DeMeco Ryans

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    February 27, 2014

    Riley Cooper (Yes, N-Bomb Riley Cooper) Signs $25-Million Extension

    In many ways, the NFL is a microcosm of our society, a society that forgives almost anything. It's a league that has forgiven people who have "obstructed the investigation" of murder (Ray Lewis) and people who have killed innocent people while behind the wheel of a car while they were polluted beyo ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The 2012 Season Preview: The Texans Will Be Super If...

    Two days are left. After eight long months away, that's all that remains before the most anticipated season in Houston football history finally kicks off. Even the 1993 Oilers, whose brilliant 11-game win streak ended with a home loss to Joe Montana's Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs, ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    2012: Year of the Texans

    Assessing all their strengths and weaknesses, we could be looking at a repeat or better.

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    August 20, 2012

    Texans 20, 49ers 9: Five Things We Learned (Including Linebacker Controversy?)

    Check out the rest of our photos from this weekend's preseason Texans game. It was brief and incomplete, but Saturday offered the first glimpse of how the Texans (2-0) may stack up with the league's elite. Houston starters played for essentially a full half against the Niners, a team known for its ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Texans Rewind: I Found a 2008 NFL Preview Magazine, Man Alive Was the Texans Defense Bad

    On our radio show on 1560 The Game this past Monday, John Granato and I were breaking down various aspects of both the Texans 26-13 win over the Panthers and the preseason in general. The topic was the defense, specifically Whitney Mercilus and the various ways that Texans defensive coordinator Wade ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Texans Draft Recap: Six Things We Learned

    Few things are sillier in sports analysis than "draft grades" given before players have taken their first steps onto a professional field. Texan fans know this quite well, considering the abundance of Fs given to them by analysts in 2006 for having the gall to choose Mario Williams over the anointe ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Breathe Easy, Texan Fans, Arian Foster Saved from the Madden Curse

    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 >>

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    March 29, 2012

    The Texans Unleash Their Free Agency Signing the Rams' Punter

    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 >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Texans Trade DeMeco Ryans -- The Players Speak Out

    Okay, this one I didn't totally see coming. After a somewhat tumultuous one-week period that saw the Texans lose outside linebacker Mario Williams and guard Mike Brisiel to free agency, and cut offensive tackle Eric Winston as a cap casualty, the Texans decided to shed more salary yesterday afterno ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Deontay Greenberry: A Texans-Related Grain Of Salt For College Football National Signing Day

    There was a time not too long ago when the last-minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry from my alma mater Notre Dame to the University of Houston would have sent me into a mental funk that would have taken me a week from which to recover. After all, Greenberry is a dynamic "four star ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Texans-Ravens: Five Keys to Pulling Off the Upset

    The lack-of-respect narrative for the T.J. Yates-era Texans may finally be changing. Of the four playoff underdogs this weekend, the Texans ( 7.5) are labeled by oddsmakers as the second-most likely to pull an upset. The only team higher, San Francisco ( 3.5), is playing at home. The newfound resp ... More >>

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    November 7, 2011

    Texans 30, Browns 12: Five Things We Learned

    Photo by Marco TorresUnmask yourself, Texans fan​When Gary Kubiak wins a replay challenge, you know it's your day. It was that and then some for the Texans on Sunday, who cruised past the Browns and moved to 6-3 on the season. It's the first time the franchise has ever been three games above ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Texans/Jaguars -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Photo by Marco TorresTexans battlefought their way to a win in Battle Red​"I still don't like them, and I have no respect for them at all. It was just the dirty stuff they were doing. I don't want to get into specifics; I just don't like them. . . . I'm not going to get into names or anything ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Texans-Ravens: Five Things to Watch

    Photo by Marco TorresThe Texans face a tougher test this week.​"If the Texans are 3-3 after the first six games, then we'll be happy." -- Pretty much every same Texans fan The statement is a classic example of how the ebb and flow of a season can recalibrate expectations. The Texans are set u ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Texans-Saints, Etc. -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Big winner: James Casey​The easy fall back after Sunday's 40-33 to the New Orleans Saints is to say "Same ol' Texans," and in a way, I understand. Red zone issues, fourth quarter brain farts (23 points allowed), the untimely turnover, same ol' Texans. But I choose to look at the glass half f ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    The New Normal

    The Texans start operating like a bona fide NFL team.

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    August 3, 2011

    Houston Texans: My Way Too Early Guess At The 53-Man Roster

    Everyone's favorite kind of guy​We 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 >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Houston Texans -- Owen Daniels Gets Paid

    Owen Daniels gets his contract​It's been quite an odyssey for Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels these last few years. The highlight of his Texans career thus far has probably been his trip to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2008 season. Since then, to say O.D.'s journey has been star-cros ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Top Ten Houston Sports Stories in 2010 (Alternate Title: "Here Comes The Prozac")

    Brian Cushing will bring a keg and Fear of Tumors to your party​Putting together a "Top 10 Sports Moments" list is not supposed to invoke these feelings of anger and depression. But then again, I live in Houston, so try as I might to make this a list that is uplifting and inspiring, I can't. ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Texans 35, Chiefs 31: Johnson Returns To Form, And So Does The Offense. But...

