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  • Tue., Sep. 23, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Verizon Pearland Store, 10904 Memorial Hermann Dr., Suite 113, Pearland, TX 77584.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 23, 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. 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, September 26

    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, TBD

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 30, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Player Show

    Meet Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus at the Verizon 290 Store, 13818 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77040.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 30, 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., Oct. 03, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Friday, October 3

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 10705 Spring Green Blvd 900, Katy, TX 77494

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet a TBD Texans Ambassador at the Verizon Clear Lake Store, 19222 Gulf Freeway, Suite A,
    Friendswood, TX 77546.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 07, 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
  • Thu., Oct. 09, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Thursday, October 9

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 14129 Memorial, Houston, TX 77079

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans kicker Randy Bullock and deep snapper Jon Weeks at the Verizon Sugar Land Store, 2109 Highway 6, Sugar Land, TX 77478.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

Connor Barwin gets Gary Kubiak-inspired haircut

Posted by Nick Scurfield on July 27, 2012 – 12:39 pm

As veteran Texans players reported for training camp on Friday at Reliant Stadium, outside linebacker Connor Barwin showed up with a new ‘do.

Barwin, who gained notoriety in the playoffs last season after CBS posted a graphic of his Cosmo Kramer-like poofy hair, cut it down to a flat top resembling the annual summer haircut of his head coach. He calls it the “Kubs Cut”.

“I got my high-and-tight flat top for training camp,” Barwin told Houston media gathered in a workroom across the hall from the Texans’ locker room. “This is a Gary Kubiak-inspired haircut, so I can’t wait for him to see me.”

The fourth-year linebacker said his new hairstyle will be short-lived.

“The guy was cutting my hair and he literally was like, you look like a completely different person,” Barwin said. “(But) this haircut’s only training camp. Once it grows back up, it’s going back to how it used to be.”

A couple of shots of Barwin’s new ‘do:


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Coach’s Commentary: Linebacker

Posted by Nick Scurfield on July 25, 2012 – 6:15 pm

On Wednesday, our position-by-position preview of the 2012 Texans continued with a look at the linebackers. Here’s what Texans linebackers coach Reggie Herring, who joined the team in 2010 from the Dallas Cowboys after a previous stint in Houston from 2002-03, has to say about the Texans’ projected starters at each position:

On OLB Connor Barwin: “We look at Connor as a rookie going in on his second year. He’s just as new and young in this defense as Brooks Reed is. But what he brings is consistency. When you think of Connor Barwin, you think of consistency. Great effort – comes at you every play. Incredible work habits, great conditioning, loves the game. A quiet leader, so to speak, because he just goes out and plays, but just now scratching the surface as far as the Will position and rushing. When you look at his production last year and total in about the four extra sacks that got called back because of penalties, you’re looking at a possible 18-, 19-sack year, which does put you in the Pro Bowl. We’re expecting great things out of him. He’s healthy. He’s full stride right now. The way we finished the season, that’s how we want to start this season and then build on it, and that’s what we’re expecting from him. Great consistency, pass rush, effort, and he’s very reliable.”

On ILB Brian Cushing: “Brian’s going into his second year as an inside linebacker in our system, and we’re expecting tremendous improvement in his overall fundamental skills of the position – better understanding of coverage, and his production as well should increase. We’re moving him to Mo right now with the addition of Bradie (James), who’s played Mike ‘backer in our system for years. We moved Cushing to Mo, and that gives us the two best ILs on the field. It puts him at the weak inside position, in a position where in the past it has been a position of high-production numbers. He’s a linebacker that has excellent leadership skills, especially on the field. He’s tough. He’s relentless. He has tremendous practice habits. Plays the game, loves the game. His emotions, his tenacity, it carries over to other players on this team. He’s an emotional, spiritual leader for us, as well as leading by example. I think he’s an impact player at inside, and we’re expecting a great year out of him.”

