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Minus Ryans, Texans have two defensive captains remaining

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 21, 2012 – 11:14 am

The Texans will undoubtedly miss DeMeco Ryans, their long-time team captain, but they’re by no means devoid of leadership on their defense moving forward.

Defensive end Antonio Smith and inside linebacker Brian Cushing were also captains last season. Smith, who made the Pro Bowl, was a captain in 2010, too. Cushing, who led the Texans with 114 tackles, was voted a captain at midseason, not long after Wade Phillips described him as a “holy terror.” The Texans also have veteran leaders in the secondary in Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning, and defensive end J.J. Watt has all the makings of a future captain.

Ryans, who has been traded to the Eagles, had been a captain since 2007. His teammates called him “Cap.” Nobody was more widely respected in the locker room, as a look at Texans players’ Twitter timelines from Tuesday evening will indicate. Ryans earned that respect with the way he played on the field and the way he conducted himself off it.

Smith and Cushing’s leadership roles will now be magnified, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Joseph named a captain along with them next season. Smith already challenged his front-seven mates on Twitter on Tuesday with this message: “We have been challenged how will we respond. With greatness.”


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Ryans trade falls in line with Texans’ strategy of building through draft

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 21, 2012 – 9:57 am

Tuesday’s trade of linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles may have been a surprising move, and a tough one to stomach for the Texans and their fans, but it falls in line with general manager Rick Smith’s strategy of building through the draft.

When the trade goes through this afternoon, the Texans will receive the fourth pick in the fourth round of this year’s draft. They also will receive the 77th overall pick in the third round in exchange for their third-round pick at No. 89. Instead of picking 26th in the third round, they’ll pick 13th.

That gives the Texans three picks in the top 77 — Nos. 26, 58 and 77. They now have two fourth-rounders to go along with a fifth, sixth and seventh-round pick. The full draft order has not been released because compensatory draft picks, which are awarded at the end of the third through seventh rounds, are still pending.

Among the Texans’ fourth-round picks since 2006 have been tight end Owen Daniels, safety Glover Quin and linebacker Darryl Sharpton, Ryans’ presumptive replacement at Mo (weak inside) linebacker.

Ryans did not play on passing downs last season in the Texans’ 3-4 defense and was due to make a $5.9 million base salary in 2012. His contract is now off the Texans’ books in 2013 and beyond.


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Reports: Texans trade DeMeco Ryans to Eagles

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 20, 2012 – 5:35 pm

According to multiple reports, the Texans are trading inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2012 draft pick. The move is not official and has not been announced by the team.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news on Tuesday evening. Jay Glazer of FOX corroborated the report, saying it was for a mid-round pick and calling it a “win-win trade for both teams.”

Ryans is the Texans’ all-time leading tackler and a long-time captain. A second-round draft pick in 2006, he won the Texans’ Ed Block Courage Award in 2011 after recovering from a 2010 torn Achilles, playing through an elbow injury and starting all 16 games for the league’s No. 2 defense. But for the first time in his career, he was not an every-down player, coming off the field in passing situations in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

Darryl Sharpton would likely replace Ryans in the starting lineup. A fourth-round pick out of Miami in 2010, Sharpton suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury last season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

UPDATE: The Eagles announced on Twitter that they will send the Texans a fourth-round pick for Ryans. It’s the fourth pick of the fourth round, which the Eagles previously acquired from Tampa Bay. The Eagles and Texans also will swap third-round draft picks, meaning the Texans will move up from 89th overall to 77th.

UPDATE 2: Texans general manager Rick Smith issued a statement on Ryans on Tuesday evening, praising Ryans’ class and leadership and calling the trade “mutually beneficial” for the Texans, Ryans and the Eagles.

UPDATE 3: The Eagles will introduce Ryans at a press conference at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) on Wednesday. It will be available live on PhiladelphiaEagles.com.


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Arrive-early giveaways on Saturday

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 6, 2012 – 11:36 am

With a strong homefield advantage crucial to winning football, especially in the playoffs, the Texans encourage all fans attending the playoff game against Cincinnati this Saturday at Reliant Stadium to arrive well before the 3:30 p.m. CT kickoff.

