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Bill O'Brien

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    October 24, 2014

    College and Pro Football: This Weekend's Best Bets

    Before we get to the Best Bets for the week, I'll use this space (and perhaps a lengthier column in the future) to salute the recently laid off employees at the soon-to-be-sold-and-renamed-and-lobotomized Comcast Sports Net Houston. As you all are probably aware, painfully so if you're a non-Comca ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Complementary Football: How the Texans Bury Themselves Each Week

    Bill O'Brien loves him some "complementary football," Obie-speak for the optimal combination of offensive, defensive, and special teams proficiency to bring the hometown team a victory each Sunday (and God willing, the occasional Thursday or Monday, the last two games notwithstanding). For these 20 ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Steelers 30, Texans 23: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Ask any NFL player what they enjoy about playing primetime, nationally televised football games, and one of the first things they'll all inevitably bring up is the fact that they know all of their peers are watching. There's added motivation in showing off your wares to the other 30 idle teams arou ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Cowboys 20, Texans 17: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Well, it's been a while since we had a game like that to invest in here in Houston. No, I'm not talking about a mere loss by our NFL team. We had 14 of those last season, and already had one a couple weeks ago against the Giants. I'm talking about a gut punch loss, where the emotional investment we ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    The Texans' Toughest Opponent May Be Under Their Feet

    With about three minutes to go in the first half of the season opener between the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins, the Redskins faced a daunting third down and 16 yards to go. The sellout crowd in NRG Stadium was already abuzz from DeAndre Hopkins's 76-yard touchdown just minutes before, wh ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Texans 23, Bills 17: Four Winners, Four Losers

    The way the Texans' 2014 schedule lays out, given the caliber of opponent they've played, the first quarter of the season looked a lot like the same portion of many college teams' schedules -- a few non-divisional opponents, one of them (as it turns out) that's pretty good, the remainder being lower ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    Texans Draft Woes Continue, Louis Nix III Heads To Injured Reserve

    It's too early to tell if the Texans last couple draft classes are cursed, just not that good, or some combination of those two things. The one thing that is undeniable is that, on the whole, it's hard to find another team in the NFL (certainly a team that is 2-1 and favored to win in Week 4 at hom ... More >>

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    September 22, 2014

    Giants 30, Texans 17: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    So I guess the Texans aren't going undefeated. Damn. Through the first three weeks of the season, it's readily apparent that Bill O'Brien and his staff have made some headway in fixing some of what ailed this team in 2013. However, after Sunday's 30-17 loss to the New York Giants, it's equally appa ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Texans 30, Raiders 14: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    After a methodical 30-14 choking out of the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon, the Texans moved to 2-0 on the season, Bill O'Brien becoming the first of the Texans' three head coaches in their short history to win his first two games. The Texans have been here, at 2-0, before, though. More precis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Trench Life: Chris Myers and Duane Brown are Crucial to the Texans' Success, On and Off the Field

    Ask any NFL player about training camp, especially players whose teams toil in the sweltering, 9,000,000,000 percent humidity of Houston, and ultimately he will circle around to one word. You can set your watch to it. Grind. The NFL preseason is a grind. To be truthful, the preseason is actually ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    Penn State Students Celebrate Lifting Of Postseason Ban With A Paterno Love Fest

    I will admit, I was glad when the NCAA handed down their stiff punishment to Penn State a few years ago in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sure, the massive scholarship reductions and multi-season bowl bans hurt a bunch of coaches and student-athletes that had literally nothing to do with J ... More >>

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    September 9, 2014

    Jadeveon Clowney Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks

    The football gods clearly won't let Houstonians have nice things. Already saddled with a tortured history laced with playoff and regular season disappointment and heartbreak aplenty, and carrying around the burden of a 357 day streak of winless football, it wasn't in the cards to have the gods just ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Texans 17, Redskins 6: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    357 days. That's how long it's been since the Houston Texans last won a regular season NFL game. The last time the hometown team walked off the field victorious, Matt Schaub was the quarterback, Gary Kubiak was the head coach, and Vanilla Ice was rocking the house at halftime. Sunday, it was Rya ... More >>

