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  • Tue., Sep. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans defensive ends Jared Crick and Tim Jamison at the Verizon Greenway Store, 3817 Southwest Fwy., Houston, TX 77027

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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  • Tue., Sep. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Texans Live at Houston Texans Grille Texans Live with Marc Vandermeer broadcasts live from 6-8pm the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), and offensive lineman Duane Brown calls in from 6-7pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Sonic Drive-In

    Friday, September 5
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 8504 Main St., Houston, TX 77025

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  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Go Texan Store

    Friday, September 5
    6pm-7pm – Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium

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  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT “Player Inspired: Kareem Jackson Fly Guy” Apparel Line Launch Party

    Visit the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium on Tuesday, September 9 from 6 to 7 PM for cornerback Kareem Jackson's new Player Inspired Fly Guy apparel line launch party. Stop by to meet Kareem, get light refreshments and to pick up some of his new apparel.

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Pappadeaux

    Friday, September 12

    Noon-1pm – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 13080 NW Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

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  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.

Reports: Texans hire Dorrell as QB coach

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 7, 2012 – 1:01 pm

The Texans have hired Karl Dorrell as their new quarterbacks coach, according to reports from the Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV FOX 26 Sports. Nothing official has been announced by the Texans at this time.

Dorrell, 48, was rumored to be a candidate for the job last week after Greg Knapp left to become offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. He spent the last four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, working as quarterbacks coach last season. He was the head coach at UCLA from 2003-07 and an offensive coordinator on the college level for seven seasons.

Dorrell worked with Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison from 2000-02 in Denver, where he served as the Broncos’ wide receivers coach.

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Pollack reportedly joining Knapp in Oakland

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 1, 2012 – 5:13 pm

Texans quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was hired as the Oakland Raiders’ offensive coordinator on Wednesday. It appears he’s taking at least one Texans assistant with him.

According to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times, Frank Pollack is the new Raiders offensive line coach. Pollack has been the Texans’ assistant offensive line coach under John Benton since 2007.

Pollack, 44, has roots in the Bay Area. He played tackle for the San Francisco 49ers from 1990-91 and 1994-98, winning a Super Bowl title in 1994.

Pollack and Knapp are two of the more affable people I’ve come across in this business. Congratulations and best of luck to them both; the opportunities have been well-earned.

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Defensive asst. Butler heads to South Carolina

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 23, 2011 – 2:28 pm

John Butler’s stay with the Texans was a brief one.

Butler was hired as special teams coach at the University of South Carolina earlier today, a mere 12 days after he was hired by the Texans as a defensive assistant.

Butler spent the last four seasons as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at the University of Minnesota. He also has experience coaching special teams at Harvard (2003-06) and Southwest Texas State (2001-02). The Texans had planned for him to assist special teams coordinator Joe Marciano in addition to working with the defense.

Texans offensive assistant Jim Ryan also has special teams coaching experience and will assist Marciano in that capacity. Ryan played linebacker for the Denver Broncos from 1979-88.

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Former Texans OC Palmer hired by Titans

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 15, 2011 – 1:55 pm

Another former Texans assistant coach has been hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Chris Palmer, the first offensive coordinator in Texans history, was named the Titans’ offensive coordinator earlier today. Palmer was with the Texans from 2002-05 and since had been with the New York Giants (2007-09) and Hartford Colonials of the United Football League (2010).

New Titans head coach Mike Munchak already had hired Texans offensive assistant Bruce Matthews as his offensive line coach. Frank Bush, who was released by the Texans in January from his role as defensive coordinator, is rumored to be in the running for the Titans’ linebackers job.

If nothing else, there’ll be plenty of familiar faces on the opposing sideline next season when the Texans play their Nahsville-based division rivals.

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Dennison interviews for Broncos’ head coaching job

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 11, 2011 – 4:20 pm

Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison interviewed for the Denver Broncos’ head coaching position today in Denver. DenverBroncos.com posted a behind-the-scenes look at his arrival at the team’s facilities and interactions with Broncos executives, among them his former teammate John Elway.

Before joining the Texans in 2010, Dennison played and coached for the Broncos for 24 seasons.

“It’s a position and an organization that it’s an honor just to be mentioned,” Dennison says in the video. “I worked for Denver for a while, whether I was playing or coaching. I like – I love the state of Colorado. Like is kind of an easy word. Love is a better word. I love the Broncos. It’s just an opportunity that would be great.”

Dennison is one of five candidates that the Broncos have identified in their head coaching search, along with Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, former Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Broncos 2010 interim head coach Eric Studesville.

Per Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos will call back two or three finalists for second interviews soon and hope to have a new head coach hired by the middle of next week.

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Phillips hired as defensive coordinator

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2011 – 5:49 pm

The Texans have hired longtime NFL coach Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced today.

Phillips, 63, spent much of Wednesday interviewing with Texans head coach Gary Kubiak at Reliant Stadium. He was the Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator from 1988-91 during Kubiak’s last three seasons there as a player.

