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Full list of Texans free agents

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 13, 2012 – 11:27 am

With the NFL’s free agency period beginning in less than three hours (3 p.m. CT), here’s a full list of the Texans’ free agents, which includes 15 unrestricted players and one restricted:

Unrestricted
CB Jason Allen
S Dominique Barber
G Mike Brisiel
DE Tim Bulman
QB Jake Delhomme
ILB Tim Dobbins
TE Joel Dreessen
QB Jeff Garcia
WR Bryant Johnson
C Chris Myers
K Neil Rackers
G Kasey Studdard
P Matt Turk
RB Derrick Ward
OLB Mario Williams

Restricted
S Quintin Demps
(RB Arian Foster – signed March 6)

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(LS Jon Weeks – signed March 5)


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Texans have 14 players, 14 coaches with playoff experience

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 5, 2012 – 9:55 am

Most of the Texans’ coaching staff has extensive playoff experience, but, as this is the franchise’s first trip to the postseason, most Texans players have none.

Among players, 14 of 53 (26.4 percent) on the active roster have played in a postseason game. In other words, 39 of 53 (73.6 percent) have not. The Texans have a total of 53 games of playoff experience on the roster, including four Super Bowl appearances.

Will that be a factor against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday? Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who has been to six Super Bowls as a player and coach, was asked Tuesday about overcoming his team’s lack of playoff experience.

“I don’t know that answer,” he said. “I mean, I’ve been asked so many times. It is what it is. From that standpoint, as far as our players, maybe that’s a good thing that they don’t have a lot of things to pull from. It’s just, ‘Go play it like any other game.’ They know that the result – the biggest factor – you can move on. If you don’t play well, you’re not moving on, you’re going home. They all understand that, but this is the Houston Texans’ first taste of a playoff game.”

Kubiak said that playoff-tested veterans Antonio Smith and Danieal Manning have stepped up as leaders this week, passing along “a lot of great information” to their teammates – not to mention taking things up a notch on the practice field.

“Watching Danieal Manning practice today and watching him prepare – if you’re his teammate, you know there was something different about it today,” Kubiak said Tuesday. “You just ask those guys to lead the way, and we got a lot of good players that need to jump in there and go with them, so we’ll find out.”

Among coaches, 14 of 16 (87.5 percent) have playoff experience. Defensive backs coach Vance Joseph and offensive assistant Marc Lubick are the lone exceptions. The Texans’ coaching staff has coached and/or played in 175 postseason games. Kubiak has coached in 16 and played in four. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has coached in 26.

The Texans have eight coaches who have participated in Super Bowls, with 10 rings and 20 appearances among them. Kubiak won three Super Bowls as a coach — one as quarterbacks coach in San Francisco in 1994 and two as offensive coordinator in Denver in 1997-98.

“I hope they (players) look at our staff and pull from everybody,” Kubiak said. “Wade’s been in a lot of big football games, (offensive coordinator) Rico (Rick Dennison), guys have been in a lot of playoff games, have been around those type of things. They got to look to everybody, and like I said, there’s a lot of information to be passed along this week, whether it’s from me, coaches, players who’ve played in playoff games, but the bottom line is we’re going to play with the same ball, we’re going play on the same fields.  That was my message to them (Tuesday) morning: ‘Hey, whatever you did during the season, you did a hell of a job.  You make sure you’re doing the same thing this week as we prepare for Saturday.’”

Here’s a list of the 14 Texans players with postseason experience:

Player: Number of Playoff Games
QB Jake Delhomme: 8 – 2 WC (2003-04), 3 D (2003, 2005, 2008), 2 C (2003, 2005), 1 SB (2003)
ILB Tim Dobbins: 7 – 2 WC (2007-08), 4 D (2006-09), 1 C (2007)
P Matt Turk: 7 – 4 WC (1999-02), 3 D (1999-2000, 2002)
QB Jeff Garcia: 6 – 4 WC (2001-02, 2006-07), 2 D (2002, 2006)
K Neil Rackers: 6 – 2 WC (2008-09, 2 D (2008-09), 1 C (2008), 1 SB (2008)
FS Danieal Manning: 5 – 2 D (2006, 2010, 2 C (2006, 2010), 1 SB (2006)
DE Antonio Smith: 4 – 1 WC (2008), 1 D (2008), 1 C  (2008), 1 SB  (2008)
FS Quintin Demps: 3 – 1 WC (2008), 1 D (2008), 1 C (2008)
C Chris Myers: 2 – 1 D (2005), 1 C (2005)
CB Jason Allen: 1 – 1 WC (2008)
CB Johnathan Joseph: 1 – 1 WC (2009)
LG Wade Smith: 1 – 1 WC (2006)
WR Kevin Walter: 1 – 1 WC (2005)
RB Derrick Ward: 1 – 1 D (2008)
* WC = Wild Card round, D = Divisional round, C = Conference championship, SB = Super Bowl


