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Joel Dreessen

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    June 3, 2013

    Former Texans WR David Anderson Officially Retires and Then Commits to USC

    Going back to August 2007, when 1560 AM was started, in our early days as 1560 The Game (long before our radio plastic surgery that transformed the station into 1560 Yahoo! Sports Radio), we used to do some pretty off-the-wall stuff on the air. At that time, our content certainly resonated and chang ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Grading the Texans Season: The Good, The Bad and The Seriously Ugly

    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 >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Texans 31, Broncos 25: At Long Last, Houston Has Its 3-0 Start (Four Reasons Why)

    Borrowing a famous analogy from Wade Phillips's father, Bum, the Texans have knocked and beaten on the door of the NFL's elite for three straight Septembers. In 2010, a 2-0 start came crashing down in an embarrassing home loss to Dallas. In 2011, they nearly improved to 3-0 before the defense unrav ... 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 30, 2012

    Houston Texans: Some Pre-Final Preseason Game 53-Man Roster-tology!

    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 >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Texans-Saints: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (The Trindon Holliday Conundrum Edition)

    If you are a sports couch potato (and if you are reading this, chances are that is the case), Saturday night was one of those nights that we probably take for granted all of the technological advances that allow us to consume all of the fare on the sports buffet simultaneously. Picture if you will, ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Saints 34, Texans 27: Five Things We Learned

    In name, Saturday did represent the clichéd dress rehearsal for the Texans. In practicality, it was only the case on one side of the ball. With the defense missing Shaun Cody, J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing, there isn't that much use to reading fortunes on that side of the ball. The Saints are an eli ... More >>

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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 1, 2012

    Houston Texans: My Annual Way Too Early Guess at the 53-Man Roster

    On Sunday morning at the Texans' second day of practice of the young preseason, I was hanging out with my co-host John Granato watching the wide receivers go one-on-one against the cornerbacks in pass catching drills when Evan Koch of the Texans media relations team walked by and asked us who we tho ... 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 27, 2012

    Texans Draft Notebook: What The Mercilus Pick Means For The Weekend

    The Texans, as expected, addressed a need with their first-round pick Thursday night. It just wasn't the sexy playmaker position that many expected. Whitney Mercilus, a projected linebacker at the NFL level who led the NCAA with 16 sacks in his junior year at Illinois, proved too much value for the ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Texans Draft Preview: Understanding Needs In A Gary Kubiak Offense

    For the first time in years, the first round of the NFL Draft may not be about defense for the Texans. After spending exhaustive resources to rebuild the depleted unit, the consensus among pundits is that Gary Kubiak will use the 2012 draft to add youth to his offensive core -- namely, in the passi ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Houston and Denver: Where Dreams of Being a Male Cheerleader Go to Die (w/ VIDEO!)

    It's been a longstanding joke that since the time Gary Kubiak took over the reins of the Houston Texans, every facet of the organization here has some tie to the Denver Broncos. If the Texans pick a player up off the waiver wire, oftentimes it's someone who played recently for the Broncos. If a coac ... 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 Assault...by 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 13, 2012

    A Look Ahead To Texan Free Agency, And Why It Won't Involve Peyton Manning

    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 >>

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    March 13, 2012

    Houston Texans Spring Cleaning Hits Winston, Leinart, Vickers

    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 >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Ravens 20, Texans 13: Historic Season Ends From Self-Inflicted Wounds

    Looking ahead to the fall, finally​In the big picture, the Texans were playing with house money. With little playoff experience and on a third-string rookie quarterback, this shouldn't rank high on the list of Houston football collapses. This wasn't the Oilers in Denver and Buffalo, circa 199 ... More >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Texans, Tebow and BCS Titles! This Weekend's 4 Winners and 4 Losers

    All right, this is starting to get ridiculous, football gods. First, you knock out Arian Foster for the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury. Then you rob us of Andre Johnson not once but twice with injuries to each hamstring, forcing him to miss most of the season. Then you rip ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Panthers 28, Texans 13: Concerns Mount At QB, Kicker As Playoffs Approach

    Photos by Marco TorresRookie T.J. Yates looked very rookie-esque​The Texans are three weeks from postseason play and have rapidly intensifying concerns at quarterback and placekicker, two of the most critical playoff positions. It may not be time to panic, but a regular season that seems cert ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Texans 20, Jaguars 13: Five Reasons Why Not to Panic

    In the moment, it felt so overwhelming. How could the Texans, already reeling from the loss of Matt Schaub, recover from yet another season-ending quarterback injury, this time to the left collarbone of Matt Leinart? The initial results didn't look promising. Although the Texans won their fifth st ... 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 10, 2011

