TEXANS WITH CONNECTIONS TO FLORIDA
ILB Mister Alexander (Florida State); RB Justin Forsett (Lakeland); CB Brandon Harris (Miami; Univ. of Miami); WR Lestar Jean (Miami; Florida Atlantic Univ.); WR Andre Johnson (Miami; Univ. of Miami); C Chris Myers (Miami; Univ. of Miami); WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached at Univ. of Florida, 1984-88); LB Coach Reggie Herring (played at Florida State, 1978-80); Assistant Head Coach/DL Bill Kollar (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, played 1977-81, coached 1984); Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coached 1996-01); QB Coach Karl Dorrell (Miami Dolphins, coached 2008-11; Univ. of Central Florida, coached 1989).
JAGUARS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
CB Antwon Blake (Houston; UTEP); LB Kyle Bosworth (Plano); G Uche Nwaneri (Garland); CB Aaron Ross (Tyler; Univ. of Texas); CB Kevin Rutland (Houston); PK Josh Scobee (Longview); WR Mike Thomas (DeSoto); RB Keith Toston (Angleton); WR Coach Jerry Sullivan (coached at Texas Tech 1973-75); Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski (San Angelo).
FORMER JAGUARS ON THE TEXANS
WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached in 2003).
FORMER TEXANS ON THE JAGUARS
Secondary Coach Tony Oden (coached from 2004-05); Assistant Secondary Coach Marlon McCree (played 2003-04).
TEXANS-JAGUARS COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans OLB Brooks Reed and NT Earl Mitchell and Jaguars OL Eben Britton and WR Mike Thomas (Arizona); Texans Offensive Assistant Jim Ryan (1974-78) played for William & Mary with Jaguars LB Coach Mark Duffner (1972-74); Dorrell coached at UCLA when RB Maurice Jones-Drew (2003-05), Bosworth (2005-09), and TE Marcedes Lewis (2002-05) played there; Texans RB Justin Forsett (2004-07) played at California with DT Tyson Alualu (2006-09); Alexander (2006-10) played at Florida State with Jaguars CB Mike Harris (2010-11); Texans DE Tim Jamison (2005-08) played at Michigan with Jaguars QB Chad Henne (2004-07); Texans WR DeVier Posey (2008-11) played at Ohio State with Jaguars C Mike Brewster (2008-11); LG Wade Smith (1999-2001) played at Memphis while DL Coach Joe Cullen (2001) coached there; Texans CB Alan Ball (2002-06) played at Illinois when Cullen (2005) coached there.
TEXANS-JAGUARS PRO CONNECTIONS
LG Wade Smith (2006-07) played for the New York Jets with Jaguars DL C.J. Mosley (2006-08); Texans NT Shaun Cody (2005-08) played for Detroit while Jaguars DL Coach Joe Cullen (2006-08) and Assistant Head Coach/QB Coach Greg Olson (2004-05) coached there; Texans SS Danieal Manning (2006-10) played for Chicago with Jaguars G/C Josh Beekman (2007-10); Texans QB John Beck (2007-08), ILB Tim Dobbins (2010), T Andrew Gardner (2009), and K Shayne Graham (2011) played for Miami with Jaguars QB Chad Henne (2008-11); Beck (2009) and Gardner (2010) played for Baltimore with Jaguars S Dawan Landry (2006-10) and with RB Jalen Parmele (2008-10); Texans Assistant Head Coach/DL Bill Kollar (2006-08) coached for Buffalo while Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (2007-10) played there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis with Jaguars WR Laurent Robinson (2009-10), DE George Selvie (2010) and RB Keith Toston (2010); Ball (2007-11) and ILB Bradie James (2003-11) played for Dallas with Robinson (2011); Graham (2010) played for N.Y. Giants with CB Aaron Ross (2007-11); Texans RB Coach Chick Harris (1983-91) coached for Seattle while Jaguars OL Coach Andy Heck (1989-93) played there; Texans WR Kevin Walter (2003-05), Graham (2003-09) and CB Johnathan Joseph (2006-10) played for Cincinnati when Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski (2001-10) coached there; Beck (2007-08) and Jones (2005-06) played for Miami while Head Coach Mike Mularkey (2006-07) coached there; Beck (2007-08), Dobbins (2010)¸and Gardner (2009) played for Miami while Jaguars Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego (2008-10) coached there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis while Olson (2006-07) and RB Coach Sylvester Croom (2009-11) coached there; Smith (2003-05) played for Miami while Sullivan (2004) coached there; Dorrell (2008-11) coached for Miami with Bonamego (2008-10); Texans DB Coach Vance Joseph (2005-10) coached for San Francisco with Sullivan (2005-10).
