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Reflection Of Texans Over Raiders

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Texans Dominated And Put Away The Raiders Early

The Houston Texans improved to 2-0 on the season by completely destroying the Oakland Raiders in their home opener. It is the fifth straight year that the Texans have started their season winning their first 2 games.

Ryan Fitzpatrick And Texans Have A Turnover Free Game

One of the biggest keys for the Texans to come out with a victory over the Raiders was for them to not shoot themselves in the foot and take care of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been fumble and interception prone in his career but so far in facing lesser competition and relying heavily on a running game, he has yet to turn the ball over in the regular season. Continue reading

Texans over Redskins Reflection

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The Texans Pass Rush Comes Alive In Season Opener, Texans Win 17-6

The Texans were able to start off the 2014 season on a good note with a hard fought win, ending what was a 14 game losing streak. It wasn’t a tightly executed game all the way around, but the Texans were able to make plays on defense and get a few things to bounce their way. There were some good things to come away with, especially on defense but there is plenty for the Texans to improve on. Continue reading

More Relfection Of Texans’ Performance

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The Texans Did Had Some Positives To Come Out Of The Preseason Debacle

The Texans had a very poor showing in Bill O’Brien’s debut as head coach, there is no getting around that, but the panic button shouldn’t be pressed just yet. The preseason is for fine tuning and for the evaluations of players to find out who should be kept on the 53-man roster for the regular season.

It is concerning that it didn’t look like much has change from last season, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that players are still getting acclimated to playing a new system on both sides of the ball. I would expect that Fitzpatrick will be able to get things cleaned up with more practices and preseason reps, at least to a point where the offense doesn’t look like a complete mess.

The same goes for the performance by the secondary, it is a new scheme and the players are being asked to do different things. Also we likely won’t see a match-up of
Brandon Harris on a receiver like Larry Fitzgerald when it matters, which resulted in an easy touchdown score in the redzone.

The aspect that should be most disturbing is the level undisciplined football which seem to have carried over from last season. It is something that Bill O’Brien has notably put an emphasis but for whatever reason it didn’t translate over into the game.

Positives That Stood Out in Texans vs. Cardinals Preseason Game

It may be hard to believe but there are a few positives from individual players to take note of and to be encouraged about.

Jadeveon Clowney is the real deal.

Even with the numerous missed practices we heard plenty about how much of a freak athlete Clowney has been in training camp when he has been able to participate. It continued against the Cardinals and it will be a spectacle to watch him work for four quarters with J.J. Watt on the defensive line. Clowney’s ability to exploded off the line and instantly get into the backfield on this level is easily the best thing to come out of the game yesterday. Seeing him try to cover a tight end is a concern though, it doesn’t look natural and he could be exploited by teams if he is asked to do a lot of it. Continue reading

Texans Training Camp Notables

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 Noteworthy Storylines In Texans Training Camp

1. By all accounts Jadeveon Clowney looks to be every bit of the player the Texans were hoping to get with the #1 overall pick. He has been blowing people off of the line and getting to the ball carrier as soon as they are handed the ball. He was even able to block a punt, so it appears that the duo of Clowney and Watt on the same line will wreak a lot of havoc.

Sports hernia surgery and now a minor tweak have caused him to misses practices which have set him back a little bit, but Clowney has been able to overcome the missed time because of his freakish athletic ability.
2. Many assumed Brooks Reed to move to inside linebacker but it might now be clear that he will be staying at outside linebacker. He has been taking all of his reps from the outside in training camp opposite of Clowney during Texans training camp. Reed’s versatility has been praised among coaches the past few weeks and Rick Smith recently said that he holds the most value on the outside. It will be interesting to see if Reed does end up starting over Whitney Mercilus.

Mercilus is a former first round pick and is a more athletic and explosive player than Reed. The two players have been disappointing the past few years, but Mercilus has also been more successful at getting after the quarterback. There have been positive reports on Reed’s coverage ability in camp so that could be big factor in why he has been ahead of Mercilus. Continue reading

Texans’ Voluntary Mini-Camp Day 2

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Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans’ Voluntary Veteran Mini-Camp Day 2. Credit: HoustonTexans.com

Not much new in Day 2 of the 3-Day Voluntary Mini-Camp but there were a few tidbits from the Texans and Bill O’Brien.