There are plenty of giveaways for those who do. As with every Texans home game, within the first 30 minutes of the gates opening at 2 p.m. CT, fans have a chance to receive a $100 gift certificate to 5115 Restaurant & Lounge. A total of $10,000 in gift certificates will be given out.

Beyond that, Verizon has generously offered an additional incentive for fans to arrive before kickoff. The Texans will select 10 lucky fans who get in their seats within the first 30 minutes of the gates opening to receive one of these autographed items, courtesy of Verizon:

-1 LB Brian Cushing football
-1 LB Cushing authentic jersey
-1 TE Owen Daniels football
-1 WR Andre Johnson authentic jersey
-1 WR Andre Johnson authentic helmet
-1WR Jacoby Jones football
-1 LB DeMeco Ryans football
-1 LB DeMeco Ryans authentic jersey
-1 QB Matt Schaub football
-1 OLB Mario Williams authentic jersey


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Raucous fans welcome Texans back to Houston

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 11, 2011 – 11:07 pm

The AFC South champion Houston Texans returned home from Cincinnati to an estimated 1,000 fans waiting for them in the Budweiser Plaza at the south end of Reliant Stadium. (Watch video | View photos)

After the Texans beat the Bengals and clinched the division title on Sunday afternoon, the team opened the Go Texan Store so fans could buy playoff merchandise. As word spread, fans began to flock to the Bud Plaza to celebrate the Texans’ first-ever playoff berth. Team officials set up an impromptu barricade and raised platform with a few speakers in front of the Texans’ offices in case players would be able to greet the crowd after they returned.

The players did, and then some. Wide receiver Andre Johnson, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, defensive end J.J. Watt and running back Ben Tate all came out as soon as the team got back to the stadium. Johnson, who has been with the Texans since 2003 – longer than any other player – was handed the mic to kick things off.

“We’ve been waiting on this for a long time,” Johnson said, drawing a massive cheer from the crowd amid chants of ‘An-dre, An-dre’. “It’s been nine seasons. It’s been nine long seasons since I’ve been here, and we’ve been through it all. We’ve been through the good times, the bad times. It’s all been tough, but it’s made us stronger. And what (more) perfect season than right now.

“I’ve said it before – I know everybody’s excited about the playoffs. Yeah, we clinched a playoff spot, but it’s a lot bigger than just the playoffs. So we want you guys to enjoy this, have fun tonight, but we’re not finished. We’re trying to win the Super Bowl.”

Quarterback T.J. Yates, linebacker DeMeco Ryans, nose tackle Shaun Cody, defensive end Antonio Smith, Barwin, linebacker Mario Williams, tight end Owen Daniels and right tackle Eric Winston all followed Johnson in addressing the fans.

The crowd was so loud and eager to erupt in cheers that Cody had to ask them to quiet down when Williams spoke. Parts of several players’ speeches weren’t audible despite their best efforts to be heard.

Among the homemade signs in the crowd were ones that read BETTER YATES THAN NEVER, THANK U JESUS!!!!, BULLS ON PARADE and WE BELIEVE.

“Thank you so much for being out here,” Ryans said. “We just want to let you all know that this is just the beginning. This is the first goal. This is just the beginning. This is where we start, but this is not the finish. This is just the beginning of what we trying to accomplish this year.”


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Texans 20, Bengals 19: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 11, 2011 – 10:42 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the team’s 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 14:

THE DIVISION TITLE PICTURE…

  • The Texans clinched their first AFC South championship with the win and Tennessee’s loss to New Orleans.

