April 20, 2014

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #10 Antonio Smith

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In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #10 Antonio Smith was one of the few Houston Texans on defense that actually provided some life from a defense that took a beating in 2013. He was a mixed bag during the season, and there were times when his run defense was hard to watch, especially against bigger offensive lineman who moved him with ease. Smith struggled standing up to the run when it was right after him, but he showed ability to play the run on plays away from him where he…

Texans are Taking the Necessary Steps to Build a Winner

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The Houston Texans since the firing of former Head Coach Gary Kubiak, the organization has the feel that they have finally looked at the root of their issues of their recent failures. Since making the hiring of new Head Coach Bill O’Brien official, there has been a real changing of the guard for the Texans. O’Brien since coming aboard on January 3rd of this year has started to make his mark on the organization. It seems that Owner Bob McNair has let O’Brien make his own decisions to make the team better, and allowed General Manager Rick Smith stay part…

Duane Brown Headed to the Pro Bowl

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The Houston Texans announced that starting left tackle Duane Brown has been added to the Pro Bowl replacing Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters. This marks Brown’s second consecutive appearance in the Pro Bowl and second overall in his career. Brown had a down season compared to what Texans fans have grown accustomed to from the book end left tackle. He battled turf toe all season which hampered his play on the field, especially in pass protection. Brown will join teammates Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt in Hawaii for the annual event. The 2014 Pro Bowl teams will be determined through the Pro Bowl Draft held…

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #11 Garrett Graham

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In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #11 It took some time for Garrett Graham to get his shot on a NFL playing field and in his final year of his rookie contract, Graham started more games (11) in 2013 than he did the previous three seasons (9). Graham became a center piece of a Houston Texans offense that had some questionable quarterback play all season. Graham became the full-time starter for the Texans after week six when Owen Daniels went down with a fractured leg that kept him out for the season….

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #12 Kareem Jackson

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In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #12   After an impressive 2012 season where starting cornerback Kareem Jackson took some big strides as a NFL player, his 2013 season was a mixed bag. He had an up and down season which resulted in a late season slump that produced four touchdowns given up by Jackson in the last four games of the season. Jackson gave up six touchdowns during the season, but he did post career bests in coverage with average yards per catch against (10.4) and total yards after the catch…

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #13 Ryan Griffin

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In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #13   When rookie tight end Ryan Griffin arrived in Houston as a rookie, he looked the part from the get go for the Texans. At 6-5 and 254 lbs. Griffin is what you want in a NFL tight end, and he started the season as the “trey” tight end for the offense. Due to injuries Griffin was forced into action after Owen Daniels went down in week 5 with a fractured leg. Griffin who like fellow rookie D.J. Swearinger learned on the run had to…

Texans Officially Release 16 Coaches

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The Houston Texans have officially released 16 coaches from their contracts as new head coach Bill O’Brien takes over the team. The coaches released are as follows Perry Carter (assistant defensive backs) Rick Dennison (offensive coordinator) Karl Dorrell (quarterbacks) Dan Hammerschmidt (offensive assistant) Chick Harris (running backs) Reggie Herring (linebackers) Vance Joseph (defensive backs) Bobby King (assistant linebackers) Larry Kirksey (wide receivers) Marc Lubick (assistant wide receivers) Brian Pariani (tight ends) Wade Phillips (defensive coordinator) Jim Ryan (assistant offensive line) Matt Schiotz (assistant strength and conditioning) Cedric Smith (head strength and conditioning) Jeff Zgonina (assistant defensive line)   O’Brien had…

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #14 Keshawn Martin

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In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #14 Early in the season Keshawn Martin struggled like majority of the team, but as the season went on he improved for the Houston Texans. Martin’s real value lies in the fact that he is one of the top returners in the NFL and this held true once again in his second season in the NFL. Fumbles plagued him early, but when the coaching staff took away some duties from him he played and looked more focused for the Texans. Buried in the wide…

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #15 D.J. Swearinger

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In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season.    #15   The second round pick out of South Carolina was a work in progress for the Houston Texans, and D.J. Swearinger had enough of a positive impact for the defense when needed. Forced into action when Danieal Manning was placed on the injured reserve, Swearinger started 10 games while appearing in all 16 this season. 71 total tackles (54 solo, 17 assist) 4 pass deflections and 1 interception, Swearinger was the only true force from the safety position and that was while learning…

Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar Only Texans Coach Retained for 2014

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Head Coach Bill O’Brien cleaned house on a staff hired by former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. O’Brien has not given word on two assistants in offensive line coach John Benton and special teams coordinator Bill Ligashesky  on Monday to all but dismantle what was left of thee 2013 coaching staff. The only coach retained by O’Brien was defensive line and assistant head coach Bill Kollar. Kollar has been with the Texans since 2009 in the same position he is in now, and has been instrumental with his development of J.J. Watt and helping veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to a Pro Bowl in 2011…