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On Tuesday, our position-by-position preview of the 2012 Texans continued with a look at the defensive line. Here’s what Texans assistant head coach/defensive line Bill Kollar, who has been with the team since 2009, has to say about the Texans’ projected starters at each position:
On DE Antonio Smith: “Antonio had a real good year for us last year. In the last two preseason games and first five regular season games, he actually had a sack in every game. He messed up his shoulder a couple weeks after that and it slowed him down a little bit and he never really had another sack until toward the end of the year, but really had a good year, made the Pro Bowl. His number one thing is his quickness, his get-off in rushing the passer. His next best thing, it turns out to be the run, even though he’s not just a true run guy. But we’re really pleased with the way Antonio played last year, and we’re hoping that he has another big season this year. He’s a fiery guy that really likes the action and stuff, and I guess he thinks he’s a ninja. I don’t know if he’s got that kind of quickness or not, but we hope that we see that little dance that he does after he gets a sack. We’d like to see it about 10 times this year if we could.”
On NT Shaun Cody: “The guy that’s a Hollywood movie star and stuff? Cody had a heck of a year for us last year. Just a very solid, stout guy inside. You don’t really see nose men as being guys that get a lot of sacks. They’re the run-down players on first and second down that have to anchor down inside, and I know we ranked pretty high last year in run defense, and obviously, it had a lot to do with him in there manning the inside. The teams that need the 330-pound nose men are the teams that play two-gap. We’re not a two-gap team at all at the nose. The stuff that we did last year, Cody did the year before almost exactly the same. It was playing the same technique and stuff. We hope that he can have another good, solid season like he did last year.”
On DE J.J. Watt: “J.J. had a really good year last year. He started out a little bit slow and was just alright, nothing special, and as the year went on, he kept getting better and then probably the last three or four regular-season games and the two playoff games, as far as I see, played as good as anybody in the league. Does a good job in the run game. Not like he’s a real stout guy in the run game, but he does such a great job of getting off of blocks. He’s got good close so he can end up making plays. He just has a good knack to keep coming and slipping blocks and running stunts and stuff. If he can keep progressing like he did last year, I think he’s going to really be a heck of a player. He’s 6-5, he’s got long arms, really ends up playing hard. Really doesn’t give up. This offseason, working out, the guy’s in phenomenal shape. He’s leading everything and really taking a hell of a role.”
The position-by-position season preview articles and Coach’s Commentary quotes for each projected starter will be featured in the 2012 Houston Texans Yearbook, which goes on sale at the Go Texan Store at Reliant Stadium and online on Saturday, July 28.
Tags: 2012 Texans Yearbook, Antonio Smith, Bill Kollar, Coach's Commentary, J.J. Watt, Shaun Cody
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Aside from an injury update on wide receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end Antonio Smith, here are the highlights
- The Texans ranked 30th in defense last season. As of Monday, they rank No. 1 in 2011 under new coordinator Wade Phillips. “It’s just been fun to watch,” Kubiak said. “I didn’t know it until this morning until I walked in and saw the league stats, but there’s a long way to go and a lot of big football games to play. But the job that he’s done and (linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) and (assistant head coach/defensive line) Bill (Kollar), (defensive backs coach) Vance (Joseph), (defensive assistant) Bobby (King), (assistant defensive backs coach) Perry (Carter), they’ve done a tremendous job. The players have just bought into what we’re doing and they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
- Kubiak said the defense has gotten better each week since opening day. “The reason we’re getting better is to watch these young players get better — watch J.J. Watt get better; watch Brooks Reed get better,” Kubiak said. “Troy Nolan comes in and plays well. (Brian) Cushing, we know the level he’s playing at. DeMeco (Ryans) is getting back to full health. DeMeco played really good yesterday. The key is toward the back end of the season you want to win every week, but are you getting better as a football team? Right now, we’re doing that.”