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HT.com Week 17 link roundup

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 2, 2012 – 11:57 am

Links to our coverage of the Texans’ 23-22 Week 17 loss to the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium on Sunday:

Articles/blogs
Delhomme-led Texans come up one point short vs. Titans
Yates leaves game in first quarter
Delhomme looks good in fill-in role
Notes: Backups, Johnson and Phillips return
Postgame quotes: Texans vs. Titans
Titans 23, Texans 22: Postgame notes
Texans-Titans inactives, lineup changes

Videos
Titans at Texans highlights
Texans postgame press conference
Sonic Game Recap: Titans at Texans
5 Things Rewind: Titans at Texans
Cheer highlights: Titans at Texans
Delhomme passes for late score
Dobbins forces fourth-quarter fumble
Tate bursts for 56 yards
Braman makes play without helmet
Tate rushes for score

Photos
Game photos
Pregame photos
Tailgate photos


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Titans 23, Texans 22: Postgame Notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 1, 2012 – 8:07 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 23-22 loss to the Titans at Reliant Stadium in Week 17:

THE TEXANS…

  • Finished the season with a franchise-best record of 10-6. With the loss today, Houston finished the season 5-3 at home, 4-2 against AFC South opponents and 1-1 against Tennessee. Houston’s 4-2 intra-division record matches the best in team history.
  • Outrushed the Titans, gaining 152 yards on the ground to Tennessee’s 60. It was the 11th time this season that the Texans outrushed their opponents, and the Texans fell to 8-3 in those games.
  • Won the time of possession battle for the 12th time this season, holding the ball for 34:38. Houston fell to 9-3 in those games
  • Scored on their opening possession of the game for the ninth time this season and the second game in a row.
  • Led after the first quarter for the 12th time this season.
  • Trailed at halftime for the fourth time this season.
  • Scored on their opening possession of the second half for the 10thtime this season and the fourth consecutive game.
  • Were tied after three quarters for the second time this season.
  • Sold out their 100th consecutive home game, including regular season and preseason contests, with a crowd of 71,512. Houston has sold out every home game in franchise history.
  • Team captains were WR Andre Johnson and C Chris Myers on offense, ILBs Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans and DE Antonio Smith on defense and K Neil Rackers representing the special teams.
  • The Titans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

TEAM RECORDS SET IN 2011…

  • Wins (10) – Previous record was 9 in 2009
  • Consecutive wins (7) – Previous record was 6 from 12/13/09-9/19/10
  • Fewest touchdowns allowed (27) – Previous record was 39 in 2004 and 2009
  • Fewest points allowed (278) – Previous record was 333 in 2009
  • Fewest yards allowed (4,571) – Previous record was 5,198 in 2009
  • Rushing yards gained (2,448) – Previous record was 2,042 in 2010
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed (1,536) – Previous record was 1,711 in 2009
  • Fewest net passing yards allowed (3,035) – Previous record was 3,141 in 2002
  • Fewest first downs allowed (270) – Previous record was 291 in 2002
  • Fewest interceptions thrown (9) – Previous record was 12 in 2010
  • Sacks (44.0) – Previous record was 37 in 2005
  • Home attendance (Season avg. 71, 496) – Previous high was 71,081 in 2010

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK

  • Saw his record drop to 47-49 with the loss.
  • Lost the final game of the regular season for the first time in his six seasons as head coach.

CB JASON ALLEN

  • Made his first start since Week 5 vs. Oakland (10/9), starting in place of an inactive Johnathan Joseph. Allen finished the game with two solo tackles.

G THOMAS AUSTIN

  • Saw action for the second time this season and got his most extensive playing time when he subbed for starting C Chris Myers in the second half.

OLB BRYAN BRAMAN

  • Teamed with OLB Jesse Nading to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. It was the first sack of his career.

FB JAMES CASEY

  • Caught his career-high sixth pass of the season when he hauled in a 15-yard throw in the third quarter. His previous high was five receptions in Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25). He finished the game with seven catches for 91 yards with a long of 21.

QB JAKE DELHOMME

  • Made his Texans debut when he stepped in for starter T.J. Yates in the first quarter. Delhomme completed 18-of-28 pass attempts for 211 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 99.0.

FS QUINTIN DEMPS

  • Led the team with a career-high six tackles, all of which were solo stops.