  • Receivers behind Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins

A couple weeks back Bill O’Brien had said that he didn’t really feel that there was slot receiver on the Texans’ roster and that the position would have to be addressed in the draft. When O’Brien had said this I was surprised and a little confused because the Texans have a bevy of receivers, including Devier Posey who is 16 months removed from an achilles tear, but had a tremendous recovery and should be close to his old self by now. Posey showed a lot of flashes at the end of 2012 and a few in 2013, and is a former 5th pick of the 3rd round in the 2012 draft. Also Keyshawn Martin who was a late 4th round pick in 2012 is on the roster, and Kubiak had high hopes for him as a slot receiver.

Not to also mention that Kubiak placed three receivers Alec Lemon, Andy Cruse, and Alan Bonner on Injured Reserve last year. Out of those 3 guys that went on Injured Reserve Alec Lemon impressed the most during preseason, Andy Cruse had a few good plays, and Alan Bonner wasn’t able to get on the field due to a hamstring injury during Texans’ training camp.

So with all that said I was scratching my head about the fact that O’Brien didn’t feel good about the Slot receiver position on the roster. Today post practice Coach O’Brien was asked about the Slot receiver position and how he felt Mike Thomas could fill that role (Mike Thomas was signed shortly after season). O’Brien acknowledged what he had previously said and today said after seeing the players on the field these past two days that there are a few guys that have the skills to fill both the slot/outside receiver role.

Personally I like DeVier Posey a lot, and feel that he would best fit the 3rd receiver spot. Posey probably has the best combination of size and speed on the Texans’ behind Andre, and based off the little action we have seen from Posey, things just seem to happen when he gets the football in his hands. I’m really excited to see what O’Brien does offensively with all the options at wide receiver and I think that O’Brien will see all the talent and will find a way to utilize it. I just feel that the passing attack has a chance to be very explosive.

  • Texans will use analytics under O’Brien

It was brought up to O’Brien that the Astros and Rockets rely on heavily on the use of analytics, and was asked about his view towards the use of analytics. I really liked that O’Brien said that a bit of it will be used in the draft process and will surely be used in season when game planning for opponents. He is really open to any information that will give an edge on game planning or any additional knowledge, and thinks it is important to have as much knowledge as you can.

  • Linebackers Coach Mike Vrabel

In the two days of the voluntary mini-camp there has been a lot of praise over linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. He is well respected by the coaches, including O’Brien, and all the Texans’ players that are asked about Vrabel speak very highly of him. He is said to be very smart, a great teacher, and cares about whether the linebackers understand what they are supposed to be doing on the field. Brooks Reed today on Vrabel said, “He’s probably the perfect guy to be our position coach”. Mike Vrabel played 14 years in the NFL, 8 of those with the Patriots and was a part of the 3 Super Bowls with the Patriots.

Ted Johnson who has been doing radio on Sports Radio 610 in Houston for the last two years, spent 10 years with Patriots, was captain of the defense and was also a part of the 3 Super bowls. Ted Johnson on a number of occasions, even before Mike Vrabel was signed to the Texans had said that in his time in the NFL, Vrabel was the smartest teammate football-wise he ever had. Hopefully Vrabel’s knowledge does indeed translate to the linebackers on the Texans rosters, as they need to start seeing a returning on Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus.

  • Coach O’Brien’s iPod playlist at practice

There were giggles shared surrounding the music that was being played at practice because O’Brien admitted it was his iPod playing the music. The music selection was said to have ranged from 80’s music, country, pop, and even some rap. O’Brien said he likes a wide variety of music but made sure it was relatively clean. Also said that the music being played and played loudly served a purpose so that the players can be forced to communicate loudly during practice. O’Brien was asked where he got the idea to play music during practice, and said that didn’t know but it was done in New England so he cited that he probably got it from Bill Belichick.

  • Garrett Graham not going to watch draft either

I find it odd that some players say that they aren’t going to watch the draft. With the Texans holding the number 1 pick, there is a lot of importance surrounding that pick and will have a large impact on the team. Graham said he does not know what he will be doing during the draft and said he will probably be grocery shopping, but also said he would check his twitter feed to see who the Texans get.