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9 Texans, 1 Pro Bowl: What they did in the game

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 28, 2013 – 4:37 pm

Matt SchaubThe 2013 Pro Bowl featured a team-record nine Texans players on Sunday. Here’s a look at what each Texans player did in the game:

QB Matt Schaub (2nd career Pro Bowl): 12-of-22 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions with a 46.2 rating. Sacked once. The 2009 Pro Bowl MVP, Schaub entered game for Peyton Manning at the 6:54 mark of the second quarter and was replaced by Andrew Luck at 3:52 in the third. Schaub’s touchdown pass was a four-yarder to Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs on third-and-goal in the third quarter. Schaub also had one carry for 11 yards, showing off some wheels as he picked up a first down.

RB Arian Foster (3rd Pro Bowl): Three carries, -2 yards. Foster started the game and didn’t see the field much, if at all, after the first quarter. The AFC trailed 31-14 at halftime and had just 15 rushing yards as a team, while the NFC had just 78 in a decidedly pass-happy game. Foster threw a few halfback passes during the week in practice, as he did during last year’s Pro Bowl practices, but didn’t get a chance to do so in Sunday’s game.

WR Andre Johnson (6th Pro Bowl): Three catches for 34 yards on five targets. Johnson started and played much of the first half. In the second half, he wore a red AFC hat as he stood on the sideline with folded arms and talked to former University of Miami teammate Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning, Schaub and others. He caught one pass from Schaub, a 16-yard gain on third-and-15 in the second quarter.

TE Owen Daniels (2nd career Pro Bowl): Four catches for 45 yards on seven targets. Daniels had a long gain of 17, which he caught from Luck in the fourth quarter. He caught two passes from Schaub, including a 13-yarder in the second quarter.

LT Duane Brown (1st Pro Bowl), LG Wade Smith (1st), C Chris Myers (2nd): Brown and Smith both started. Myers, in his second consecutive Pro Bowl, played as a reserve. Brown played mostly right tackle, with Cleveland’s Joe Thomas seeing a bulk of time at left tackle when Brown was on the field. Smith also played some right guard; he and Brown ironically never played beside each other in the entire game.

DE J.J. Watt (1st Pro Bowl): Five tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit. Watt started in his Pro Bowl debut and made plays in the backfield along with a couple of other highlights – and a stomach-churning moment. The presumptive NFL Defensive Player of the Year lined up at wide receiver on the AFC’s first drive and had a pass thrown his way by Manning in the end zone. The pass was incomplete, and it also left Watt with a bloody finger that he showed off to NBC cameras on the sideline. Watt continued to play in the game and afterward said he’s fine and just needed a few stitches.

CB Johnathan Joseph (2nd Pro Bowl): Four tackles, including three in the first half. Joseph, making his second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, started the game and was often on the field at the same time as Watt. He lined up against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson and even Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.


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Joseph gets Pro Bowl INT, plenty of grief

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 30, 2012 – 3:54 pm

HONOLULU — Cornerback Johnathan Joseph provided the Texans’ highlight of the 2012 Pro Bowl with an interception of Cam Newton in the third quarter on Sunday at Aloha Stadium.

After the game, all Joseph – and his teammates – could talk about were the interceptions that he didn’t get.

“I expect more of him, because he dropped two of ‘em today, and he should’ve caught them,” defensive end Antonio Smith said. “If he wants to get his ninja sword, he must do that.”

Joseph finished his first-career Pro Bowl with two passes defensed, including one in the fourth quarter on a pass over the middle intended for Roddy White. Had he corralled it, he was likely bound for the end zone.

“He should’ve had another one, another interception for a touchdown,” Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said after being asked about Joseph’s interception. “But he had a good game.”

Even Joseph’s teammates watching the game from Houston got in on the ribbing.

“When I got back (in the locker room) and I looked at my phone, I probably had 10 texts from all the DBs – all of ‘em saying that cost me about 1,500 bucks for the drop,” Joseph said.


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Phillips feeling healthier by the day

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 27, 2012 – 2:41 am

HONOLULU – The entire Texans coaching staff is in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl this week. That includes defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who missed two games late in the season after having surgery on his kidney and gallbladder on Dec. 15.