THE TEXANS…

  • Clinched their first AFC South championship with the win and Tennessee’s loss to New Orleans.
  • Held Cincinnati to 19 points, extending their streak to seven consecutive games holding an opponent under 20 points. It was the 10th time overall the Texans have an opponent under 20 points.
  • Won time of possession for the 11th time this season, holding the ball for 31:44. Houston is 9-2 in those games.
  • Outrushed the Bengals, 144-101. It marked the ninth time this season that the Texans have outrushed their opponent. Houston is 8-1 in those games.
  • Scored first for the 11th time this season.
  • Trailed at the end of the first quarter and at halftime for the second time this season in each instance. The only other game in which Houston was behind after the first period or at halftime was in Week 6 at Baltimore (11/16), when the team trailed 7-0 after the first quarter and 10-7 at halftime.
  • Scored a touchdown following a forced fumble in the third quarter, giving the team 103 points off turnovers this season. The Texans have scored following 17 of their 24 takeaways this season.
  • Team captains were C Chris Myers on offense; ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense; and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
  • The Bengals won the toss and deferred their choice until the second half. The Texans elected to receive the opening kickoff.

THE WIN…

  • Extended Houston’s winning streak to a franchise-record seven games.
  • Improved Houston’s record to 10-3, which set a franchise record for wins in a season (9, in 2009).
  • Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s career record to 47-46 overall and 3-0 against Cincinnati.
  • Improved Houston’s record against Cincinnati to 3-3 in the all-time series.
  • Improved Houston’s record to 5-2 on the road this season, which ties the team record for a season (2009).
  • Extended Houston’s road winning streak to four consecutive games, tying a franchise record.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

  • Improved his record as head coach to 47-46 with the win. It marks the first time in his career that his record moved above .500.
  • Unsuccessfully challenged a call on the field of a fumble in the fourth quarter. The lost challenge drops Kubiak’s record to 2-5 this season and 12-27 in his career.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

  • Forced a fumble for the first time in his career when he sacked Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave him 9.5 for the season and 14.0 for his career.

TE OWEN DANIELS

  • Started the 75th game of his career.
  • Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 66 with a 5-yard catch in the first quarter.
  • Surpassed 600 receiving yards for the third time in his career and the first time since 2008. He reached the milestone on his third catch of the day, a gain of 24 yards in the second quarter. He entered the game with 544 yards on the season.
  • Reached the 100-yard plateau for the fourth time in his career and the first time this season. He finished with a game-high 100 yards on seven receptions. His last 100-yard game was on 10/25/09 vs. San Francisco when he caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
  • His 74 receiving yards in the first half tied for the second-most in the first half in his career. He also had 74 yards on 11/18/07 vs. New Orleans. His career high before halftime is 100 yards on 10/25/09 vs. San Francisco.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

  • Returned his first kickoff of the season when he brought a kick back 20 yards in the third quarter. It was his first kickoff return since 12/20/09 vs. San Francisco as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

TE JOEL DREESSEN

  • Caught a touchdown pass for the third consecutive game and the sixth time overall this season when he hauled in a 6-yard scoring toss from QB T.J. Yates in the third quarter. His three-game touchdown reception streak is tied for the second-longest in team history, trailing WR Andre Johnson’s four-game streak in 2007. The last Texan to catch a touchdown in three consecutive games was WR Kevin Walter from 9/12/10-9/26/10.
  • Caught his 100th career pass on a 6-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. He entered the game with 98 career catches.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

  • Surpassed 4,000 career yards from scrimmage on his second carry of the game, a gain of 5 yards. He entered the game 3,996 career yards from scrimmage (2,789 rushing, 1,207 receiving). Foster became the third Texan to surpass 4,000 total scrimmage yards, joining WR Andre Johnson (9,689) and RB Domanick Williams (4,471).

WR JACOBY JONES

  • Surpassed 400 receiving yards for the third consecutive season. He entered the game with 387 yards on the year and topped the milestone with a 16-yard catch in the third quarter.

FS DANIEAL MANNING

  • Led the team with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops. The 11 tackles matched his season high from Week 6 at Baltimore (10/16).

NT EARL MITCHELL

  • Recovered his second career fumble in the first quarter when he fell on a fumbled kickoff return to retain possession for the Texans. His previous fumble recovery came earlier this year vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Made a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter. The kicks, along with an extra point in the third quarter, gave him 107 points on the year, which is the fifth-highest point total in team history.

OLB BROOKS REED

  • Recovered a fumble for the first time in his career when he dove on a loose ball in the third quarter.

