AP Source: QB Watson requests trade from Houston Texans
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson speaks during a news conference following an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)HOUSTON – Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. The same source who told The AP about the trade request said Watson made the ask before Culley’s hire. The only other minority candidate who was hired as a head coach this offseason was the New York Jets' Robert Saleh, the league's first Muslim American head coach.
Betting Odds on Next Houston Texans Head Coach
This just in — the Houston Texans were not very good last season. So who will be the one anointed as the fourth full time head coach in franchise history? In fact, the folks at betonline.ag literally want to make it even more interesting by providing odds on whom the Texans will choose as their next head coach. Next, there is no chance they retain Romeo Crennel and make him the permanent head coach, so cross him off. In fact, it appears to be fairly likely that Meyer winds up in Jacksonville as the next Jags head coach.houstonpress.com
Bad Texans get mad as losing streak extends to 4 games
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leaves the field after a losing an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Houston. HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have been bad all season. Sunday was the third time in the past four games the Texans have had a chance to win or tie a game late but lost a fumble instead. “And in my mind, for me, he brings a high level of hope for us to be able to win a game. The Titans beat the Texans 42-36 in overtime in Week 6 behind a 212-yard rushing performance from Derrick Henry.
Four Reasons Deshaun Watson Must Start the Final Three Games of the 2020 Season
who think that keeping Watson safe from injury the final three games is the better tactic than trying to win those three games with their starting quarterback. Deshaun Watson himself. pic.twitter.com/nJMPpekRcJ — Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) December 14, 2020Add me to the list of people that want to see Watson play the final three games of the season. Before I lay out the reasons why, be sure to note this — if he is healthy, Watson WILL play on Sunday. The all NFL needs teams to treat late season games as meaningfulIt’s kind of part of the code of the NFL for teams to put their best foot forward in late season games, even when you’re out of it.houstonpress.com
NFL Week 14: Texans-Bears — Four Things To Watch For
Say what you will about the disappointment of a 4-8 season for the Houston Texans in 2020, but there is no denying the fact that they are anything but boring. ), there are still four actual games remaining to be played, beginning with a trip to frigid Chicago this weekend to take on a Bears team that is reeling. Here are four things to watch, other than the thermometer in Chi-town this weekend....4. Typically, when teams have their seasons officially (or at least de facto mathematically) ended, there's a tendency to come out flat the next week. SPREAD: Texans -2PREDICTION: Texans 23, Bears 20Listen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com
NFL Week 13 Heartbreak: Colts 26, Texans 20 — Four Winners, Four Losers
They lost, again, in confounding, heartbreaking fashion, 26-20 to the Indianapolis Colts, falling to 4-8 on the season. HiltonHilton is a Texans killer, having racked up over 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in 16 career games against the Texans coming into Sunday. Yesterday, Hilton was slicing the Texans throughout the first half, with seven catches for 100 yards and the Colts' first touchdown of the afternoon. The Texans bottled him up in the second half, only one catch for ten yards, but the damage was done. Speaking of 100 yard games, the Texans actually had TWO receivers hit the century mark yesterday.houstonpress.com
McCown with Texans 19 seasons after hoping to join team
In 2002 the Houston Texans were an expansion team preparing for their first season and McCown had just wrapped up his college career at nearby Sam Houston State. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)HOUSTON – In 2002, the Houston Texans were an expansion team preparing for their first season and Josh McCown had just wrapped up his college career at nearby Sam Houston State. Nineteen seasons and nine teams later, the quarterback finally got his wish when he signed with the Texans this month to be their third quarterback behind Deshaun Watson and AJ McCarron. I followed it closely because it was another team in Texas,” McCown said. Since McCown has been in the NFL since the Texans became a team, it’s no surprise that at 41 he’s by far the oldest player on the team.
Romeo Crennel's Fourth Down Follies In Sunday's Texans Loss
(For the record, I agreed with Crennel's one big decision in that game, going for two up seven late in regulation.) I knew that a field goal would be rough, tough at that one so we popped up the punt. We call it a pop punt by the field goal kicker. Here is Crennel on the decision to eschew a short, potential conversion for a long field goal attempt in a tornado:“I made a decision on the field goal. Discombobulated, the Texans burned their SECOND timeout of the half just so they could gather themselves.houstonpress.com
NFL develops 7-point mobility plan for diversity hiring
When the Rooney Rule was adopted by the NFL in 2003, Vincent was in his 12th of 15 seasons as an outstanding defensive back. He was soon to become the president of the NFL Players Association, an impactful position he held for four years. He was soon to become the president of the NFL Players Association, an impactful position he held for four years. Yet he knows the Rooney Rule, designed to advance opportunities for minorities in such areas as coaching and front office positions, hasn't been having the desired effect. Vincent makes note of the dozens of people who have pushed for diversity in the 17 years since the Rooney Rule was adopted.