On ILB Bradie James: “What Bradie brings to our package is number one, he brings calmness, leadership. He’s a coach on the field, and that is probably as big a donation as he can make to this defense this year is the fact that he knows this system inside and out. He knows all the checks as well as the coaches do. He’s got great habits. He’s a good person. He’s a good pro. Good leadership qualities. He’s been team captain, he’s been the leading tackler in this package. He understands coverage concepts above and beyond a normal player. Therefore, there’s a real calmness. It’s a very nice addition to our young defense. He’ll complement the younger players well and he’ll provide great leadership. Like I said, I think the most important thing is he’ll be a coach on the field.”

On OLB Brooks Reed: “Brooks has come so far. He’s very opportunistic. When Mario (Williams) got hurt last year, he came in and did a fabulous job. Him and Connor (Barwin), actually, after Mario got hurt, played almost every snap the rest of the year, through the playoffs. Very dependable. Complements Connor Barwin on the other side. Brings a lot of fast-twitch, high-energy play strength. Pass rush, excellent get-off. Comes at you every down as well. All these guys have got great motors. They’re high-motor guys, a high passion for the game. They complement each other. It’s an excellent, unselfish group where they’re all cheering for each other, and Brooks just highlights that. Just like Connor, doesn’t say anything. Comes at you every practice, every play. Very committed, very dedicated, and he obviously has some skills.”

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.


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Texans All Access today

Posted by drewdougherty on June 26, 2012 – 9:30 am

It may be late June, but today’s Texans All Access from noon to 2 p.m. is jam-packed with guests.

The headliner is rookie wide receiver DeVier Posey, who will share with fans how his OTA’s and minicamp went, and what he’s doing to get ready for training camp at the end of July. He’ll also reveal who one of his mentors is, and the name might surprise you.

Former nose tackle Seth Payne will hop on the show as well, and he’ll share his insight on the direction the 2012 defense is headed and much more.

Also, Illinois defensive line coach Keith Gilmore will phone in to chat about first rounder Whitney Mercilus. Gilmore coached Mercilus in Champaign, but he also coached Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin in college at Cincinnati. He has a unique insight into what those two players are able to do, as well as how they’ve developed.

On top of all that, the ongoing ‘Opponent Preview’ series will take us to Green Bay where we’ll chat with Packers’ beat writer Tyler Dunne.

Don’t miss it from noon to 2 p.m. today on SportsRadio 610, HoustonTexans.com or the Houston Texans mobile app.

If you’d like to hear past episodes of Texans All Access, click here.


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Off the Turf with Scurf: Whitney Mercilus and Keith Gilmore

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 18, 2012 – 8:58 am

Episode Three of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my new podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans rookie outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus and his college defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, who also coached Texans linebacker Connor Barwin at the University of Cincinnati.

Mercilus, the Texans’ first-round draft pick out of Illinois, talks about signing his contract on the final day of mini-camp; being able to provide financially for his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Haiti; his love of soccer; his meteoric rise to stardom as a junior last season and whether or not he’s a one-year wonder; losing the tip of his left index finger in a weightlifting accident at Illinois; his progress in organized team activities (OTAs) and mini-camp; the Houston heat; Texans coaches Wade Phillips and Reggie Herring; living with other rookies at the team hotel; his best friends on the team so far; his first impressions of the city of Houston; and his goals for the season.

Gilmore, who coached Mercilus from 2009-11 and Barwin from 2007-08, talks about Mercilus’ big season in 2011; Mercilus’ underrated production as a freshman and sophomore; Mercilus’ strengths as a player and work ethic off the field; the weightlifting incident, for which he was in the weight room; Mercilus’ family and upbeat personality; Barwin’s switch from tight end to defensive end at Cincinnati; how he brags on Barwin all the time and showed tape of Barwin to Mercilus while Mercilus was in school; similarities between Barwin and Mercilus; Barwin’s skills as a tight end and basketball player; and his thoughts on Barwin and Mercilus being on the same team.

Thanks for listening. Link

OTWS archive
Episode One: J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode Two: Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode Three: Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore


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Top 10 Texans Father’s Day gift ideas

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 6, 2012 – 12:32 pm

With Father’s Day around the corner on Sunday, June 17, here are our Top 10 Houston Texans Father’s Day gift ideas.