ILB DEMECO RYANS

  • Matched his season high with six tackles, including four solos.

RB BEN TATE

  • Broke free for a 44-yard run in the first quarter, the longest of his career. His previous long was a 27-yard gain vs. Cleveland (11/6).
  • Caught a career-long 14-yard pass in the fourth quarter, bettering his previous long of 13 yards in Week 2 at Miami (9/18).

P MATT TURK

  • Boomed punts of 50 yards or more on each of his first two attempts. His first was a 53-yarder in the first quarter and his second, a 50-yard effort, was downed on the Cincinnati 2-yard line in the third quarter.

WR KEVIN WALTER

  • Caught the game-winning touchdown pass, a 6-yarder from QB T.J. Yates, with :02 remaining on the clock. The touchdown was Walter’s third of the season and the 23rd of his career. He finished the game with six catches for 76 yards and the touchdown.

QB T.J. YATES

  • Led his second career fourth quarter game-winning drive and second in as many weeks, guiding the Texans 80 yards in 13 plays to score the game-winning touchdown with :02 remaining in the game on his 6-yard throw to WR Kevin Walter.
  • Threw for a career-high 300 yards, bettering his 188-yard outing last week vs. Atlanta. Yates became the first Texans rookie quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game.
  • Made the first start of his career on the road.
  • Threw his second career touchdown pass when he hit TE Joel Dreessen from 6 yards out in the third quarter. Yates has connected with Dreessen on both of his touchdown passes this season.
  • Became the first Texans rookie quarterback to win his first start on the road.

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Talkative Jones-Drew talks up Texans’ D

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 23, 2011 – 5:59 pm

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, easily one of the most affable and talkative stars in the league, was very complimentary of the Texans’ defense during a Wednesday conference call with Houston media.

“My man, Wade Phillips, comes over and does a great job,” Jones-Drew said. “He has those guys flying around. Even with Mario Williams going down, you guys have them flying around and playing fast and playing at a high level… I think the way they’re attacking teams by blitzing (Brian) Cushing and creating confusion in the running game is big. Creating a lot of one-on-one blocks, putting their guys in situations to be on the attack inside and not necessarily on their heels is something that they’re doing well.”

Jones-Drew, who starred at UCLA, begrudgingly sang the praises of Cushing, who starred at USC (the rival schools play each other on Saturday in Los Angeles). Cushing had seven tackles against the Jaguars in Week 8 at Reliant Stadium.

“He’s always been a challenge for us since he’s been there,” Jones-Drew said. “I hate to talk positive about USC guys; you can tell him that. It’s just killing me, but he’s been doing a great job. We actually just got done watching the Cleveland Browns game and then the Tampa Bay game, and he’s playing at a high level. That defense feeds off him. He does do a great job of making tackles. He’s flying around to the ball… He’s doing a great job of leading that defense.”

Before he was even asked another question, Jones-Drew rattled off something positive about seemingly every single player on the Texans’ defense. He said linebacker DeMeco Ryans is “playing at a high level again, shedding blocks, getting to the ball, causing fumbles.” He called Shaun Cody “another ‘SC guy I don’t like to talk about, but he’s doing well at the nose tackle taking on double teams, keeping guys off Cushing and DeMeco Ryans and then getting after the quarterback as well.” Some of his highest praise went to cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

“They’ve been looking for a corner, and they found him in Johnathan Joseph, who can pretty much lock down anybody,” Jones-Drew said.


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Texans 37, Bucs 9: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 14, 2011 – 10:56 am

Notes from the Texans’ 37-9 Week 10 victory at Tampa Bay, courtesy of the team’s communications staff:

THE WIN…

* Improved the Texans to 7-3, the best record through 10 games in franchise history. It also marks the first time the Texans have been four games above .500.

* Extended Houston’s winning streak to four games, tying a franchise record from 2009.

* Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 44-46 and 2-0 against Tampa Bay.

* Improved Houston’s record against Tampa Bay to 2-1 in the all-time series and gave the Texans their first win at Raymond James Stadium.