    Winning a squeaker​With Andre Johnson's ankle seemingly healthy again, the Texans' offense on Sunday silenced concerns about its ability to remain among the NFL's elite.That might mean something if head coach Gary Kubiak and defensive coordinator Frank Bush can find a way for their defense to not ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Five Very, Very Scary Houston Sports Halloween Costumes

    Drayton doesn't TP your house, he covers it with advertising​Halloween is getting ever closer, and you're still undecided on your costume?If you live in Houston, there are some choices available sure to strike terror, horror or sickening dismay into anyone who dares open their door to you.Like the ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Randy Moss Gets Traded For Magic Beans

    Randy Moss trades Brady for Favre​"I'm still in awe that I'm a part of this organization. I think that he's the kind of coach that can motivate me. He has a proven track record." -- Randy Moss on Bill Belichick the day he was acquired by the Patriots in 2007 Randy Moss and the Patriots were the ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Cowboys 27, Texans 13: Defensive Help Wanted, Preferably With A Pulse

    Docking at Reliant Stadium​Attention, Houston owner Bob McNair. Your defense needs help, and the key may be opening your pocketbook. Ideally, do it in a hurry.Tony Romo and the Cowboys (1-2) exposed the previously unbeaten Texans' dirty little secret on Sunday, throwing for 284 yards, two touchdow ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans -- Business Is Good (plus my stab at a 53-man roster)

    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 >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans: Seven Things To Watch In OTA's

    Photo by Mark C. AustinYou can't spell OTAs without Houston!! (And an 'A' from somewhere​My first Cushing-free football blog post in a couple weeks -- now I know how Pedro Gomez felt after Barry Bonds retired. "What the hell am I going to talk about???"Thankfully, the Texans start voluntary organ ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Game Time: A Follow-Up E-mail To Brian Cushing

    Brian Cushing and Elton John: Soulmates​Brian: Let me get right down to business. I am actually sending this e-mail as a follow-up to my open letter to you on Monday of this week, and frankly, I'm kicking myself that I actually sent you an open letter. I mean, who the hell sends letters any ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Game Time: Houston Texans: Relevance, Thy Name Is Cushing

    Cushing, perhaps pondering the medical mysteries he's endured​The word "relevance" has been thrown around quite a bit these last couple years over at Reliant Stadium, as in "The Texans are seeking...." They're finding out the hard way the fast track to relevance is sometimes covered in hCG. Someh ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Game Time: Texans Sign DeMeco Ryans, Their Dwight Shrute

    ​When a big sports news story breaks, my tendency is to spend about eight seconds internalizing it and wondering what it means to the subject of said news and what it means to me as a fan. From second number nine forward it's time to figure out other angles the news puts into play, what other pe ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Texans 34, Patriots 27: Progress But No Playoffs

    Photo by Mark C. Austin​The Texans legitimately won nine games. The New York Jets legitimately won seven. The Texans displayed tremendous heart on Sunday in rallying past a Patriots team playing its starters and remaining aggressive almost throughout, while the Jets were given a handout for ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    25 Texans Highlights Of The Decade

    ​As we come up on the end of the decade, I thought I would look back at some of the city's professional sports franchises and throw out some of their highlight moments. I figured I would start with the Houston Texans.1. February 18, 2002: The team's very first draft choice was in the expansion dra ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Texans Finally Put Two Halves Together; Defense Finds Pulse

    ​After three weeks of the season, the Texans were on a pace to allow more total yards and more yards rushing than any team in NFL history.So who the hell are these guys? And more importantly, have the guys calling the shots figured something out?The Texans' defense pitched a third consecutive ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    The Gary Kubiak Experiment Should Be About Over, Shouldn't It?

    Photo by William Holtkamp​Stop me if you've heard this one before."We obviously weren't ready to play and that starts with me," Gary Kubiak said Sunday. "You play that poorly, that starts with the coach. I didn't have them ready to go."Yeah, that sounds pretty damn familiar to me. Take any Houston ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    15 Things To Watch For This Texans Season, And A Prediction

    ​I can't put it off any longer. The Texans season starts on Sunday. So I guess I better get my act together and get my thoughts about the upcoming season on the record before kickoff. So here goes.1. Some good news: The offense returns many of the key players that made the offense the third best i ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Some (Few) Good Things Emerge From Texans' Monday-Night Loss

    ​It's never truly Texans season until there's the first Matt Schaub injury scare. This year, it came before the season even started -- when the Texans' QB ran out of bounds and turned his left ankle in Monday night's 17-10 preseason loss to the Vikings.But Schaub recovered, and so did the Texans, ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009

    No More Bull

    The past, present and future of the Texans breaking our hearts

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    August 21, 2009

    What To Look For If You're Looking At The Texans And Saints

    Photo by wackykramer​It's time for preseason game number two for the Houston Texans. This week, they're taking on the New Orleans Saints. The two teams have been practicing against each other this week, and yesterday, things got a bit heated as there were multiple fights punctuated by Saints tight ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008
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    September 8, 2008
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    September 5, 2008
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    September 5, 2008

    Slideshow: The Houston Texans at Training Camp

    Are you ready for another Hank Williams, Jr. reference? Too bad. We're just here to tell you we've loaded up some training camp images of Amobi Okoye, DeMeco Ryans, Matt Schaub, Mario Williams and the rest of the Houston Texans. And if this is your first time to drop by this week, you might also wan ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Hope for the Houston Texans?

    Gary Kubiak and team search for their first winning season

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    October 22, 2007
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    October 22, 2007
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    August 21, 2007