“I was concerned whether he was gonna make the trip or not, but he really wanted to,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “It’s ended up being a blessing for him. He’s getting a lot of rest, and you can’t help but get well out here.”

Phillips, 64, looks noticeably healthier than he did in the final weeks of the Texans’ season, when he admitted that his surgery and recovery had taken a toll on his energy level. He coached the Texans’ regular-season finale and first playoff game from the press box before returning to the sideline for the Divisional Round game at Baltimore.

“Good,” he said on Thursday after being asked how he’s feeling. “I’m doing well. Getting better every day. I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m getting there…

“This is paradise right here, you know? I don’t know if I could stay on an island this far out too long, but a week is really nice.”

Aside from relaxing poolside or by the ocean, Phillips said he has enjoyed being around the Pro Bowl players and comparing them with players on the Texans.

“We feel like we should have more (Pro Bowlers), and looking at some of our guys compared to some of the players here, I think we’ve got some guys that are capable,” Phillips said. “So it’s nice to be here.”


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Kubiak keeping things simple for AFC

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 25, 2012 – 11:12 pm

HONOLULU — We got a question on Twitter on Tuesday asking how many plays the Texans’ Pro Bowl coaching staff gives to players on the AFC squad in such a short period of time.

The answer: Not many.

“To be honest with you, we just put in a few and we ask the quarterbacks what they want to do and just let ‘em go out there and have some fun and compete,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday after the AFC’s first practice. “This is more about a reward for the players and coming here for the great seasons they had. We just want to make them comfortable and do what they feel best doing.”

Center Chris Myers, one of the Texans’ three 2011 Pro Bowlers, also discussed the scope of the playbook on Wednesday.

“Obviously, we’re not going to install our whole offense,” Myers said. “But it’s very vanilla right now. We’re installing some things in today, but it’s easy enough where everyone can pick it up real easy and relate it to their own offense.”


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Jones-Drew hopes to glean secrets from Texans coaches

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 25, 2012 – 10:53 pm

HONOLULU — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2011, is playing in his third consecutive Pro Bowl. It’s the first one in which he’s being coached by a division rival.

“Obviously, being around the Texans’ coaching staff is nice to learn their playbooks and their scheme so I can take it back to Jacksonville and help us,” Jones-Drew said with a smile after Wednesday’s AFC practice at Kapolei High School. “That’ll be great.”

Joking aside, Jones-Drew said he knows a lot of the Texans’ coaches from the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine and other meetings over the years. The Texans are 11-9 all-time against the Jaguars, including a season sweep in 2011.

“That fierce (rivalry) stuff is during the season,” Jones-Drew said. “After that, it’s pretty much, hey – friendship type of deal. So it’s very nice. The guys you compete with – obviously, Coach (Wade) Phillips and his staff and the defense, I’ve gone against them a couple times. They’ve gotten the better of us, and to keep seeing ‘em and keep that competing is great.”


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Checking in from Waikiki

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 23, 2012 – 9:33 pm

HONOLULU – Aloha.

Texans TV’s Drew Dougherty and I arrived today in Honolulu, where we’ll be all week to cover the 2012 Pro Bowl.

Practices begin Wednesday for the AFC, which is being coached by Gary Kubiak and the rest of the Texans’ staff. The Texans have three Pro Bowlers in cornerback Johnathan Joseph, center Chris Myers and defensive end Antonio Smith, and Texans Cheerleader Morgan is here representing the team as well.

We’ll have a boat(canoe?)load of articles, videos, photos and podcasts from Oahu, beginning with this Texans Today podcast that Dougherty and I just did from the patio of our hotel room in Waikiki Beach.


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Phillips miffed by Cushing’s Pro Bowl snub

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 28, 2011 – 3:15 pm

Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing was left off the Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday, and Wade Phillips isn’t too happy about it.

Phillips, who returned to practice from a medical leave of absence on Wednesday, was beside himself about Cushing’s omission. After meeting with a crowd of reporters for a few minutes to discuss his health situation, the 35th-year NFL coach went out of his way to offer some unsolicited – and very passionate – comments about his playmaking inside linebacker.

