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 >>
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 >>
Thursday was a "feel good" day out at the Methodist Training Center. It was "Texans for DQ" Day (as officially proclaimed by Mayor Annise Parker), and in honor of Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, who is battling lymphoma back in his home state of California, everyone who is anyone was w ... More >>
Since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma back in June, Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry has been undergoing treatment back in his home state of California. While he's been away, though, he's remained in the thoughts of his Texan teammates, particularly those along the of ... More >>
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 >>
Do we all miss Andre Johnson? Sure. Would life be much more pleasant if Andre Johnson were a part of it? Of course. Andre Johnson is one of those things that always makes every wacky scenario he's involved with better. Like pizza or midgets. But he's not here. Well, he's here, like here in Houston ... More >>
New Texans coach Bill O’Brien stresses the whole over individual achievement.
On Tuesday, the Texans made their final set of moves to get down to 75 players before they head up to Dallas on Wednesday for the game Thursday night, placing wide receiver Alec Lemon on the injured reserve list and placing nose tackle David Hunter and wide receiver Mike Smith on waiver/injured rese ... More >>
The result by itself doesn't matter. Despite losing to the Saints, the Texans had a mostly good day from a big-picture standpoint. They put up nearly 500 yards of offense (496) against a competent opponent. They came out without any significant injuries. Andre Johnson looked better than ever. They ... More >>
It's not regular season football by any stretch, but we've reached the two preseason weeks where starters appear for more than a cameo and meaningful trends can be deciphered. In the case of the Texans and Dolphins on Saturday night, that comprised much of the first half. For the home squad, result ... More >>
Each year on his nationally syndicated radio show, Jim Rome holds a little thing known as the Smack Off. I know many of you already know what that is (I've written roughly 10,000 words on the topic in the past few years), but briefly, for those who don't -- it's the annual show where he invites the ... More >>
"@TwentyER -hope the rumors are true! Would love working with U. #hurricanepower." -- Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) on Twitter Wednesday night Last Thursday began with tweets from the Houston Texans team account touting that owner Bob McNair's private jet had just gone "wheels up!" to go retrieve free ... More >>
"Wheels up! GM Rick Smith is on his way to pick up free agent S Ed Reed in #Texans chairman & CEO Bob McNair's private jet!" -- @HoustonTexans, Thursday morning The Texans' Twitter proclamation about Rick Smith's early morning travel schedule on Thursday served a dual purpose, providing a symbolic ... More >>
The feds and a prosecutor say a Houston company selling synthetic drugs on the Internet is responsible for the deaths of teenagers in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Back in the day, when I used to have oodles and oodles of idle time on my hands during prime game-show watching hours (that's code for "back in college"), Wheel of Fortune was a staple of my game-show dance card. (For the record, Tic Tac Dough, Joker's Wild and Price is Right -- the Sopranos of game ... More >>
Ultimately, the 2012-13 Houston Texans season will go down as a disappointment. An impressive 11-1 start gave way to a 1-3 finish, loss of home field advantage and second straight one win and out in the playoffs. Still, there were some bright spots for the team and some of the individual players thi ... More >>
Make no mistake about it. For the first time in weeks, the Texans showed flashes of their former Super Bowl-contending selves. But without a steadier performance from quarterback Matt Schaub, it won't matter. The once-famed "Bulls on Parade" defense overwhelmed Cincinnati (10-7) and second-year qu ... More >>
Environmentalists and landowners battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and its load of crude from flowing across Texas rivers and aquifers.
There was a time (largely, 2002 through around 2008) when the night the Pro Bowl rosters were revealed was a complete non-event for Texans fans. Well, times have changed, and Wednesday the Texans AFC best 12-3 record was mirrored by having an AFC best eight players (six offense, two defense) named t ... More >>
It seems evident that Matt Schaub isn't going to win a shootout with the likes of Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. Perhaps not with Andrew Luck. But if the team's other components execute the way they're designed to, he shouldn't have to. On Sunday, the Texans (12-2) finally returned to their core princ ... More >>
The time is almost here. This week's game of the century is upon us. Texans versus Patriots in New England. The storyline is simple for the Texans -- win, and you are one win away from hosting playoff games all the way up to the Super Bowl in New Orlens. Lose, and you're one bad week against the Co ... More >>
Assessing all their strengths and weaknesses, we could be looking at a repeat or better.
