Breaking News from Yahoo Sports and the Houston Chronicle: Rick Dennison will be the new Offensive Coordinator of the Houston Texans.  Dennison played and coached with Head Coach Gary Kubiak in Denver.  He leaves the Broncos where he was the Offensive Line Coach after being demoted from the Offensive Coordinator job. More on this development later. Breaking [...] Continue reading → | , ,
The Texans ended the season with a bang, beating the once mighty Patriots 34-27 for their first winning season in team history.  Unfortunately they missed the playoffs. With that being said the post season maneuvers started almost as soon as the game was over.  When the Redskins fired their head coach and brought in Mike Shanahan, Houston lost their Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan.  Kyle left to join his dad in Washington, which everyone knew would happen. It also appears that Offensive Line Coach Alex Gibbs is going to Seattle.  This leaves Houston in search of two coaches.  Head Coach Kubiak has already interviewed several available coaches for the OC job and the front runner seems to be Rick Dennison from Denver, where he is (was) the offensive line coach. The [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Well the 2009 NFL season has ended for our Houston Texans and still no playoff berth.  That is the bad news. The good news is that our favorite team has posted their FIRST winning record in their short 7 years in the league. So as we all prepare to watch Indy and everyone else play on into the post season it is time to look back at the Texans season and try to find the problems that remain with the team and what to fix for next year. With this in mind lets look at some stats from this year.  The offense lead the way this year (as usual) ranking #10 in the league overall.  While that may sound pretty good to you let's look deeper into that ranking. The Texans ranked #1 in passing yards per game, but #30 in rushing yards per game.  That needs to change if we want to make a [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
First let me apologize for taking so long to get back to the Texans and their roller coaster season.  Unfortunately during the holidays I work 10 - 14 hours a day and this year I was the person closing every day. Ok, let's get to our favorite teams progress.  Let's see, the last time I spoke the Texans were going into their bye week having just lost to Indy in a heartbreaker.  Since then they have dropped 3 more games by 7 points or less and have won 3 more games. The Texans went to Miami for a must win game against the 'phins who also needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.  Unlike some games where the Texans come out flat and take a drive or two to come alive, this time they came out firing on at least 6 or 8 cylinders on the first possession. The Texans scored on [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Well, our Houston Texans failed their biggest test to date in their young football career.  They failed to best the Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, and fell to 5-4 on the season. By now, all of you probably know how the game played out, but let me recap the game right quick.  The Texans came out flat and gave up 10 points before the offense got on track.  They had 9, count them 9, penalties in the first half and only managed to put up 3 points in the half.  Then came half time.  The Texans came out in the second half firing on all cylinders.  They put up 17 unanswered points to take the lead.  The defense shut down Manning and co., until the end on the 4th quarter, when Manning connected with Addai for the go ahead score.  The Texans drove down again, but an interception of [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
Wow!  Last week was a nail biting, hair pulling, gut checking and heart stressing win.  I started the game nervous, by half time I was feeling good, by the end of three I was nervous again and with two minutes left I was a screaming mess of nerves and high blood pressure.  Thank you Texans defense. Our Houston Texans ran up a 21 - 0 lead at half time while limiting the 49er offense to a whole 50 yards of total offense and then almost let it get away.  A few years ago, heck even last year, I would not have given them a chance even with this score but this year is different.  I thought they had this in the bag and was ready for a final score of say, umm I don't know, 35 - 3 or so.  Instead we got 24 - 21. The good news, our run defense showed up again, we had a pass rush ( for [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Maybe I should quit previewing games.  It seems like every time I do the research and write a preview of a Texans game they come out and lose.  On the other hand when I don't preview a game and just let them play, they win. The Texans were underdogs to the 4-1 Bengals and everyone, including our own Andy Benoit, picked the Bengals to win easily over a suspect Houston Defense.  Well it didn't turn out that way with the Texans putting up 28 points and winning it going away. The Texans run defense showed up and limited the league leading rusher to just 44 yards on 16 carries.  The pass defense was present also, limiting Ochochinco to just 103 yards receiving and 0, read it 0, touchdowns.  The Texans defensive unit limited the Bengals to just 296 total yards of offense, 17 points [...] Continue reading →
Whew, we won that one.  Although it wasn't really close, and the Texans should have beat the Raiders, I was worried.  What with the defensive problems we have had, and our run game shuddering. Although the Texans won convincingly against the Raiders, just remember that we played one of, if not the, worst teams in the league.  Sorry Raider fans but that is reality.  The Texans defense held the black and silver to just 165 yards on offense and only 6 points.  That sounds really good and if it was against someone like the Titans or Broncos I might get all excited but it wasn't, it was the Raiders. The week 5 game is against the defending NFC champion Arizona Cardinals in their home field.  Just like last week, on paper the Texans have the advantage in almost every stat there [...] Continue reading → | , ,
Well the season is now officially three weeks old and it is time for the Houston Texans to do some deep soul searching on their team. First the Good:  The offense is still firing on all cylinders.  QB Matt Schuab is healthy and WR Andre Johnson is still in Pro Bowl form.  As the game against Tennessee showed, this offense can put up impressive numbers.  WR Kevin Walters has shown that he is at least a great number two receiver and possibly a good number one.  The Kickers are, as always, good and special teams are at least doing their jobs. The Bad:  RB Steve Slayton seems to be suffering from the same 2nd year slump that he worked to avoid.  He already has three, count them 3, fumbles this year.  His yards per carry are down and he only has one run of 20 yards.  Some of the [...] Continue reading →
Well the preseason is over.  The Texans went 2-2 in the preseason and showed some improvement and, unfortunately, some regression.  The important thing now is ...... ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!! The Texans have gotten CB Dunta Robinson back and even though he has not practiced or played a down the emotional boost to the defense will help.  DT Travis Johnson just got traded away ( cheer!!! ) but Eugine Wilson is injured. It appears at this writing that the starting lineup for the season opener against the NY Jets is as follows: QB - Matt Schuab ( sore ankle ) RB - Steve Slayton/Chris Brown WR - Andre Johnson/Andre Davis/Jacoby Jones TE - Owen Daniels/Joel Dreessen O Line - the same starters as last year D Line - no change from last year except DT [...] Continue reading → | , ,
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