TEAM OFFENSE NOTES

* The Texans outrushed the Buccaneers 185-90. It was the seventh time this season and fourth consecutive game in which Houston outrushed its opponent. The team improved to 6-1 in those games and 35-13 under Kubiak when outrushing its opponent.

* The Texans ran the ball 44 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns in the win, improving the team’s record to 7-0 this season and 30-3 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

* The Texans won the time of possession battle for the ninth time this season, holding the ball for 35:06, and improved to 7-2 in those games.

* Houston scored on its opening possession for the seventh time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the sixth time this year. The Texans have now scored 44 points on their game-opening possessions, which is the most in the NFL this season.

* The Texans scored on their opening possession of the second half for the fifth consecutive game, going 65 yards in seven plays, culminating with a 5-yard touchdown run by RB Arian Foster. The touchdown gave Houston 34 points on their second-half opening possessions this year.

* Houston had two completions of more than 60 yards in the same game for the first time in franchise history. The only times Houston has had multiple passes of 50 yards or more were earlier this season vs. Oakland (10/9), when RB Arian Foster had a 60-yard reception and TE Joel Dreessen had a 56-yard touchdown catch; and at Jacksonville on 12/24/05, when WR Andre Johnson caught a 53-yard touchdown and WR Corey Bradford caught a 50-yard touchdown.

* Houston’s 91-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was the Texans’ League-best seventh scoring drive of 90 yards or more this season.

* Houston’s second drive covered 80 yards and took 7:24 off the clock before ending with a 22-yard field goal. It was the Texans’ League-leading 21st drive of 5:00 or more this season.

TEAM DEFENSE NOTES

* Houston’s three interceptions tied for the third-most in a game in franchise history. The Texans had four interceptions on 10/17/04 at Tennessee and 11/12/06 at Jacksonville.

* The three interceptions raised the team’s total to 14 on the season, surpassing last year’s total of 13 interceptions.

* Houston’s defense held Tampa Bay to 9 points. It was the seventh game this season and fourth consecutive game in which the defense held its opponent below 20 points.

* The Texans recorded four takeaways without giving up any turnovers of their own for a plus-four turnover margin. It marked the seventh time this season that Houston posted a positive turnover margin, and the team improved to 5-2 in those games.

* The Texans defense has intercepted at least one pass in nine consecutive games.

* Houston has scored 90 points off of 20 takeaways this season, including 14 points off of four takeaways today. The Texans have scored following 14 of their 20 takeaways this year.

* The Texans defense held Tampa Bay to 1 yard of total offense in the third quarter. That is the fewest yards allowed in the third period in franchise history, bettering the previous low of 6 yards at Cincinnati (10/18/09).

* The Texans defense sacked Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman four times in the game. Coming into the game, he had only been sacked 10 times on the season.

* The four sacks raised the defense’s total to 28.0 on the year, nearly matching the 16-game total of 30.0 from 2010.

* The Texans defense stopped a two-point conversion attempt for the second consecutive game.

* Houston led after the first quarter for the ninth time in 10 games this season, at halftime for the eighth time and after three quarters for the ninth time.

* Tampa Bay K Connor Barth’s 55-yard field goal at the end of the first half was the sixth field goal of 50 yards or longer by a Texans opponent this season, which is tied for the most against any team in the NFL this season along with Minnesota. Texans opponents are 6-of-6 from 50+ yards this season.

* Team captains were QB Matt Schaub and C Chris Myers on offense, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.

* The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

* Successfully challenged a play in the first quarter that an apparent interception was an incomplete pass. The successful challenge improved Kubiak’s record on challenges to 2-3 this season and 12-25 in his career.

OLB CONNOR BARWIN

* Notched his fourth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter.

* Added a half-sack on Tampa’s next possession, teaming with DE J.J. Watt to drop Freeman for a 7-yard loss. The sack gave Barwin 4.5 on the season, matching his career single-season high from 2009.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING

* Registered his third sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave Cushing 8.5 for his career.

* Intercepted his second pass of the season when he caught a deflected pass in the third quarter. It was his sixth career interception.

