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    August 6, 2014

    Thank Rick Smith: A Look at the Texans' Abnormally Inept and Unlucky 2013 Draft Class

    Back in June of 2012, Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith gave a fairly memorable interview to SI.com NFL scribe Peter King in which he laid out his philosophy on roster construction in today's NFL. Now, keep in mind that, looking back, if ever there were a time during the Rick Smith era that ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Andre Johnson Situation: An Overview

    "I'm under contract, so I have to play my contract out. I can't do anything about that." -- Andre Johnson, 11/17/2013 Truth be told, we should have seen this coming. Back in November of last year, in the waning minutes of another soul crushing 2013 defeat, this one at the hands of the immortal Mat ... 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 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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    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 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 1, 2014

    Countdown to 2013 King of Content: 2. Gary Kubiak and Matt Schaub (Schaubiak!)

    Every year since 2010, I've written the Houston Texans season preview for the print edition of the Houston Press, and while I've never been further off on a prediction for the final won-loss record than I was in 2013, I don't think I could have been more spot on with what the determining factor woul ... 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 23, 2013

    Dear Santa, All I Want in Houston Sports For Christmas Is...

    Christmas is just around the corner, and I've once again come to accept that Mrs. Santa's sister won't be visiting me this year. But I think I've been a good boy this year, and if Santa can't give me her, or money, then there are a few more things that hopefully he'll leave for me this year. JON GR ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Gary Kubiak Fired: The Kubiak Era Is Finally Over

    After nearly eight seasons of sub .500 football, briefly elevated by two division titles, and multiple new standards set for hitting tock bottom this season, the Gary Kubiak Era ended on Friday morning as owner Bob McNair announced that he had fired the now former Texans head coach this morning. Mc ... More >>

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    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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    November 15, 2013

    In Honor of Ed Reed: The Worst Free Agent Signings In Houston Sports History

    So Ed Reed's gone. It seems like just yesterday that Bob McNair was flying Reed around the country on McNair's private jet. But now, unwanted by the Texans, Reed finds himself playing for the Jets. Don't cry for Reed though, because while he barely played for the Texans, he collected nearly six mill ... More >>

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    November 3, 2013

    Case Keenum: a) A Star Is Born, Or b) The Texans Will Always Be The Texans

    Has there ever been an odder night at Reliant Stadium? A thrilling star-is-born first half by UH's Case Keenum, which seemed to rock the stadium to its core, ended with coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field and taken to the hospital. The Texans -- for whatever reason -- then reverted to their fr ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Finally, Gary Kubiak Is Right. It's on Him.

    In between not one but two live NFL games on Sunday night and one cross-country flight on Monday, I had plenty of time these last couple of days to think about the current state of the Houston Texans. And as they sit amid the charred, barely recyclable remnants of what was, at one time, viable Supe ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Texans Kicking Woes: What To Do About Poor Randy Bullock

    When Randy Bullock missed his third kick Sunday -- the fourth in the first two games of his Texans' career -- my initial, emotion-fueled instinct was simple. Cut him. The Texans (2-0), while not perfect, are legitimate Super Bowl contenders and probably No. 2 in the AFC pecking order behind only D ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Titans-Texans: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, "Gary Kubiak, Replay Ninja" Edition

    Around 8:00 Sunday night (presumably after walking several old ladies across the street and single handedly raising a million dollars in two hours to cure an obscure disease), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt tweeted this: Nobody said it'd be easy. #FindAWay— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 16, ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Texans Chemistry: Do the Texans Have the Formula to Win a Championship?

    Head Coach Gary Kubiak and quarterback Matt Schaub are cooking up another season together

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    September 4, 2013

    Brian Cushing's Deal Is Done, Who's Next?

    Omar Little put it best -- a man's gotta have a code. There's a time to color outside the lines, and there's a time to adhere unflinchingly to your own internal set of rules, and when it comes to contract negotiations, the Texans live by a strict moral code: Any negotiations of contract extensions ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    Let's Go Shopping At The Texans Clearance Sale!

    A few years ago, my kids were visiting from Chicago in the summertime, and we decided to head up to Dallas, for two reasons: 1. Eat lunch at the new-to-Dallas-but-an-old-friend-to-my-digestive-tract In-N-Out Burger 2. Take a tour of the still-fairly-new Cowboys Stadium, a/k/a "Jerry World" After ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    The Texans 2013 Draft Class: The Definitive Video Anthology (& Twitter Handles)

    Prior to the draft, at his annual pre-draft press conference, Texans general manager Rick Smith eschewed the idea of drafting for need versus looking for the best values on the board:

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    March 29, 2013

    As It Turns Out, The Texans Could've Very Easily Kept Connor Barwin

    "I think Brooks (Reed) and Connor (Barwin) played well. Sometimes because they're not numbers, the perception out there is somebody is not playing well because they don't have sacks, but I can tell you that can be far from the truth.  I think they play well. I think they were productive. You're alw ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    The Elvis Dumervil Fiasco: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Up until Friday afternoon, NFL free agency had been the usual fare of crappy teams overspending (what up, Miami and Cleveland?), great teams laying back and waiting for bargains (what up, New England and Green Bay?), and the Texans possibly getting played by Ed Reed (what up, Rick Smith?). There ha ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Houston Texans Free Agents: Priority And Return Likelihood Ratings