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    September 1, 2014

    Texans Trade For QB Ryan Mallett, Case Keenum Era Over

    Waiver wire time in the NFL is like fishing through the discounted $4.99 DVD bin in your local Wal-Mart. One by one, you pick up, glance at, and summarily toss aside classic time wasters like A Fish Called Wanda, Can'T Buy Me Love, or any of the 90's superhero movies involving a protagonist other ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Houston Texans: Final 53 Man Roster Prediction

    Normally, in the NFL's preseason, there's been a logical progression whereby you learn more and more about a team with each passing preseason game. In years past, the starters play a quarter in the first game, two quarters in the second game, three quarters (roughly) in the third game, and then the ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    Niners-Texans: Five Players To Watch

    By now, four weeks into the preseason, fans should at least have a general idea of how good (or bad) we think their team will be. Yet, here we are on the morning of the final preseason game, and I'm no closer to knowing exactly what the Texans will be in 2014 than I was when Andre Johnson decided t ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Five Observations From The First Texans-Falcons Joint Practice

    The 2011 lockout gave us some sensible things. The rookie wage scale that brought first round picks' salaries and signing bonuses into proper calibration with the players' inexperience and lack of any NFL resume was a positive. Gone were the days of $40 million guaranteed for JaMarcus Russell. The ... More >>

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    August 11, 2014

    Despite Changes, Texans 2014 Look a Lot Like Texans 2013

    I was unable to catch the Texans preseason mess loss to the Cardinals on Saturday live, but I did watch it on my DVR Sunday morning. Coach Bill O'Brien's perspective during his Sunday afternoon press conference notwithstanding -- "The sun did rise this morning" -- I wish I hadn't. To paraphrase Yogi ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Texans-Cardinals, NFL Preseason Week 1: Five Players to Watch

    Depending on who you are, NFL preseason games can serve any number of purposes. For some fans (and talk-show hosts who need five hours of radio content every weekday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.), they serve as a celebration that football has finally returned, that we survived the two weeks of the calenda ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    7 Observations on the Houston Texans' First 2014 Depth Chart

    In the grand scheme of the "unveiling" scale, I'm not sure where the Texans' first depth chart of the preseason ranks. It's definitely not as exciting as finding out your team's first round draft choice, and it's definitely way more exciting than getting a copy of the new Yellow Pages. It's probabl ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Houston Texans Sign Tyson Clabo, So It's Probably Safe To Make Wild 53 Man Roster Picks

    Completely and utterly sucking the previous season has its privileges in the National Football League. As a fan of the Houston Texans (if you are one), you may already know this, and if you didn't know this, you will find out repeatedly throughout the preseason and the early part of the regular se ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Houston Texans Update: Cushing, Nix, T. Williams To PUP List, Brennan Williams Released

    On Friday, everybody reports for team meetings, and come Saturday, it begins. The Texans' first training camp of the Bill O'Brien Era will be underway, and by Saturday morning, we will have confirmation on just how entrenched Andre Johnson is in his stance against the team. That will be the storyli ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Ryan Fitzpatrick Named Texans Starting Quarterback As T.J. Yates Is Released

    All along, it's been a race where naming a "winner" was going to feel like a bit of a misnomer. When the Texans began mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, the open race to see who would be the Houston Texans' starting quarterback consisted of four men -- Ryan Fitzpatrick, rookie Tom Savage, Case Keenum, ... More >>

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    June 17, 2014

    Andre Johnson Is Not Walking Through That Door

    If I had to put together a power ranking of my favorite uncles, many of the usual suspects would be on the list. Uncle Leo of Seinfeld fame was a cordial fellow ("HEELLOOOOOO!!"). Uncle Junior Soprano, while he increased Tony's general stress level, was always a guy who made things happen. And I've ... More >>

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    May 29, 2014

    For the First Time, the Texans are Building an Identity as a Team

    New Texans coach Bill O’Brien stresses the whole over individual achievement.