NFL Week 10: Browns 10, Texans 7 — Four Winners, Four Losers
Let's start with the actual Texans game itself, as we lay out the winners and losers from Sunday.... Kareem Hunt and Nick ChubbThe story of this game was undoubtedly the second half bludgeoning the Browns administered to the Texans in the run game. The Texans were actually defending the run well for most of the afternoon, allowing 83 yards on 23 carries through three quarters. It's that teams like the Browns, Raiders, Dolphins, Bills, and Colts (all 6-3, except the Bills, who are 7-3) have all shot past the Texans. Those may have come in handy toward the end of the game, except truth be told, the Texans' run defense probably wasn't stopping the Browns anyway.houstonpress.com
The Latest: Steelers beat Bengals 36-10 to improve to 9-0
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 36-10 to become the NFL’s first team to get to 9-0 since the 2015 Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals beat Buffalo 32-30 on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins with 2 seconds left, dropping the Bills record to 7-3. Brees was shaken up on a sack in the second quarter when Kentavius Street landed on him. 1 pick Joe Burrow, threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jakeem Grant with 58 seconds left in the first quarter. Cole had scored on a franchise-record 91-yard punt return in the second quarter.
Texans hope for strong defense in Cleveland
In Week 10, the Texans are in an odd spot. This past week, the Texans unexpectedly fired VP of Communications, Amy Palcic. That may not seem like it has to do anything with football, but it was another indication of the Texans being in bad shape behind the scenes. With how this season has gone, a win in Cleveland would be more than valuable. It’s going to be a challenge for our defense, but a challenge obviously that we’ll accept.”This Browns team can run the ball, and the Texans rank 32nd in rushing defense; a stat that is unsettling heading into Sunday.
The Latest: Packers' Krys Barnes, Jordan Love on COVID list
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Green Bay Packers placed linebacker Krys Barnes and reserve quarterback Jordan Love on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The list is for a player who has tested positive or has been in close contact with an infected person. The Bears canceled practice and closed their facility Thursday after another player tested positive. ___The Atlanta Falcons canceled practice and worked virtually Friday after a member of the football staff tested positive for COVID-19. “The whole reason we’re doing it is to get guys to the game,” coach Raheem Morris said.
NFL, Week 9: Texans-Jaguars — Four Things To Watch For
What's a reasonable goal for the Texans as they resume this season coming off of the bye week? Beat Jacksonville this week, beat Cleveland next week, and then you're coming home for a game against a wounded Patriots team. Oh, a rookie QB! He also ranks ninth in the NFL in passing yards (2,095), tied for seventh in passing touchdowns (15) and seventh in completion percentage (69.5) this season. SPREAD: Texans -7PREDICTION: Texans 34, Jaguars 14Listen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com
Tua vs Kyler as rising Dolphins visit revitalized Cardinals
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) embrace after Tagovailoa throws his first touchdown pass during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Margaret Bowles via AP)When the Dolphins leave the oceanfront and head to the desert to play the Cardinals on Sunday, it will be about more than Tua vs. Kyler. Tua Tagovailoa, as touted as any signal caller coming out of college in years, will make his second start for Miami. Henry has eight rushing touchdowns, finding the end zone in five straight games. The Patriots will try to avoid losing five straight games for the first time since 1995.
The Latest: Lions put Jalen Elliott on reserve/COVID-19 list
(Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Detroit Lions have put safety Jalen Elliott on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The list is for players who either test positive or have been in close contact with an infected person. ___UConn has suspended all men's basketball activities after a player tested positive for the coronavirus. The confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case occurs when a player receives two consecutive positive test results. He was placed on it because he had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive.
The Latest: Rangers suspend 2 players for breaking protocol
It also said there have been no positive tests “among players, coaches or staff members.”Cleveland lost 16-6 at home to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. ___The Green Bay Packers say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19. ___The Houston Texans have had no other positive COVID-19 tests since one positive test forced their facility to close during last week’s bye week. “And I think our players are doing the right thing.”___Coach Kliff Kingsbury says the Arizona Cardinals had two unidentified positive COVID-19 tests over the weekend. ___Bayern Munich says defender Niklas Süle has tested positive for the coronavirus and is in isolation at home.