    Raiders 25, Texans 20: One Step Forward, One Step Back

    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 >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Houston Texans Game 5 -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers (This Doesn't Go Well For Jacoby Jones)

    Be sure to check out the rest of our pics from Sunday's game. As we were driving slowly down Murworth to park in the Teal Lot before the Texans game on Sunday, my girlfriend Amy and I noticed a father with two boys (presumably his sons) around the ages of nine or ten stopped on the sidewalk having ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    URGENT Texans Update: There Will Be No Jonathan Weeks Game

    Jonathan Weeks: Uh-oh​Well, earlier today I gave you five reasons to watch the Texans tonight against the Jets. I guess we're down to four reasons now, because apparently long snapper extraordinaire Jonathan Weeks is out with an ankle injury. I thought I felt a tremor in the Force last week. ... More >>

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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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    November 29, 2010

    Texans 20, Titans 0: Andre Punctuates Big Win With Knockout Blow

    Marco TorresAndre Johnson (left) was ejected from the game after a fistfight with Titans player Cortland Finnegan. See more photos from the game in our slideshow.​For the first time in four weeks, the Texans left someone other than themselves and their fans feeling the effects of a punch. In ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Houston Texans -- R.I.P. 2010

    Dr. Kubler-Ross is here to see you, Texan fans​In her 1969 book Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross describes in detail the five stages of dealing with grief and tragedy. Simply put, the human progression is to exhibit feelings of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (like ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Chargers 29, Texans 23: If The Offense Can't Be Trusted, Then Why Is Kubiak Here?

    Oy.​See photos from the game and the tailgating competition in our slideshow. The Andre Johnson drop-turned-interception was the epitome of fluke. The Arian Foster touchdown-that-wasn't was an awful call that resulted from a terrible rule. But when the 4-4 Texans reflected on their heartbrea ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Houston Texans Turn The Corner -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Neil Rackers -- He's no Kris Brown​I shouldn't enjoy carnage as much as I do, but I have to admit that a few hours after Neil Rackers' 35-yard field goal sailed through the uprights, sending the Houston Texans to an improbable 30-27 overtime win over the Washington Redskins yesterday afternoon, My ... 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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    August 23, 2010

    GAME TIME: Texans-Saints -- 5 Winners, 5 Losers

    Oh, what the hell...go ahead and panic.​I keep trying to tell myself that the results of the Texans' trip to New Orleans last week didn't really count. Texans fans everywhere (and my liver) seem to disagree. New Orleans is one of a handful of places on earth that embodies the "too much of a ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    GAME TIME: Texans Thursday AM Practice Report (LIVE from New Orleans!)

    Maybe the Texans can get a little Rebirth in NOLA​While 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 >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Game Time: Texans Wednesday AM Practice Report (LIVE from New Orleans!)

    Land of Super Bowl champions​Safe, sound, and functioning on three hours of sleep, I am LIVE in New Orleans at the Saints practice facility in Metarie, LA covering the Texans and the Saints inter-squad practice sessions. For those unaware of the agenda, the Texans spent this morning and will spen ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Game Time: Sure I'll Grade The Texans' Draft, Just As Soon As I'm Done Tweeting With Peter King

    Tweet this: The Texans are stone junkies for tight ends.​I admit I'm a total mark for Twitter. I'm not one of those people who has to tweet every little thing that happens throughout the day (unless there is some semblance of comedic value, and then I become to Twitter what Travis Henry becomes to ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Texans 16, Rams 13: Staying Alive

    ​It's often noted how the difference between the 7-7 Texans and an 11-3 powerhouse is two Kris Brown kicks and two conversions of a single yard. Turns out, the difference between 7-7 and 1-13 isn't all that great, either. As the Texans seem to do in late-season road games where they're hea ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Why The Texans Losing Owen Daniels Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Photo courtesy of Brit_2​For most teams, a season-ending injury to arguably the NFL's best receiving tight end would be considered a devastating loss. But to the Texans, the absence of Owen Daniels may not be all that significant. Sure, Sunday's come-from-behind, 31-10 romp over Buffalo was ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Texans Refuse To Lose Easily, Instead Opting To Rip Your Heart Out

    ​Now these are the Houston Texans we've grown to know and not love.A week after uncharacteristically taking care of business in a game they were supposed to do so against Oakland, the Texans laid an egg in the desert on Sunday, losing 28-21 to Arizona. But of course, that only tells part of the st ... More >>

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