* Led the team with eight tackles, all solos. It marked the eighth time in 10 games that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS

* Extended his streak of consecutive games with a  reception to 63 with a 13-yard catch in the first quarter.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

* Intercepted his second pass in as many games when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the fourth quarter.

RB ARIAN FOSTER

* Caught a 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was his second 78-yarder of the season. He also did so on 10/23 at Tennessee. Both receptions are tied for the second-longest TD catch in team history.

* Scored his 25th career rushing touchdown and his sixth of the season on a 5-yard run in the third quarter. Foster has run for at least one touchdown in four consecutive games.

* Surpassed 100 receiving yards for the third time this season. He topped the century mark on a 13-yard catch in the third quarter. He also had 116 receiving yards vs. Oakland (10/9) and 119 yards at Tennessee (10/23).

WR JACOBY JONES

* Caught the longest touchdown pass in Texans history when he hauled in a throw from QB Matt Schaub on the first play of the game and took it 80-yards for a score. The previous long was 78-yards by RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).

* Jones’ 80-yard touchdown catch was also the longest of his career, bettering a 47-yard catch last season at Denver (12/26/10). The touchdown was his second of the season and the 11th of his career.

QB MATT LEINART

* Made his debut as a Houston Texan, coming on as a substitute in the fourth quarter.

CB BRICE McCAIN

* Intercepted his second pass of the season when he picked off Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman in the third quarter. He returned the interception 10 yards to the Tampa Bay 14-yard line.

OLB JESSE NADING

* Recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter, giving him his first career kickoff return.

K NEIL RACKERS

* Passed Joe Nedney (1,113) for 36th on the NFL’s all-time kick scoring list. He entered the game with 1,009 career points and his 7 points in the game gave him 1,016 for his career.

* Saw his streak of 69 consecutive made extra point attempts come to an end following Houston’s opening touchdown when his kick was blocked by Tampa Bay DT Albert Haynesworth. The last time the Texans had an extra point attempt blocked was on 10/29/06 at Tennessee when Robaire Smith blocked Kris Brown’s try.

OLB BROOKS REED

* Picked up his fifth sack of the season when he tackled Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter. He is tied for the team lead with OLB Mario Williams whose place he took after Williams was placed on injured reserve.

* Has now registered at least one sack in each of his last four games, which ties him with DE Antonio Smith for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Williams holds the record with sacks in six straight games.

QB MATT SCHAUB

* Improved his record as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans to 32-32 with the victory.

* Tossed the longest pass of his career when he hit WR Jacoby Jones for an 80-yard touchdown on the opening play of the game. The throw was the longest touchdown completion in franchise history, bettering a 78-yard touchdown pass to RB Arian Foster earlier this season at Tennessee (10/23).

* Became the first quarterback with two touchdown passes of 78 yards or longer in the same game since Brett Favre did so in 2007 for Green Bay vs. Denver (10/29/07).

* Finished 11-of-15 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a career-high passer rating of 154.9.

* The performance marked Schaub’s fifth game this season with a rating better than 100. Houston is 4-1 in those games.

RB BEN TATE

* Scored his third rushing touchdown of the season when he scored from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter.

WR KEVIN WALTER

* Hauled in the 300th reception of his career on his first catch of the game, a 6-yarder in the first quarter.

RB DERRICK WARD

* Scored from 4 yards out in the third quarter. It was his 12th career rushing touchdown and his second of the season.

DE J.J. WATT

* Notched a half-sack in the third quarter, giving him 2.5 sacks on the year. He and OLB Connor Barwin teamed up to tackle Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman for a 7-yard loss.


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Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2011 – 5:46 pm

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak met with the media on Monday at Reliant Stadium for his regularly-scheduled day-after-a-game press conference at 3:30 p.m. CT.

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.”

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Texans-Browns postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 7, 2011 – 11:26 am

A day later, here are the postgame notes from Houston’s 30-12 Week 9 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Reliant Stadium, courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff.

THE WIN…

* Improved the Texans’ record to 6-3, putting them three games above .500 for the first time in franchise history. It is also the team’s best record through nine games.

* Gave the Texans their first three-game win streak during a season since the end of the 2009 season when they won four in a row from 12/13/09-1/3/10.

