Found May 03, 2012 on
State of the Texans:
Now that the Houston Texans have taken the next step and made the playoffs for the first time we as fans and NFL analysts expect the Texans to be a consistent contender for years to come. This is new territory for a team that hasn’t been in this position before. Have the Texans truly arrived? Are they on the precipice of greatness, or are they just a one year wonder? For the skeptical fans it’s hard to see the Texans going any higher especially with the upcoming schedule and the track record that Wade Phillips carries as being a guy who can get his new team to the playoffs his first year but fall back to the pack the next year. The opposite side of the spectrum is the optimistic fan that says yes they can do it and this is the year to prove it. I remain neutral because I have seen teams falter under pressure and I’ve also seen teams thrive when on top and finally break through. Which team will the Texans be this year is the question I pose to fans?
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Here are the new twitter handles of all the new Houston Texans Rookies
Whitney Mercilus @Merci380
DeVier Posey @DPo8
Ben Jones @benjones60
Keshawn Martin @KeshawnMartin82
Jared Crick @JrodVCrick
Randy Bullock @randybullock28
Nick Mondek @Mondek62
Dwight Jones @Jones83_
Phillip Supernaw @PSupernaw11
Mario Louis @meezy_uno
Tracy Robertson @breakingboizoff
Last training camp I grabbed Jacoby Jones as he walked off the practice field. I wanted to talk to him about his new contract. The Texans had just signed him for 10.5 million over three years, and there seemed to be some meaning in that. Kind of a "Just so we're clear on this, we're expecting a 10 million receiver out of you" sort of message.
I asked him if he...
With the draft talk starting to die down, sadly, things have begun to shift to the current roster for the Texans. And after an offseason of multiple free agent losses, the primary concern has fallen on a trio of upcoming 2013 free agents that fans are already worried about losing.
In what I’ve labeled “The Trifecta,” these three players are left tackle Duane Brown, outside...
Usually it is Bob McNair, the owner, in the locker room after the game talking to reporters. The job suits him. He's got that whole old-guy Texas way about him, with the slow, pebbled drawl.
Then it goes to Gary Kubiak, the coach, another native Houstonian. He's younger, but he's got that thing, too.
And then there is Rick Smith, the general manager. He's not from...
Round 1, Pick 26 – Whitney Mercilus (OLB/DE)
With their first pick, Houston selected Whitney Mercilus, OLB from Illinois. Mercilus is a speed demon. He will bring an unrivaled amount of athleticism to the defensive front, and provide consistent pressure on the quarterback. Mercilus may not be an immediate starter, but expect to see him rotate in and get substantial playing time...
HOUSTON—The current peril of WR/KR specialist Jacoby Jones is proof that there is a difference between making mistakes in regular season games and making mistakes in playoff games.
Jones was released today by the Texans after making numerous blunders in their second round playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
To read this story and watch a touching Jacoby Jones video, please...
On this very special edition of Luy Ya Steel Blue the fellas Mike, Aaron and Pat bring in TXCleaver to discuss the Houston Texans NFL Draft. The guys are excited about what the Texans did on draft day. The topics include the draft, the undrafted free agents and the release of Jacoby Jones. With just good news floating around in Texans land, the organization might be headed into...
26. RLB Whitney Mercilus AI actually had Whitney Mercilus as my 6th rated prospect. I think he’s the best pass rusher in this draft class. He’s got a great motor and worked himself up the draft chart to have 22.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, and 9 forced fumbles last season. He’s a refined pass rusher and a great athlete. He could have an Aldon Smith type impact right away....
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Leinart is back in a familiar role as Carson Palmer's backup at quarterback.
The Oakland Raiders signed Leinart to a one-year contract on Tuesday, giving them two former Heisman Trophy winners from Southern California at quarterback.
Leinart reached the deal after working out for the Raiders to show that he has fully recovered from a broken left...
Case Keenum signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans. Keenum set several NCAA, conference and school records and left Houston as the all-time Football Bowl Subdivision leader in passing yards (19,217) and touchdown passes (155). The Texans put Keenum through a workout at Reliant Stadium and came away impressed. They'll enter the season with Matt Schaub as...
The Houston Texans earned the first playoff berth in franchise history in 2011, as they went 10-6 and won the AFC South, and also added a playoff win in the Wild Card round against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Having quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson back healthy after both missed significant time last season makes even further improvement possible in 2012, and...