- The secret to the defense’s turnaround under Phillips? Pressure. “Going against Wade for years as an offensive coach, he does a hell of a job of busting protections,” Kubiak said. “Being able to bust people’s protection schemes and get heat on the quarterback is the key in this league… He does a lot of things, and our guys have responded and done a good job of learning it at a very quick pace.” Kubiak also said that the acquisition of cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been key to the Texans’ success so far this season.
- As fullback James Casey works back toward 100 percent from a chest injury, fullback Lawrence Vickers continues to carve out a role in the Texans’ offense. “Lawrence has come in and boy, has he played well,” Kubiak said. “That’s the third week he’s started and that’s the best he’s played. You guys see how we run the ball here lately, so you got to give him a lot of credit along with our guys up front. Lawrence has taken to what we’re trying to teach and do. We ask our fullback to do a lot in our offense and it takes some time, and he’s really starting to take to it. He’s playing very well. James is OK… He needs to continue to get a week or two under his belt where he continues to come out of the game healthy… We’ll need them both before we’re all said and done, but Lawrence has taken advantage of an opportunity. That’s probably the best way for me to put it.”
Tags: Bill Kollar, Bobby King, Brian Cushing, Brooks Reed, DeMeco Ryans, Gary Kubiak, J.J. Watt, James Casey, Johnathan Joseph, Kubiak day-after pressers, Lawrence Vickers, Perry Carter, Reggie Herring, Troy Nolan, Vance Joseph, Wade Phillips
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Earlier today we got a chance to huddle with Vance Joseph. The Texans new defensive backs coach gave us a few moments in his office, and we conducted this 1-on-1 interview. (We also shot an X’s and O’s segment, like the ones we did with Bill Kollar, Reggie Herring and John Benton, and we’ll have it on the site tomorrow.)
Joseph covered a few different topics, including the move of Glover Quin from cornerback to safety. Joseph, who spent the past six seasons as an assistant with the 49ers, thinks Quin is a good cornerback who can be a great safety.
After reviewing the 2010 game tapes, he also saw a lot of positives in the play of Kareem Jackson, who struggled as a rookie. Specifically, Joseph said Jackson “played his zones” well, and has “great feet, great movement, great eyes and is a tough tackler.” According to Joseph, Jackson’s problems came a few times in man coverage. But he thinks that when Jackson’s technique is down, “he’ll be fine.”
Rookie safety Shiloh Keo impresses Joseph because of his “football speed”, as the Idaho product recorded the second fastest 20-yard shuttle time at the 2011 Combine.
Ultimately, Joseph said he’s excited to work under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and that he can’t wait for training camp.
Tags: Bill Kollar, Glover Quin, John Benton, Kareem Jackson, Reggie Herring, Shiloh Keo, Vance Joseph, Wade Phillips
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For quick reference, here’s a list of who’s on and who’s off the Texans’ defensive coaching staff with the changes announced on Monday (years with Texans in parentheses):
Defensive coordinator Frank Bush (2007-10)
Defensive backs coach David Gibbs (2009-10)
Linebackers coach Johnny Holland (2006-10)
Assistant linebackers coach Robert Saleh (2006-10)
Assistant head coach/defensive line Bill Kollar (2009-10)
Senior defensive assistant Ray Rhodes (2008-10)
Assistant defensive backs coach Perry Carter (2006-10)
[Note: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Rhodes might retire when his contract expires on March 1. In the meantime, he’ll assist Kubiak in evaluating the defense.]
Kubiak was officially retained on Monday by Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair. No changes were announced to the offensive staff or with special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, who has been with the team since 2002.
Tags: Bill Kollar, Bob McNair, Gary Kubiak, Joe Marciano, Perry Carter, Ray Rhodes
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