* Improved Head Coach Gary Kubiak’s record to 43-46 overall.

* Improved the Texans’ record against Cleveland to 4-3 overall and 3-1 under Kubiak.

* Improved Houston’s record at Reliant Stadium to 4-1 on the season and 28-17 under Kubiak.

TEAM NOTES…

* Houston set a franchise record for rushing yards in a game with 261. The previous high was 257 last season vs. Indianapolis (9/12/10).

* The Texans had two players with more than 100 rushing yards in the same game for the second time in the last three weeks after doing so at Tennessee on 10/23. Prior to this year, the Texans had never had two 100-yard rushers in the same game.

* Houston became the sixth team since 1985 to have a pair of rushers top 100 yards in the same game twice in a season. The last teams to do so was Tennessee (Chris Johnson, LenDale White) and Carolina (Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams) in 2008.

* The Texans’ three rushing touchdowns tied a club single-game record. It was the ninth time Houston rushed for three scores in a game and the first time since 1/2/11 vs. Jacksonville.

* The Texans had three players score rushing touchdowns in the same game for the second time in team history. The only other game in which three Texans ran for scores was on 12/13/07 vs. Denver, when FB Vonta Leach, QB Sage Rosenfels and RB Ron Dayne did so.

* The Texans outrushed the Browns 261-44. It was the sixth game this season and the third in a row that Houston has outrushed its opponent. The Texans are 5-1 in those games this season and are 34-13 under Kubiak when outrushing the opposition.

* The Texans ran the ball 40 times in the game, improving their record when rushing 30 or more times to 6-0 this season and 29-3 under Kubiak.

* The Texans defense held its opponent below 200 total yards of offense for the third consecutive game.

* The Texans held their opponent under 20 points for the sixth time this season and improved to 6-0 in those games this year and 27-1 under Kubiak.

* The Texans scored on their opening possession for the sixth time this season and scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game for the fifth time this year.

* Houston’s opening drive consumed 5:10 off the game clock. The Texans also had drives of 7:19 and 6:33 which each ended in field goals in the second half. The drives were Houston’s 18th, 19th and 20th of the season that lasted more than five minutes.

* The Texans scored a touchdown following a first-quarter fumble recovery and a field goal following a second-quarter interception, giving them 76 points off of 16 takeaways this season. Houston has converted 12 of its 16 takeaways into points.

* The Texans had a positive turnover margin for the sixth time this season, taking the ball away twice while committing one turnover. Houston is 4-2 this season when posting a positive turnover margin and 25-7 under Kubiak.

* Houston won time of possession for the eighth time this season and improved to 6-2 in those games this year and 35-17 under Kubiak.

* The Texans led after the first quarter for the eighth time in nine games this season, at halftime for the seventh time, and after three quarters for the eighth time.

* The Texans defense its streak of consecutive games with an interception to eight in a row.

* The Texans scored on their first possession of the second half for the fourth consecutive game. The drive was capped by a 21-yard field goal.

* Total paid attendance was 71,511. It marked the 97th consecutive home sellout for the Texans. Houston has sold out every home game, including preseason and regular-season contests, in franchise history. The crowd was the second-largest in team history behind the 71,585 earlier this year vs. Pittsburgh (10/2).

* The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES…

* Head Coach Gary Kubiak successfully challenged a play in the fourth quarter which was ruled a fumble on the field. Kubiak improved to 1-3 this season and 11-25 in his career.

* Rookie OLB Mister Alexander made his NFL debut after being signed off of the Texans practice squad earlier this week. Alexander finished the game with a team-leading two special teams tackles.

* OLB Connor Barwin registered his third sack of the season when he tackled Cleveland QB Colt McCoy for a 4-yard loss in the third quarter.

* NT Shaun Cody started his 50th career game, 38 of which have come in the last three years with the Texans. Cody intercepted a pass to thwart Cleveland’s two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.

* ILB Brian Cushing registered his second sack of the season when he tackled Cleveland QB Colt McCoy for no gain in the second quarter. The sack gave Cushing 7.5 for his career.

