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State of the Texans:
Gary Kubiak at the NFL Combine
With draft day fast approaching State of the Texans is offering up a draft day survival guide heading into the next three days. We will offer some advice to help you get through this upcoming monumental moment of every NFL season, and enjoy this time of year instead of getting ready to throw your beverage of choice at the television.
Trust me there will be a moment in the draft that will leave you wondering who is making the picks, but the Houston Texans have shown the past few seasons that they are slowly becoming respectable on draft day. With that we offer our help to you to get your through Sunday with all of your hair and sanity intact.
1. Stay Cool- No matter what direction the Texans take in Round one through 7, understand there is a plan in place. Keep the “knee-jerk” reactions to a minimum or you won’t make it through the draft with being emotionally involved. Have your favorites you would like the Texans to draft, but don’t lose...
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Whitney Mercilus is a decent value pick for the Houston Texans here, but I don’t think it was the home run they needed to improve their chances of competing for the Super Bowl in 2012.
The Texans already had solid outside linebackers in Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed, so Mercilus will only be part of the rotation early on. He’s definitely a nice piece to the puzzle, but there...
Historically speaking, Bum Phillips is probably the most adept coach of all-time that never won a Super Bowl.
If he’s not in your mind the greatest to never reach the brass ring, then it can’t be argued that he was loved during and after his time as the lead man for the Houston Oilers.
So much so that decades later a New York City production group is putting together an opera...
This is the one we’ve been waiting for! You know how we love Houston. More than 950 women (and one man) showed up for Texans cheerleader tryouts at Reliant Park back in mid April. This large group would eventually be cut down to 100 with final selections to be made on Draft Day. The final Texans cheerleader squad consists of about 25-35 cheerleaders.
Hopefuls didn’t just...
The Houston Texans played great last season and most people consider them a lock to make it back to the playoffs in 2012 due to their explosive offense and top-ranked defense but will Matt Schaub be under center when they get there? That’s actually a good question when you consider how many games Schaub has missed during his time in Houston. In the five years he has been with the...
HOUSTON Initially, the Texans draft strategy appeared cut-and-dried.
Franchise icon receiver Andre Johnson missed nine games last season, marking the second time in five years that Johnson participated in fewer than 10 games. The Texans were devoid of his leadership, and of greater importance, his production. Their offense was hamstrung without Johnson, whose injury history (Johnson...
Fox 26 in Houston is reporting that former Houston Texans kicker Neil Rackers told them he is signing with the Washington Redskins.
"We're headed to Washington," Rackers said. "I visited with Coach Shanahan and Danny Smith (Special Teams) out there yesterday and really enjoyed what they had to say. I'll be competing for a job with Graham Gano, who is an established...
Veteran free agent kicker Neil Rackers has signed with the Washington Redskins.
Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that Rackers will compete with Graham Gano to be this season's kicker.
Rackers has played 12 seasons with Cincinnati, Arizona and Houston. He made 32 of 38 field goal attempts -- including 4 of 5 from 50-plus yards -- last year with the Texans.
Gano went 31 for...
In this epic podcast the trio of Mike, Aaron and Pat look to talk about the upcoming NFL draft. We have our own mock draft with good friend and player guru Big Ron 281, and see if the guys put together a respectable first round mock-up to the Texans #26 pick.
Also the show brings in Shane Hallam from NFL Draft Countdown to talk prospects and what player the Texans might look for...
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Free agent kicker Neil Rackers has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins.
Rackers, contacted by phone by FoxSportsHouston.com, said he could not wait any longer for a deal from the Texans.
"We've spent two years in Houston and had promises for a year and a half of contract extensions," Rackers said. "(The Redskins) came to us with a one-year minimum...
Like most NFL General Managers, the Texans' Rick Smith was coy about the team's intentions for the 2012 draft which begins Thursday night. And Smith said despite the Texans' obvious needs at wide receiver and along the offensive line, Smith and his staff do not vary from creating a board based solely on the value of players.
"You really gotta believe me when I tell...
Skins sign 12-year vet Neil Rackers to compete with Gano. [The Insider]
Steinz and Farrar interview RGIII, get some good stuff. [Bog, Shutdown Corner]
A scary RGIII statue made of sandwiches. [Dr. Saturday]
Here are a bunch of Redskins cakes. [Burgundy Blog]
Debating whether Cooley will be around next year or not. [Real Redskins]
Skins bring LB Chris Wilson back. [Redskins Confidential...
We're switching gears and taking a look at some potential sleepers in this year's draft, starting off with Stanford's Chris Owusu:
When you have Andrew Luck as a QB, you learn things in a Pro style. Owusu is very fast, running a 4.31 – 4.36 at the combine in February. When healthy, he plays like a second or third rounder. Reliable on the field, good...