Four Potential Trade Destinations For J.J. Watt
Here's Romeo on Monday when asked about Watt being angry:DE J.J. Watt was clearly frustrated after the game yesterday when talking to the media. For the Texans to move Watt, though, it would need to be a collaborative effort, with the team getting input from Watt on possible destinations. The return must be right for the team, as well, but it should be a trade that the Texans and Watt BOTH feel works. If the Texans find a team willing to deal a first round pick, they should fly Watt out private THAT NIGHT. Perhaps they'd like to take this defense to the next level and add Watt to this "Dream Team" vibe.houstonpress.com
Which Houston Texans Are Possible Trade Deadline Assets?
I’ve been informed of some possibilities but nothing definite right now.” Do you think the trade possibilities have become a distraction to the team about their status? I think players like the security of knowing that they’re going to be on the team and they don’t have to uproot family and move and stuff like that. But like I told the players, I’m trying to win games and I’m not trying to trade players. The cap hit for the Texans to move him would be minimal, although I'd like to see the Texans hold onto Roby. TRADE LIKELIHOOD: 10 to 15 percentWILL FULLER, WR (SPOTRAC)DEAD CAP $ HIT: NONEREASONABLE COMPENSATION: 3rd round pickMITIGATING FACTORS: If the Texans are of mind to trade Fuller, then they need to get it done.houstonpress.com
Browns' Beckham, Washington's Collins leave with injuries
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Cleveland receiver Odell Beckham and Washington safety Landon Collins will have more tests Monday to determine the extent of what could be season-ending injuries. Beckham injured his left knee while attempting to make a tackle after Baker Mayfield threw an interception on the team's opening pass play. Collins injured his left ankle/Achilles tendon in noncontact fashion early in the second quarter. Phillips was carted off the field early in the second quarter. — Carolina left tackle Russell Okung (calf) left in the second half against New Orleans and did not return.
Henry, Titans rally past Texans 42-36 in OT, remain unbeaten
Henry took a direct snap and ran 5 yards for a touchdown 3:30 into overtime and the Titans remained undefeated, rallying to beat the Houston Texans 42-36 on Sunday. “Obviously, we all witnessed somebody taking a game over,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Henry. Watson's final TD pass put Houston (1-5) up 36-29 with 1:50 left, but his pass to Randall Cobb on the 2-point conversion attempt failed. Brown on a 7-yard TD pass with 4 seconds left. Watson answered two plays later with a 53-yard TD pass to Will Fuller for a 30-29 lead with 8:37 left.
Astros Fall in Game One of ALCS 2-1: Four Thoughts
After averaging three home runs and eight runs per game during the ALDS, they moved on to San Diego's Petco Park to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS. The Rays took five games to dispatch the Yankees in their series, and it became clear on Sunday night that the Astros took a step up in weight class against the Rays. Despite an early home run from Jose Altuve and out-hitting the Rays 9-6, the Astros just could not muster any runs beyond the one long ball. In addition to the success of the Rays' staff, Astros pitching remained in fine form as well. Tampa remains the favorite on their pitching alone, but their defense, like the Astros, is stingy.houstonpress.com
NFL Week 5: Texans 30, Jaguars 14 — Four Winners, Four Losers
A lot has gone down since then, both within the Texans (DeAndre Hopkins trade says "What's up!") It was the first win of the season for the 1-4 Texans, and the first time the Texans won a game by double digits since — wait for it, wait for it — they defeated the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS in London last season, 26-3. In Sunday's game, and around the league, there were winners and losers. Bernardrick McKinneyMcKinney showed up in the injury report late in the week last week with a shoulder injury, and was rendered inactive on Sunday. Doug MarroneThe Texans earned their win on Sunday, but they were most certainly aided by the Jaguars.houstonpress.com
Watson tosses 3 TDs as Texans get 1st win, 30-14 over Jags
HOUSTON – Deshaun Watson threw for a season-high 359 yards and three touchdowns and the Houston Texans got their first win of the season with a 30-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in the wake of coach Bill O’Brien’s firing. It was recovered by Whitney Mercilus, who fumbled on the return, but the Texans pounced on the ball to keep it. Houston (1-4) pushed the lead to 30-14 when Watson found Brandin Cooks on a 28-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-4 with about five minutes remaining. The Texans were able to overcome two interceptions by Watson by taking advantage of two fumbles by the Jaguars. They entered the game allowing an NFL-worst 181.8 yards a game, but limited the Jaguars to 75 on Sunday.