ILB TIM DOBBINS

  • Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

T ANDREW GARDNER

  • Made his NFL debut when he came on for a field goal attempt in the third quarter.

TE GARRETT GRAHAM

  • Caught his first career pass, a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON

  • Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games played with a sack to 82 when he caught a 5-yard pass in the first quarter.

WR BRYANT JOHNSON

  • Caught a season-long 40-yard pass in the fourth quarter. The catch was his longest since 11/16/08 when he caught 42-yard pass for San Francisco against St. Louis.
  • Caught his first touchdown of the season and the 16th of his career when QB Jake Delhomme hit him in the back of the end zone from 5 yards out late in the fourth quarter. It was Johnson’s first touchdown catch since 1/3/10 when he caught a 12-yard touchdown for Detroit against Chicago.

WR JACOBY JONES

  • Caught three passes for 35 yards, which put him over 500 receiving yards for the second consecutive season. He entered the game needing 23 yards to reach the milestone.

FS SHILOH KEO

  • Saw his first career action as a punt returner. He fair caught the first punt that came his way and finished the game with one return for 11 yards.

NT EARL MITCHELL

  • Finished the game with a career-high six tackles, including five solo stops, and one pass defensed. His previous high was five tackles vs. Carolina (12/18).

OLB JESSE NADING

  • Registered his first partial sack of the season when he teamed with OLB Bryan Braman to sack Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the third quarter. The sack gave Nading 4.0 for his career.
  • Recovered the first fumble of his career in the fourth quarter.

K NEIL RACKERS

  • Made all three field goal attempts, hitting from 72, 37 and 22 yards, to give him a franchise-record 32 field goals on the season. The previous mark was 29 field goals by Kris Brown in 2008.

DE ANTONIO SMITH

  • Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. The sack gave him 5.5 on the season, which matches his career high set in 2007 with Arizona. It also moved him past Jason Babin into third on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 14.0.
  • Notched his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack gave him a career-high 6.5 on the season. His 2.0 sacks also tied a career single-game high, matching his performance at Oakland on 10/3/10.

RB BEN TATE

  • Made his second career start and his first since Week 3 at New Orleans (9/25), finishing with 97 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
  • Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run to cap the Texans’ opening drive. His last touchdown was in Week 11 at Tampa Bay (11/13).
  • Ran for a 56-yard gain on the first play of the second half. It was the longest run of the season for the Texans and the longest of his career. The previous long was a 44-yard run by Tate at Cincinnati (12/11).
  • Had a career-high 24 receiving yards and tied a career high with four receptions. His previous bests were four catches and 13 receiving yards, both at Miami in Week 2 (9/18).

RB DERRICK WARD

  • Finished the game with season highs in rushing attempts and rushing yards, carrying 12 times for 50 yards. His previous highs were 11 attempts and 39 yards, both against Indianapolis in Week 1 (9/11).

QB T.J. YATES

  • Started for the fifth time and completed all four of his pass attempts for 47 yards before leaving the game early in the first quarter.

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Texans vs. Titans game blog

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 1, 2012 – 12:02 pm

I’ll be posting updates after every score in the Texans’ Week 17 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Scroll to the bottom of the post for the most recent updates.

The Titans won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

First quarter

5:15: Texans 7 — Titans 0

Texans running back Ben Tate runs for a four-yard touchdown on first-and-goal.

Drive summary: 13 plays, 90 yards, 6:43

Key plays: Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates was sacked for a five-yard loss on the drive’s first play, but he rebounded with a 15-yard pass for a first down to Joel Dreessen two plays later. He completed a 15-yard pass to fullback James Casey on the next play. Running back Derrick Ward ran seven yards for a first down on third-and-one from the Houston 47. Tate ran for 11 yards up the middle on the next play. Ward picked up five yards and a first down on second-and-two from the 13, and he was hit out of bounds by safety Jordan Babineaux to tack four yards on to the end of the run. Tate scored on the next play.

Second quarter

13:06: Titans 3 – Texans 7

Titans kicker Rob Bironas makes a 21-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 10 plays, 69 yards, 4:20

Key plays: On third-and-three from the Tennessee 35, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed an eight-yard pass over the middle to wide receiver Nate Washington. He completed a 17-yard pass to tight end Jared Cook on the next play. Two plays later, Chris Johnson ran for 27 yards to the Houston 9-yard line. Hasselbeck’s pass for tight end Jared Cook on third-and-goal was too high and incomplete.

3:48: Titans 10 — Texans 7

Titans wide receiver Donnie Avery catches a one-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal.