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    May 1, 2014
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    April 15, 2014

    Texans Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar Once Wrestled a Bear

    When Bill O'Brien was assembling his staff that would lead the Houston Texans into the new post-Kubiak frontier, it was widely assumed he would bring in entirely his own staff, and truth be told, he would've been completely justified in doing so. I mean, 2-14 is 2-14. Clean house. Nobody would've h ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Pro Days Done, Clowney Makes Case For Number One Overall Pick

    When it comes to the draft process in the NFL, and there are multiple prospects jockeying for any one position or status, it may not be about who has the last word necessarily, but from a Pro Day standpoint, it's definitely about who has the latest word. The Texans, in theory (and probably in actua ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien Speaks ... And Speaks, And Speaks Some More

    We all know Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien is one of the many branches off of the Bill Belichick tree. To call him a Belichick disciple might be overstating things, as O'Brien likely seeks to carve out his own style. But no doubt, along the way, O'Brien has and will continue to take certai ... More >>

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    March 25, 2014

    The Johnny Manziel Dunk Show (w/ VIDEO)

    When Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles conducted his Pro Day last week in Orlando for virtually every NFL team, it was on the heels of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's less than stellar Pro Day the week before. So when Bortles went out and tore it up (he was reportedly pretty damn ... More >>

  • 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?

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    March 19, 2014

    NFL GM's Ranked In Order of Tenure (Sorry, Texan Fans)

    On the surface, the word "loyal" feels positive, and that's because at its core, loyalty is a noble trait that comes from a good place in one's heart. However, in business (and really in any walk of life, but especially business), loyalty has to be based on merit. It can't be blind, nor can it be b ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Teddy Bridgewater Struggles at Pro Day, Looking Back at Other QB Pro Days

    With the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks in the rear view mirror, now comes the fun part of the silly pre-draft season -- individual workouts and Pro Days. In plain English, this is the part of the Prospect Assessment Calendar where everyone will freak out (positively and negatively) over how well ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Technology Tries to Embarrass Johnny Manziel in this 40-Yard Dash Video

    The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine ends today, but for all intents and purposes (Texans related, at least), it ended on Monday. Four whirlwind days going back to last Friday, and when all was said and done, ostensibly very little seemed to resolve itself (although behind closed doors, who the hell knows ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Out With The Old: Bill O'Brien Era Begins With Staff Changes

    Of all the things that dictate success of a coaching regime, especially with a first time NFL head coach, the one thing that may be most important (and is almost certainly the most underplayed) is the assembly of a coaching staff. You are who you roll with, who you surround yourself with, and in an ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    The New Guy In Town: Your Required Bill O'Brien Reading And Viewing

    This morning out at Reliant Stadium, perhaps already in the books by the time you read this, the Texans will introduce now former Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien as the third head football coach in their franchise's history. As the head coach for the professional football team in the la ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    The Top 10 Houston Sports Stories of 2013

    Let's call 2013 a transition year for sports in Houston. That's the polite way of saying it, for the most part, really, really sucked. There were very few "up" moments in 2013 even if you go all the way back to the playoffs for the Texans and Rockets -- remember when the Texans made the playoffs? I ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Bob McNair Rushing To Repeat The Mistakes of the Past

    The saying goes that he who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it. And with the Texans supposedly on the verge of hiring Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, it's more than evident that Bob McNair has wiped the past from his mind. O'Brien is the current IT boy of the coaching world. A Bill Belichi ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Who Joins Kubiak On The (Get Paid Lots Of Severance) Bread Line

    Sometime within the next several weeks, the Texans will be hiring a new head coach, and when they do, that will be a happy day for whoever that person is. (Hopefully, it's a happy day for the Texans' fan base, too.) Years will go by, and that coach will likely experience some success and some failu ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Penn State's Bill O'Brien Wins Bear Bryant Award

    "I feel like I'm a mentally tough guy right now. I feel like I'm the right guy." -- Penn State head football coach Bill O'Brien on the day he was hired, 1/8/2013 Selecting the recipient of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for the best head coach of a given college football season has generally been a p ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    College Football: Bear Bryant Award Finalists Revealed (Aggies Will Be Happy)

    If you're a prominent, successful college football player or coach, it is usually necessary to block out the second week of December. This is when most of the college football awards are handed out, the week after the regular season ends. For many, it's an exhausting, circuitous journey across the n ... More >>

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    January 11, 1996

    The Year-Round Go-Round

    Cy-Fairs experiment with year-round schools is being watched by other local districts. What they're seeing isn't pretty.

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