Texans hoping to get win in their first week without Bill O’Brien
HOUSTON – The Texans are preparing for their first game since the end of the Bill O’Brien era. Houston is 0-4, but hoping for a fresh start and a win over a beatable division rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars. One way to do a better job of tackling is to have live tackling drills. Other than that, no, I think the tackling shouldn’t be too big of an issue more than it is any other year.”Does the team think the Texans can turn this around? I think that’s been good for our leaders on the team to step up and do that.
NFL Week 5: Jaguars-Texans — Four Things To Watch For
This time last week, the winless Houston Texans were heading into a home game against the winless Minnesota Vikings. According to multiple reports, star defensive end J.J. Watt got into a shouting match with head coach Bill O'Brien in the week leading up to the trip to Pittsburgh in Week 3, a shouting match that enough other players internalized as Bill O'Brien finally losing his mind that the head coach "lost the team." I'll let the Texans' interim head coach handle this one:RAC Run D spiel on energy and attitude ? The Texans win Sunday, but it will be a close one. SPREAD: Texans -6PREDICTION: Texans 27, Jaguars 26Listen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com
Odds On Who Will Replace Bill O'Brien As Houston Texans Head Coach
Swinney would be a favorite of Texan fans if indeed he became the team's new head coach. It would also help if the new head coach didn't scream down fans while going into the locker room at halftime... McDaniels' first stint as a head coach, in Denver, was a disaster, but people learn. DABO SWINNEY, Clemson head coach +1,200This pick would win two things — the heart of Deshaun Watson, and the introductory press conference. The remaining long shots on the board.....MATT EBERFLUS, Colts defensive coordinator +1,500DON MARTINDALE, Ravens defensive coordinator +1,800LINCOLN RILEY, Oklahoma head coach +2,000MIKE GUNDY, Oklahoma State head coach +2,500JIM HARBAUGH, Michigan head coach +3,000Of those, I think Riley would be the best choice, and Harbaugh would be the best for content.houstonpress.com
Interim Texans head coach Romeo Crennel says he just want to make the team better
HOUSTON – Wednesday was the first day that Houston heard from the new Texans interim head coach Romeo Crennel. Crennel is now at the helm after former Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was fired Monday. Crennel’s last head coaching position was with the Kansas City Chiefs. “I think that I’m just a football coach, and I enjoy coaching and that’s why I’m still coaching," Crennel said. With an 0-4 start to the season, the new interim coach said he is hopeful they can change the momentum.
Bill O’Brien fired by Texans: “We didn’t do enough to get it done”
HOUSTON – The Bill O’Brien era is officially over in Houston. McNair didn’t feel a turnaround would occur unless he gave O’Brien, the teams General Manager since January, his walking papers which he did on an afternoon phone call to O’Brien. Associate Head Coach Romeo Crennel was tabbed by McNair as the Texans Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season. Here are some of the top quotes from the now former Texans GM and Head Coach. I will leave here with very fond memories of the Houston Texans organization.
Texans’ head coach, GM Bill O’Brien fired
Houston Texans' head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien has been fired. Team owner Cal McNair announced the decision Monday and thanked O’Brien for his work with the team. O’Brien speaks after firing:WATCH LIVE: Bill O'Brien speaks after firing from Texans Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Monday, October 5, 2020SOME TOP QUOTES FROM HIS EXIT PRESSER:On being fired:“I respected the decision. Romeo Crennel will serve as our interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season. pic.twitter.com/5JbZylPTbp — Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 5, 2020This is a developing story.
3 points from new Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver
In the offseason, the Texans promoted defensive line coach Anthony Weaver to defensive coordinator. So everything weve put in this far, theyve been able to handle, said Weaver. When it comes to focusing on their football-related tasks, Weaver is again confident his team can manage. Having been around these guys, having relationships developed already, thats been a huge advantage. The only pressure I feel is getting our guys prepared to play, Weaver said.