Drive summary: 5 plays, 33 yards, 2:41

Key plays: Texans quarterback Jake Delhomme was sacked by defensive end Dave Ball and fumbled the ball away at the Texans’ 33-yard line. Two plays later, Hasselbeck completed a 25-yard pass to Cook over the middle down to the four-yard line.

1:09: Texans 10 – Titans 10

Texans kicker Neil Rackers makes a 52-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 46 yards, 2:39

Key plays: Delhomme started the drive with a 16-yard pass over the middle to Andre Johnson. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks was flagged 15 yards for a personal foul on the play, moving the ball all the way to the Titans’ 49-yard line. That was followed by a nine-yard catch by fullback James Casey and a two-yard run by Tate for a first down.

0:00: Titans 13 – Texans 10

Bironas makes a 43-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 55 yards, 1:09

Key plays: On the second play of the drive, Hasselbeck completed a 13-yard pass to Cook. The Titans got past midfield with a 16-yard catch by Chris Johnson, who went out of bounds at the Houston 48. Hasselbeck hit Avery for 23 yards to the 25-yard line and called a timeout with five seconds on the clock.

Third quarter

11:46: Texans 13 — Titans 13

Rackers makes a 37-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 5 plays, 62 yards, 1:46

Key plays: Tate started the second half with a 56-yard run up the middle on the first play of the drive, all the way down to the Tennessee 24-yard line. Wide receiver Bryant Johnson was penalized 15 yards for clipping on the next play. Ward ran for 11 yards a play later, and Delhomme completed a nine-yard pass to Jacoby Jones on third-and-14 to set up the field goal.

7:22 Titans 16 — Texans 13

Bironas makes a 33-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 5 plays, 62 yards, 1:46

Key plays: Hasselbeck hit wide receiver Nate Washington for a 55-yard pass down the right sideline on the first play of the drive. He beat cornerback Kareem Jackson on the play.

Fourth quarter

14:57: Texans 16 — Titans 16

Rackers makes a 22-yard field goal.

Drive summary: 12 plays, 76 yards, 7:25

Key plays: Delhomme hit fullback James Casey, who made a leaping catch, for 21 yards on the second play of the drive. Two plays later, he found Casey for 15 yards to the Tennessee 46. Four plays later, Delhomme rolled out right on a play-action fake and fired a 24-yard pass to tight end Garrett Graham down to the 11-yard line.

4:31: Titans 23 — Texans 16

Washington catches a 23-yard touchdown pass from Hasselbeck on second-and-eight.

Drive summary: 6 plays, 56 yards, 2:32

Key plays: On third-and-nine from Tennessee 45, Hasselbeck completed a nine-yard pass to Chris Johnson that was an inch past the first-down marker. He hit Avery for a 21-yard pass on the next play.

0:14: Texans 22 – Titans 23

Delhomme completes a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bryant Johnson on third-and-goal. The two-point conversion attempt failed when backup center Thomas Austin’s snap went over Delhomme’s head and was recovered by the Titans.

Drive summary: 7 plays, 36 yards, 1:35

Key plays: After a forced fumble by linebacker Tim Dobbins that was recovered by linebacker Jesse Nading, Delhomme completed a 20-yard pass to Jacoby Jones. He found Johnson in the back of the end zone six plays later. Tight end Joel Dreessen was flagged for a false start on the initial attempt for the two-point conversion.


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Report: Texans to sign Jake Delhomme

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 29, 2011 – 4:47 pm

The Texans have agreed to terms on a contract with retired quarterback Jake Delhomme, according to multiple reports. Delhomme and quarterback Jeff Garcia worked out for the team on Tuesday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the story on Twitter. The Texans have not made any announcements at this time and will not until the move is official, per team policy.

Delhomme, 36, would likely become the backup to rookie starter T.J. Yates. Recently-signed Kellen Clemens will be the Texans’ No. 2 quarterback this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that the Texans were looking for a quarterback “who’s been in a few rodeos,” and Delhomme certainly fits the bill. He started 96 games in 10 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns, including eight playoff games with Carolina. Delhomme has a 5-3 career postseason record and led the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium in 2004. He retired after appearing in five games last season for the Cleveland Browns.

UPDATE: Kubiak confirmed the move with Jeffrey Martin of the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday evening.

“I thought both of them worked out well,” Kubiak said of Delhomme and Garcia. “Some coaches I talked to spoke real highly of Jake. They think he’ll fit in perfectly with what we were looking for. I think he’s a good fit with T.J… He’s a leader and a good person. He’s played in big games. He’s got West Coast verbiage in his background. He was so upbeat about coming here. He showed good arm strength. I was impressed. He’s just a very impressive guy.”


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