Items ordered on shop.houstontexans.com by Thursday, June 7, will arrive via standard shipping by Friday, June, 15.

  1. Customized Houston Texans locker photo
  2. Brooks Reed, Connor Barwin or Johnathan Joseph jersey at the Go Texan Store
  3. Houston Texans #1 Dad Tee
  4. New Era Houston Texans 2012 Training Straw Hat
  5. Houston Texans NIKE tees (and polos)
  6. Houston Texans Golf Club head covers
  7. License plate (and dice)
  8. Houston Texans scratch-off ticket
  9. Houston Texans watch
  10. Bayou Bucket tickets

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Whitney Mercilus looking “very good” so far

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 25, 2012 – 10:50 am

The Texans have had only three practices, and no contact or pads are allowed in organized team activities (OTAs), but head coach Gary Kubiak likes what he has seen out of first-round draft pick Whitney Mercilus.

The 26th overall pick from Illinois, Mercilus has been lining up at outside linebacker with the Texans’ second unit.

“He’s looked very good,” Kubiak said on Thursday. “(Linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) catches guys up very quick. He’s a hell of a coach. (Mercilus) is moving around very good, and he’s going to be a great addition to our team.”

The Texans expect Mercilus to form a three-man rotation at outside linebacker with Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed. Mercilus had an NCAA-best 16 sacks and nine forced fumbles last season at Illinois, his only season as a starter. Barwin led the Texans with 11.5 sacks in 2011, while Reed set a team rookie record with 6.0.

“He’s playing outside, obviously, so you’re coming most of the time,” Kubiak said of Mercilus. “Special teams-wise with (coordinator) Joe (Marciano), he’s getting a lot of work. Very bright young man. We knew that when we got him. Remember, (he had) just really one big, big year of college football, so watching him make this transition is pretty impressive.”

Mercilus also has made a good impression on his teammates.

“From what I have seen, he’s quick,” Pro Bowl defensive end and team captain Antonio Smith said. “Explosive. He got some power and he got some quickness, and he’s confident in himself. That’s always a good combination.”


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Brian Cushing headlines “All Access” lineup on Tuesday

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 22, 2012 – 8:54 am

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will be a guest today on “Texans All Access” on SportsRadio 610 AM.

“All Access” airs every Tuesday from 12-2 p.m. CT and is hosted by “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer, Drew Dougherty of Texans TV and me. Here’s the link for the online stream.

Other guests this week include former Texans nose tackle Seth Payne and Jim Wyatt, Titans beat writer for The Tennessean. Plus, we’ll have plenty of sound and tidbits from the second day of organized team activities (OTAs), which Dougherty and I are attending this morning before booking it over to the 610 studios for the show.

Here are some podcasts from last week’s show:

Texans OLB Connor Barwin (in-studio)
Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano
NFL reporter Adam Caplan


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Connor Barwin on Whitney Mercilus, Brooks Reed, 2012 and more

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 16, 2012 – 2:18 pm

Connor Barwin was the featured guest on “Texans All Access” on Tuesday afternoon on SportsRadio 610 AM. The fourth-year outside linebacker had plenty of interesting things to say in his hour-long studio visit – ranging from his thoughts on Co-Marshaling the Houston Art Car Parade on Saturday to looking like Kramer from ‘Seinfeld’ to these nuggets:

On what’s ahead for him after 11.5 sacks in 2011: “I’m very excited. When Reggie (Herring) and Wade (Phillips) came in, they kind of taught me a new way to pass rush a little bit. So now I have a year under my belt. I’ve completely kind of forgotten about the ankle injury and moved past that. I think another thing’s that going to help this season was drafting (Whitney) Mercilus, because I think that’ll give me and Brooks (Reed) a better rotation. Rushing the passer, you can say 70 percent or a lot of times is just hustle, and when you’re out there fresh, which there were times last season when we necessarily weren’t, should definitely give us an advantage into this season.”