    After winning the BCS national title this season, Nick Saban was asked how long he is able to enjoy the taste of winning before moving onto the next season. Saban, in his typical understated, serial killer tone, said that he basically takes one day and then it's onto the next season. Well, if you'r ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Good, Not Great: Why Texans Need A Daryl Morey Approach To QB Position

    If good is the enemy of great, the Texans are in a lot of trouble as they map out a plan to break through their second-round ceiling. Owner Bob McNair and head coach Gary Kubiak are publically saying the happy, feel-good things. "We're very close," McNair said after the loss in New England, while K ... 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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    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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    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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    January 27, 2012

    Value Added: Arian Foster vs. Mario Williams

    The Texans are facing an offseason unlike any other they have ever seen in their ten years of existence. For the first time ever, General Manager Rick Smith, Coach Gary Kubiak and owner Bob McNair have to figure out how to keep together a very good lineup of players and, gasp, even make it better. F ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Move Over Stagger Lee, Jacoby Jones Has Something Dumber!

    A bigger "oops" than Rick Perry​Last Friday, John Granato and I were breaking down the keys to the Texans' playoff game in Baltimore on our radio show on 1560 The Game. For the Texans to win the game, I thought it would be crucial for them to get a big play in the return game from either Danie ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    5 Quick Thoughts On The Great Carson Palmer Heist

    Carson Palmer: Now rehabbing his rep​It's weird, as great as the National Football League has been, the one thing that the NBA and, to an even greater extent, Major League Baseball have had over the NFL for as long as I can remember is a compelling trade in-season trade deadline. In-season fo ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011

    Hey Texans, Has Anybody Checked On Wade Phillips?

    Anyone see Wade?​"I have so much more confidence. Generally, when you make any kind of change, you sort of hold your breath. You say, 'Boy, I hope this works out.' I'm not saying that here. It will work out. [Wade's] done it. He's been there. He's come in, he's looked at our film, we've talked ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Former Texan Ahman Green Cut By A CFL Team

    Ahman Green: Not a gentile Alouette​We all make mistakes. I do, you do, general managers of our local sports teams do. If each of the general managers of our major sports teams in Houston could get a mulligan on a free agent signing, turn back time and pretend it never happened, coming up wi ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Gary Kubiak Deathwatch: He Is Risen

    ​Bob McNair's decision to retain Gary Kubiak -- yes, there's a Hitler video about it -- shakes at the very foundations of belief in a sane, logical universe. What kind of owner brings back Kubiak? The kind of owner who hires Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, that's who. Just think -- b ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Texans 34, Jaguars 17: Will Strong Finish Outweigh Weeks of Futility?

    Texans fans hold their breath​For the first nine seasons of the Houston Texans franchise, the biggest problem for owner Bob McNair has been his inability to properly handle or frame success. The beast could be about to rear its ugly head yet again. A week ago, the thought was that eight lo ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Houston Texans -- Home For Wayward NFL Coaches?

    Note: Google Images auto-fills a Wade Phillips search to "Wade Phillips confused"​When the final gun sounds on Sunday after the Texans game with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the home team is either 5-11 or 6-10, change is coming for the Texans. At the very least, you'd have to think that Fra ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Houston Texans -- My Question to Bob McNair

    Bob McNair: Say it ain't so, Bob, say it ain't so​"I just wanted the team to know how close, not only we think they are, but how close our competitors think they are to being an outstanding team...I think what it does it's sort of an affirmation that we're on the right track. Clearly we have ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Houston Texans - Jobber To The Stars

    Just call him Gary "Special Delivery" Kubiak​"You just keep playin', you work hard in this business...keep workin', believe in what you're doin', keep your chin up, and keep pluggin', somethin' good will go our way." -- Gary Kubiak, 11/21/10 (but truth be told, he's said some variation of thi ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Jaguars 31, Texans 24: Were You Even Surprised?

    Hail Mary, full of grace....​Until eight days ago, it still felt different. Sure, the Texans were 4-3 and coming off a rough loss to the Colts. But until then, when the Texans had been beaten, they were clearly the lesser team -- losing by at least 13 points to physically superior opponents o ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Game Time: Andre Johnson -- Houston Texan For Life

    Andre Johnson, demonstrating why he's not a baseball player​Andre Johnson held out for the first three days of organized team activities this past spring, ostensibly to send a message to the Texans that he wanted to be paid in accordance with what he has become -- the best wide receiver in the Nat ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    What's It Gonna Take To Get Gary Kubiak Fired?

    Photo by Mark C. Austin​Before the football season, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair supposedly said that anything short of the playoffs for the team would be unacceptable. I say supposedly because here we are, in January, at the end of another non-playoff season, and not only is Gary Kubiak still ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Game Time: Defend Gary Kubiak? I'll Take A Stab At It

    ​Much has been made about Gary Kubiak's alleged hell, fire and brimstone speech he gave to the Texans in Saturday's team meeting before Sunday's workmanlike 34-7 win against the Seattle Seahawks. Actually, I didn't see the speech, so to portray it as "win one for the Gipper 2009" may not be entire ... More >>

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