Thursday night, the Texans' 2012 preseason wraps up with a game against the Minnesota Vikings. The game is meaningful to a couple dozen guys still battling for roster and practice squad spots (and REALLY degenerate gamblers -- seriously, final preseason game gambling is the bestiality porn of the ga ... More >>
There's a reason why we ridicule Charlie Brown every time he falls for Lucy's tired "No really, this time I promise, I'm going to hold the ball in place while you kick, Charlie Brown!" We do it because we don't think it's humanly possible for people to fall for the same old tricks again (and AGAIN). ... More >>
After years of trying to get people's respect, trying to force people to sit up and notice how smart I am, I finally figured out what the secret is. (And I'm so smart that I'm about to share this secret with all of you at no charge!) The secret is this -- just describe whatever it is you do with th ... More >>
"Wanna again thank the @HoustonTexans front office and staff for believing in my ability and extending this contract." -- Texans left tackle Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76 on Twitter), 8/16/12 Left tackle, pass rusher, quarterback. Not only are they the most pivotal positions on the football field (al ... More >>
In general, I think Texan fans are excited for the upcoming 2012 season, but that has more to do with how strong the team looked in 2011 than the collective offseason efforts of the front office. In fact, the offseason has been littered with far more bad news than good, highlighted (or lowlighted, a ... More >>
The offseason started out just fine for the Texans, with the team inking star running back Arian Foster to a five-year, $40 million contract. Since then, other than the re-signing of center Chris Myers, it's been a depressing parade of one guy after another either leaving or being asked to leave. ... More >>
In a Texans offseason that has seen some good (Arian Foster's and Chris Myers' multiyear contract extensions), some bad (Mario Williams' leaving, although the Texans have proven they can survive that), and some ugly (the dismantling of the right side of the offensive line), strangely enough, the Tex ... More >>
It was less than a month ago when I believed the Texans would consider making a play for quarterback Peyton Manning. But on the verge of the NFL's free-agent signing bonanza on Tuesday, it looks as though any Texans' changes will be on a smaller scale -- and rightfully so. It seems clear the Texan ... More >>
If you're looking for more signs of the Texans continuing shift from also-ran to legitimate Super Bowl contender, you needn't look any further than the "Transactions" portion of any NFL related website the last two days. Whereas in past seasons (hell, as recently as last summer), the Texans were d ... More >>
A great irony of sports in 2012, particularly sports that are fiscally governed by some sort of salary cap, is that we as sports fans have all become so emotionally invested in the performance of our teams that we've become more astute in "advising" management of our teams on how to spend and alloca ... More >>
If Sunday's AFC championship proved anything, it's that the Texans with T.J. Yates were a legitimate threat to reach the Super Bowl. The same Ravens that the Texans so thoroughly dominated in Baltimore one week earlier (save mostly-unforced turnovers) had the title in Lee Evans's grasp and o ... More >>
Be sure to check out the rest of our pics from Sunday's game. When one step forward is immediately followed by one step back, perpetual mediocrity is the usual result. It has defined the Gary Kubiak era of Houston Texans football, and it reared its ugly head again on Sunday. Yes, the Texans (3-2) ... More >>
See more pics from the Texans' third win in our slideshow. Led by a dynamic running game and relentless pass rush, the Texans beat and bullied defending AFC champion Pittsburgh to the point that Ben Roethlisberger compared the Texans to the Ravens. Wait, what? "That defense is physical," Roethlis ... More >>
The Texans start operating like a bona fide NFL team.
Everyone's favorite kind of guyWe all have that friend who not only loves to be right, but also loves to point out that they're right and then continuously remind you that he (or she -- yeah, ladies, you're guilty, too!) is right. They'll text, they'll tweet, they'll take screen shots of Spo ... More >>
Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs!?At their core, the Houston Texans are a business, just like any other business, and they have customers -- you, the season ticket holders. The Texans have been above .500 for a total of eleven weeks in their history. I mean, let's face it, for the better p ... More >>
Arian Foster may actually have holes to run throughOver the course of their brief existence, the Texans and offensive line woes have been synonymous. Could it now be that the long-standing source of franchise ridicule has become a foundation of strength?In recent years, savvy draft picks like ta ... More >>
Maybe the Texans can get a little Rebirth in NOLAWhile on the surface, this is technically a "business trip" for me, it's really hard to call any trip to New Orleans an out and out "business trip." I mean, I spent fifteen years in the corporate world, where "business" meant mind-numbing meeting ... More >>
The thrill of Celebrity Home Run DerbySave the date!Free beer will be served at Nick's Place on Friday, May 28. Well, to be clear, since there are probably legalities involved in a bar literally giving away beer, someone will be paying for the beer -- and that someone is my co-host John Harris. ... More >>