* Cushing led the team with seven tackles, including four solos, to go along with his sack, one tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. It was the seventh time this season that Cushing either led the team or tied for the team lead in tackles.

* TE Owen Daniels caught a 12-yard pass in the first quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 62.

* FS Quintin Demps made his second career interception and his first as a Texan when he picked off Cleveland QB Colt McCoy late in the second quarter and returned it 42 yards. His previous interception came on 11/1/09 vs. the New York Giants as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

* Demps’ 42-yard return was the Texans’ longest of the season, bettering a 38-yard return by CB Brice McCain on 10/23 at Tennessee.

* RB Arian Foster registered his 13th career 100-yard game and his fourth of the season. He topped 100 yards on his 11th carry of the game and finished with 124 yards on 19 carries.

* Foster has topped 100 rushing yards in three consecutive games and in 10 of his 13 career starts at Reliant Stadium.

* Foster scored on a 19-yard run in the second quarter. The touchdown was the 24th of his career, which moved him into first place on the franchise all-time record list. He entered the game tied with Domanick Williams with 23 career rushing TDs apiece.

* Foster also surpassed 2,500 career rushing yards on his 11th carry of the day. He entered the game with 2,405 career yards.

* Foster caught his 100th career pass when he hauled in his fourth of the day, a 7-yard gain.

* CB Kareem Jackson registered a career-high two passes defensed in the game to go along with five solo tackles, including one for loss.

* WR Jacoby Jones surpassed 1,500 career receiving yards with his first catch of the game, a 16-yard gain. He entered the game with 1,491 career yards. Jones finished the game with 1,519 career receiving yards and 1,600 punt return yards, becoming the first Texans player with 1,500 yards receiving and in punt returns.

* Jones returned a punt in the second quarter 50 yards. It was his second return of the season of 50 or more yards and his third of 40 or longer.

* CB Sherrick McManis saw action at kick returner for the second time in his career and first time this season, finishing with a career-high 67 yards on three returns. He had one return for 25 yards last season on 12/13/10 vs. Baltimore.

* K Neil Rackers made his 250th career field goal when he hit from 50 yards out in the fourth quarter.

* Rookie OLB Brooks Reed notched a sack in his third consecutive game when he tackled Cleveland QB Colt McCoy for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter.

* Reed registered his second sack of the game when he tackled McCoy for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter. It marked Reed’s first career multi-sack game.

* ILB DeMeco Ryans forced a fumble on Cleveland’s opening play. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

* Ryans started the 79th game of his career, which moved him into a tie with Dunta Robinson for the fifth-most in team history.

* QB Matt Schaub scored a rushing touchdown for the second consecutive game when he ran in from the 2-yard line. The touchdown gave Schaub four career rushing touchdowns.

* Schaub saw his streak of 104 consecutive pass attempts without an interception broken when a deep pass intended for TE Owen Daniels was tipped and intercepted by Cleveland LB D’Qwell Jackson. Schaub’s streak was the second-longest in team history behind his own streak of 110 in a row from 11/4/10-12/2/10.

* RB Ben Tate surpassed 100 rushing yards on his ninth carry of the game, a 1-yard gain. He finished with 115 yards on 15 carries, giving him his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

* Tate scored his second career touchdown on a 27-yard run on Houston’s opening drive. The 27-yard run was the longest of his career.

* Tate registered his 100th career carry on the first play of the second quarter, a gain of 24. It was Tate’s third rushing attempt of the day.

* WR Kevin Walter caught the 300th pass of his career when he hauled in a 5-yard throw on Houston’s opening drive. Walter entered the game with 299 career receptions.

* RB Derrick Ward surpassed 2,500 career rushing yards on his final carry of the day, a 9-yard gain. He entered the game needing 17 yards to surpass the milestone.

* Rookie DE J.J. Watt recovered a fumble on Cleveland’s first play of the game. It was his second fumble recovery of the season. His first came in the season opener vs. Indianapolis (9/11).

* Team captains were QB Matt Schaub and C Chris Myers on offense, ILB Brian Cushing, ILB DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.


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