Houston Texans Housecleaning Continues, Numerous Staffers Fired
The corporate kill count for the Bill O'Brien Era regime over on Kirby Drive continues to pile up. * Chris Olsen, now former Senior VP of Football Administration was fired on the Sunday of the conference title games (excellent news dump time!). So now, onto the latest beheadings by Bill O'Brien and Executive VP of Football Development Jack Easterby, who are 100 percent co-running this show. He has been executive VP of team development. I repeat, it would be nice ifsomeone could explain just what the hell is going on over there.houstonpress.com
Shakeup on Kirby: Crennel Out, Weaver In As Defensive Coordinator
John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 20, 2020Then, on Monday morning, while most of Houston was still sleeping, Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported that longtime assistant Romeo Crennel would be vacating the defensive coordinator spot:Shakeup in Houston: Longtime respected assistant Romeo Crennel is not expected to return as the #Texans' defensive coordinator, sources tell me and @RapSheet. DL coach Anthony Weaver a top candidate for DC. Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 20, 2020And two hours later, defensive line coach Anthony Weaver would get a big promotion:Texans promoted their defensive line coach Anthony Weaver to their defensive coordinator, per league sources. He's done solid work coaching defensive lines in Buffalo, Cleveland, and Houston, and is widely regarded as one of the bright young minds in the coaching business. That might necessitate looking at different styles of personnel, particularly along the defensive line, where maybe they skew away from the big 300 pounders Crennel liked, and go with more athletic types.houstonpress.com
JJ Watt ready for his Texans return Saturday
HOUSTON – Don’t tell J.J. Watt how big Saturday will be for the Texans organization. “It’s important," Watt said Wednesday after the Texans practiced, leading up to their ninth playoff game in franchise history. “It’s very, very big.”As the clock ticks down to the Texans playoff opener with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday all eyes are on Watt. “I think today was a good day,” Watt told reporters at NRG Stadium. I felt really good out there.”RELATED READ: ‘Watt’ his teammates are saying after JJ Watt officially activatedNow, the question will be on Watt’s snap count in the Wild Card game.
AFC South matchup will test Houston Texans
The Texans know Sunday’s game in Nashville against the Titans will test their true level of resilience. Some of the veterans on the team such as Bernardrick McKinney, Whitney Mercilus, and Johnathan Joseph all played for Vrabel. In their loss to the Broncos, the Texans did experience an offensive spark, but it was way too late. “You always want to throw the first punch and throw the last punch,” said Reid. Throw the first punch and the last punch.”Now, this team will try to throw the final punches of the season.
Texans at Colts: Keys to a Houston win
Getty ImagesHouston, TX -When the Colts and Texans meet, its almost always a battle. The Colts came to NRG Stadium for the Wild Card game this past January, and got the 21-7 win over the Texans. The Colts played Kansas City before their bye week last week, and the Texans got the impressive win this past Sunday. Here are some keys to a Texans win:Containing Marlon MackThat Wildcard game? Somehow, someway, the Texans need to shut down Hilton if they want the win.
NFL Week 4 This Weekend's Best Bets
It was nice to get back in the winning column last week, with our second 5-1 ATD week of NFL picks in the first three weeks of the season. SUPER BOWL TITLE ODDS: The Texans sit at 25/1, holding steady from last week, with 11 teams on the board with shorter odds. Worth noting, the Texans will get a crack at all three of those teams between now and the final quarter of the regular season Chiefs in Week 6, Ravens in Week 11, and Patriots in Week 13. This is a Texans defense coached by Romeo Crennel, who eats young quarterbacks for lunch. LAST WEEK: 5-1SEASON NFL ATS RECORD: 12-6 (66.7 percent)Listen to Sean Pendergast on SportsRadio 610 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.houstonpress.com
Camp Texans 2019: JJ Watt returns from minor groin injury
KPRC2HOUSTON - The big moment Monday at Texans training camp was the return of J.J. Watt to the practice field. Three things to knowSeveral former Texans were on hand at practice, including Andre Hal. Numbers to know0The Texans had zero sacks and zero tackles for loss in the first preseason game against the Packers. 18The number of tackles for loss by J.J. Watt last season, which led the team. Watt also led the Texans in quarterback hits with 25 and sacks with 16.
Get2Know: Texans LB Whitney Mercilus
The Texans' defense is in good hands with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Last season, the Texans were 12th in overall defense and yards allowed, but on closer examination, things were much better in rushing defense than in passing defense. While Jadeveon Clowney was a big part of the run defense, Mercilus had a career-changing role. Mercilus has made giving back a big part of his NFL career. Mercilus is trying to do his part to lead the Texans to another AFC South title and a return trip to the playoffs.