The son of legendary Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips, Wade has an impressive track record in his 22 seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator. That prior success was a critical factor in the Texans’ decision to bring him aboard.

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Fans sound off on coaching search

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 4, 2011 – 4:54 pm

More than 400 fans have sounded off on the team’s official Facebook page (facebook.com/HoustonTexans) about who they’d like the Texans to hire as their new defensive coordinator.

Click here to view all 429 comments. Here’s a sampling:

• Kaleb Files Wade Phillips, Marvin Lewis, or Rob Ryan are all great choices and would bring respect to our defense immediately. Looking at our season we are really 5 or 6 defensive plays from being a playoff contender. We competed in every game and unlike last season we beat every team in our division. We are not that far off and bringing in the right motivational coordinator could send us over the top!

• Drew Batey Wade Phillips: He’s taken four different losing teams to the playoffs the next year. We are not rebuilding, and we need a guy who can quickly change are defense. He’s also extremely experienced.

• Nikki Barrera Wade Phillips cause the majority of his career if I am not mistaken has been as a defensive coordinator. That is his specialty and he is great at it. Bring him on!

• Charles Reubens Dick Jauron has been a very good defensive coordinator wherever he has gone and even when he was a head coach with the bears he had very good defenses. The 4 years he was with the Jaguars they made the playoffs, and has done a lot with little talent at some of his other DC times. I admit he is not a head coach, but is a very good DC!

• Charles Reubens Rob Ryan should be brought in with his pedigree and experience. When he was a DC in college his defenses were some of the best, and when he came to the NFL he helped the Patriots get one of the best defenses ever in 2001 in franchise history. He is very respected around the NFL and if he does not get the Head coaching job in Carolina should be brought in for an interview.

• Rapid Traxx MIKE SINGLETARY. He was under Buddy Ryan in the killer 85 bears defense. I’m sure he learned a thing or two about defense from being with that team.

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A look at Wade Phillips’ track record

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 4, 2011 – 12:19 pm

Both the Texans and Wade Phillips have expressed mutual interest about the team’s vacant defensive coordinator position. One of the primary requirements for the Texans in their coordinator search is experience, and Phillips has plenty of it.

Phillips, 63, has been a head coach in Dallas (2007-10), Buffalo (1998-2000) and Denver (1993-94) and an interim head coach in Atlanta (2003) and New Orleans (1985). He has been an NFL defensive coordinator for 22 seasons, during which time he coached nine top-10 defenses and 12 top-13 defenses.

Phillips is a 3-4 coach by trade. According to wadephillips.net, the last seven times Phillips has taken over as a head coach or defensive coordinator, his new team has reached the playoffs in his first season. Only once in those seven transitions has Phillips taken over a club that was coming off a winning record.

Here’s a complete listing of Phillips’ 22 seasons as a defensive coordinator. Each team is listed with its overall defensive ranking (team record in parentheses). An * indicates a playoff appearance that season:

2010 Dallas Cowboys: 23rd (6-10) [Coached first half of season]
2009 Dallas Cowboys: 9th (11-5*)
2006 San Diego Chargers: 10th (14-2*)
2005 San Diego Chargers: 13th (9-7)
2004 San Diego Chargers: 18th (12-4*)
2003 Atlanta Falcons: 32nd (5-11)
2002 Atlanta Falcons: 19th (9-6-1*)
1997 Buffalo Bills: 9th (6-10)
1996 Buffalo Bills: 9th (10-6*)
1995 Buffalo Bills: 13th (10-6*)
1992 Denver Broncos: 22nd (8-8)
1991 Denver Broncos: 5th (12-4*)
1990 Denver Broncos: 20th (5-11)
1989 Denver Broncos: 3rd (11-5*)
1988 Philadelphia Eagles: 27th (10-6*)
1987 Philadelphia Eagles: 23rd (7-8)
1986 Philadelphia Eagles: 17th (5-10-1)
1985 New Orleans Saints: 24th (5-11)
1984 New Orleans Saints: 4th (7-9)
1983 New Orleans Saints: 2nd (8-8)
1982 New Orleans Saints: 5th (4-5)
1981 New Orleans Saints: 11th (4-12)

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Phillips interested in DC job

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 4, 2011 – 10:24 am

The Texans are interested in talking to Wade Phillips about their vacant defensive coordinator position, and it turns out the feeling is mutual.

Phillips told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle on Monday night that he is interested in the Texans’ job, which became available yesterday when Frank Bush was relieved of his duties.

“I know the owner and coach,” Phillips said. “I like them, and they’re guys I’d like to work for.”

Phillips also said that “coming home to Houston would be an added bonus.” He grew up in the Beaumont area, played and coached at the University of Houston and was an assistant for the Houston Oilers from 1975-80 under his father, head coach Bum Phillips.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak, a Houston native, was a ball boy at Oilers training camps in the late 1970s. Kubiak played quarterback for the Denver Broncos while Phillips was on Denver’s staff as defensive coordinator from 1988-91.

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