee's & A Recipe for Pork Tamales

    Hungry in Houston: As Texans, we are addicted to Buc-ee's, and there is no shame in that. This week, Adam Brower writes about his addiction to the gas station mecca. He starts with the coffee, then discovers the Almond Joy creamer, and finally the sausage egg cheese croissant. One bite of that break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Colts 25, Texans 3: The Long, Painful Road Home

    The Texans have never won in Indianapolis. Never. On Sunday, the status quo was thoroughly maintained with a 25-3 loss at the hands of the lackluster Colts. The Colts hadn't scored a first half touchdown in like 10 games (probably more like three, but that last sentence fragment may be the most dram ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK: The Interim Wade Phillips Era Begins!

    After a ten day hiatus where the Texans managed to fulfill their weekly drama quota by firing their head coach, it's back to the gridiron on Sunday as the Texans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Indy, where the team still seeks its first win in franchise history at that venue. I don't know if I ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: "Texans New Head Coach" Odds Are Out!

    Before the 2013 NFL season started, you could get odds on which head coach would be the first one fired this season. (I have no idea what it must feel like to have people betting on your employment status, but it's not for me to be the moral compass of wagering. The odds are out there, and therefore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    12 Things In Houston '93 You'd NEVER See Today

    If I learned anything from the NFL Network's A Football Life: Houston '93 documentary about the 1993 Houston Oilers, it's that sometimes you need to look to the past to realize that our perspective of the present may be a tad warped. All season long here in Houston, the narrative (which has gradual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Jadeveon Clowney Gets Speeding Ticket, Texans' NFL Draft Big Board Thrown Into Disarray

    For a seemingly benign Thursday night game in early December between two bottom feeding NFL teams, the Texans-Jaguars game last week wound up having some far reaching ramifications. First, the end result (and certainly the penalty littered path leading up to that end result) was the trigger event f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of Bob McNair's Press Conference To Address The Firing Of Gary Kubiak

    We all knew that Gary Kubiak's firing was coming eventually, but very clearly we didn't all know when it was coming, because the assumption was that Texans owner Bob McNair would wait until after the season to drop the news on Kubiak that his services would no longer be required. Instead, on the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Jags 27, Texans 20: So Close and Yet So Schaub

    In what has got to have been one of the worst match ups in the history of Thursday Night Football, an already God awful concept the NFL concocted to keep fans interested in the middle of the week, the Texans and Jaguars -- arguably the league's two worst teams (and franchises?) -- played a fairly en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Let the House Cleaning Begin: Gary Kubiak Fired By the Texans

    You knew it was only a matter of time, but after 11 straight losses (including 2 to the Jacksonville Jaguars) the Texans finally pulled the trigger and fired Gary Kubiak. In the meantime, Wade Phillips will serve as interim head coach. The Texans say the search for a new permanent coach is already u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    BATTLE-DRINK, Week 14: Thursday Night Self Mutilation Edition

    In Houston Texans seasons past, the running joke was that each season would have around two or three [sarcastic exaggeration font enabled] "biggest games in the history of the team." Hell, even 2013 had a couple of them early in the season with the home loss to Seattle and the road thrashing at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    The Houston Texans Are Not (Mathematically) Dead Yet!

    Are you ready for two semi-obscure, "guilty pleasure" television references in one day? I hope so. Earlier today, as you may have read, in what I'm sure sent the Pulitzer folks scrambling to reevaluate 2013, I compared Rex Ryan and Ed Reed to Lowell Mather and Big Strong Man, respectively, from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    We Suck Again! A Revised Houston Texans Tailgating Mix

    Back in the summer, I advocated for new, improved songs that Houston Texans fans could play at their 2013 tailgates. My suggestions were optimistic, confident selections reflective of the high hopes we had for the team. Now, on the verge of the worst season in franchise history, it might be time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Patriots-Texans Epilogue: How To Lose A Game In 10 Plays

    It's often said the difference between a 6-10 and 10-6 team in the NFL is a small handful of plays. Sitting at 2-10 on the season, the Houston Texans' problems certainly transcend more than just a play here and a play there. That much is obvious. But at 2-7 in games decided by one score or less, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    Patriots 34, Texans 31: The Harder They Fight, the Harder They Fall

    There is only one kind of victory in football, the kind that finds you ahead on the score board when the game is over. In the Texans latest loss to the Patriots, 34-31 on Sunday at Reliant Stadium, there seemed to be progress, but the result was the same as the Texans dropped their 10th straight gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    The Houston Texans Are On The Clock...

    "The Houston Texans are on the clock..." -- Roger Goodell, as of now, at the beginning of the 2014 NFL Draft It begins not long after the previous season ends. The countless hours spent lifting weights, getting treatment, sometimes even getting surgery. You workout to just to be ready for more wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: A Story Of The Worst Sibling Ever

    It happens for many families at Thanksgiving. What, on paper, looks like it should be a time to enjoy the company of relatives, maybe even reconnect with those you've lost touch with, turns into old wounds torn open. Fights, arguments, and an airing of grievances that would make Frank Costanza pro ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    2013 Turkeys of the Year — Looking Back at the Best of the Worst

    From politics to sports to education and food, the Texas gobblers provided pure gravy.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Kevin Sumlin and the Texans: Buyer Beware

    Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin may one day be a great NFL coach. He's a strong leader with an innovative offense, glowing personality and enormous local buzz -- all at only 49 years old. It's easy to see where the hype comes from. There's also the concern, however, that Sumlin isn't even among the curre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    How Much Would A 9-Game Parlay Betting Against The Texans Pay?

    There's no denying it. Any way you slice it, it's been a horrible season of football here in the city of Houston. The Texans have lost nine in a row, falling to 2-9, and they've scored as many touchdowns in the second half of games during these nine games as Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Jags 13, Texans 6: The Chase for No. 1 Begins

    As the clock ran out on the ninth loss in a row, perhaps the most embarrassing loss in franchise history and the clear metaphorical (if not actual) end to a miserable season for the Texans, one thing became crystal clear: it's time for the Texans to pack it in. What started as a hopeful run to the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    With the Texans At Rock Bottom, It's Time To Clean House, Bob.

    "We suck." -- Andre Johnson, Texans wide receiver And with those two words, Andre Johnson proved himself to be the most lucid and honest voice that matters inside the entire Texans football operations hierarchy. We suck. Indeed. You thought four straight games with a pick six from your starting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Dear Fans, Please Don't Boo The Texans Because They're Sensitive Little Children

    Ben Tate and Owen Daniels are upset the fans booed the Texans on Sunday. The offensive players didn't like that they had to go to a silent count on offense because of crowd anger. The fans should always be quiet and supportive, others say. Some of the thinking is that Texans fans are stupid. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Texan Fans Rejoice! CBS' Dan Dierdorf To Retire At Season's End

    Rare is the Texans home game that I am not in attendance in person at Reliant Stadium. In seven seasons of covering the team, I can count on one hand how many games I've missed and had to watch on television instead, and I believe the most recent one was the Texans 43-13 win over what eventually b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of This Snapshot Of A Forlorn Texans Sideline On Sunday

    "Their faces tell you everything." -- Mike McD, Rounders The Texans futility in the second half of games during this eight game losing streak has been well documented. Two touchdowns in eight halves of football (47 possessions in all), it really doesn't get much more meager than that. How are the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    Raiders 28, Texans 23: What the Schaub?

    About 20 minutes after the Texans game ended, a good friend of mine left a message on my voicemail explaining how angry she was at the team. If you listen to call-in shows or watch Twitter or listen to fans in the stadium, you would see she is not alone. In what will undoubtedly be one of the most ... More >>

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