On first-round pick Whitney Mercilus’ role: “Fortunately for him, he’ll play the Will, I think, behind me and then we’ll rotate. And then I think early on, we’ll see how much he can mentally grasp… Early on, he’ll just be rushing primarily, which will be nice. It’s just going to be catching on to learning the defense and just getting in there and rotating with all of us.”

On second-year outside linebacker Brooks Reed: “He’s the strongest guy on our team, probably, right now. He’s having a great offseason. Like me, he came in here and we were just learning the way that Wade and Reggie are teaching us how to pass rush. With another year under his belt, the sky’s the limit for him.”

On Texans left tackle Duane Brown: “I think he’s one of the best offensive tackles in the league and also one of the most underrated tackles in the league. He blocks me a lot in practice. He definitely gets me ready for the games… He mixes aggressiveness with athleticism. There’s a lot of left tackles out there, a lot of the good ones that people say are good like Joe Staley and Jake Long, they’re real athletic and they drop and they play with you and that kind of thing, but they don’t ever really attack you too hard… Duane kind of mixes both of ‘em, so you’ve always got to be ready for him.”

On if the Texans’ defense talks about wanting to rank No. 1 in the league: “No, we don’t talk about ranking, but they do say if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. So, that only leaves one spot for us to be next year.”


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Connor Barwin in-studio for next Tuesday’s “All Access”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 11, 2012 – 1:40 pm

Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin will be an in-studio guest on “Texans All Access” next Tuesday, May 15, on SportsRadio 610 AM.

“All Access” airs every Tuesday from 12-2 p.m. CT and is hosted by “Voice of the Texans” Marc Vandermeer, Drew Dougherty of Texans TV and me. Barwin will join the show at 1 p.m. Here’s the link for the free online stream.

UPDATE: Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano also has been confirmed as a guest for the show; he will go on at 12:15 p.m. NFL reporter Adam Caplan will join “All Access” at 12:45.

Barwin, 25, led the Texans’ second-ranked defense with 11.5 sacks in 2011. The catalyst for the “Bulls on Parade” nickname, he will be the Co-Grand Marshal of the Houston Art Car Parade this Saturday with defensive end J.J. Watt.

Here are some links to podcasts of last week’s show:

Texans C Chris Myers (in-studio)
Texans QB coach Karl Dorrell
NFL writer/researcher Russell Baxter


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Connor Barwin, J.J. Watt to Co-Marshal Houston Art Car Parade

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 9, 2012 – 9:12 am

Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin and defensive end J.J. Watt will serve as co-Grand Marshals of the 25th Annual Houston Art Car Parade this Saturday in Houston.

This is the second “marshal” duty of 2012 for Watt and Barwin, two rising stars in the city of Houston. Watt and Andre Johnson were co-Grand Marshals of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Downtown Parade on Feb. 25. Barwin (or “Baldwin”) rode in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.

“It’s a huge deal,” Barwin said Tuesday at Discovery Green. “I’ve heard great things about this parade and I know this is one of the most unique things about the city of Houston, so I’m very excited, and it just shows the amount of support that this city has for the Houston Texans to invite me and J.J. both out there.”

The parade goes from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. It features “over 300 jaw-dropping cars, bikes, skaters, and motorized creatures” and is expected to draw more than 300,000 spectators along the city streets.

“It’s phenomenal,” Watt said. “It’s unbelievable, and the one thing that I’ve always believed is if you want the community to support you and appreciate you, you need to support them and appreciate them, so it’s very cool that I can do these kinds of events, and I’m very humbled every time I get asked to do an event like this. I’ve only been here for one year, but I hope I can stay here a lot longer, because this city’s been very good to me in my short time.”

Barwin and Watt’s car on Saturday won’t be an homage to the “Bulls on Parade,” but Watt was asked Tuesday what such a car would look like.

“It would have some horns, it would be fearsome, and it would probably have some wacky hair because Connor would get a hold of it,” he said. “But it would be pretty cool. And Wade (Phillips) would drive it, because he’s the man.”


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