“How Cushing didn’t make the Pro Bowl is beyond me,” Phillips said. “I mean, the guy’s got at least 160, 180 tackles by our count, which is coach’s count, which is the correct count. It’s not off the game where somebody sees – they don’t see how many plays he makes that are unseen unless you go back and you put the camera on it and you slow it down and you go in slow motion, he’s there going to be to make a play. I know a lot of people are deserving, but that guy is a holy phenom, now. He’s one of the best I’ve coached. I’ve been in it a long time. So, that’s my say-so.”

Going by Stats, Inc., Cushing officially has 110 tackles this season. That’s still 38 more than his next-closest teammate, safety Glover Quin. Cushing has more solo tackles (74) – again, according to Stats, Inc. – than Quin has overall (72). One has to wonder how much bigger the discrepancy is on Phillips and Reggie Herring’s stat sheets.

Cushing was one of nine Texans players who were chosen as Pro Bowl alternates, meaning they still could end up in the game if the players picked ahead of them drop out.

UPDATE: Here’s Cushing from the locker room on Wednesday afternoon, on if he’s disappointed about not being selected to the Pro Bowl: “Yeah, I am. I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t. I play this game to be the best and I’m never going to hide that. It only means one thing, there’s room for improvement. Obviously, they don’t think I’m good enough yet and I’ll continue to do it. As far as motivation and a driving force, this is going to be a big one.”


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Foster says teammates, O-line “got the shaft”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 28, 2011 – 12:59 am

The Texans are 10-5 and clinched the AFC South title two weeks ago, but they landed only two players in the 2012 Pro Bowl.

Running back Arian Foster and cornerback Johnathan Joseph made the squad as reserves. Nine other Texans players – outside linebacker Connor Barwin, left tackle Duane Brown, inside linebacker Brian Cushing, tight end Owen Daniels, wide receiver Andre Johnson, kick returner Jacoby Jones, center Chris Myers, defensive end Antonio Smith and defensive end J.J. Watt – wound up as alternates.

Cushing didn’t make it despite leading the Texans’ No. 2-ranked defense with 110 tackles. His next-closest teammate has 72 tackles. Cushing also has four sacks and two interceptions. Barwin is tied for third in the AFC with 11.5 sacks, while Watt (5.5 sacks) and Smith (4.5 sacks) have been impact players from the 3-4 DE spot.

Joseph is the only one player who made it from a defense that ranked No. 1 in the league for much of the season.

“To me, that’s kind of strange to see the year that everyone else has been having,” Joseph said Tuesday. “It shocked me a lot, to be honest, just because I thought other guys were going to get voted in. It wasn’t our main goal or focus; we weren’t watching and praying about who was in and who was out, but just the way everyone has played this year with Connor having the year he’s having, Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith and the rest of those guys, it’s kind of a disappointment.”

None of the Texans’ offensive linemen made the Pro Bowl, even though Houston ranks second in rushing this season and has allowed only 30 sacks. The Texans had the league’s leading rusher in 2010 and the league’s leading passer in 2009, yet none of their O-linemen has ever been to a Pro Bowl.

“I’m extremely disappointed,” Foster said. “It’s still one of my goals to get one of them in there. Hopefully, I have a long career here in Houston and we’re going to get that done.

“My teammates and my line, I think they got the shaft this year, but that’s just a part of it. It’s a business, but I think one of these days, they’re going to realize that we have a great offensive line in this city and they’re going to get rewarded.”


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Foster continues to beat the odds

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 28, 2011 – 12:09 am

After going undrafted in 2009, Texans running back Arian Foster led the NFL in rushing last season. There were plenty of skeptics this offseason who wondered aloud if he was a one-year wonder destined to regress.

Through 15 games, the answer has been a resounding no. Foster was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl on Tuesday along with Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph. He ranks third in the NFL in rushing despite missing two-and-a-half games with a hamstring injury at the beginning of the season, and he leads the league with 141.6 yards from scrimmage per game.

Not bad for a guy who was passed over for 22 other running backs in the 2009 draft.

“It’s kind of surreal because I remember wanting to be the best I could as a child and now to be at the height of the game, it’s just fun,” Foster said on Tuesday. “I came from a place where, statistically speaking, you’re not supposed to make it in this league, especially to that high of a level, and I’ve done it twice. It’s just a tribute to hard work and my teammates helping me out. I wouldn’t have been there without them. I’m just happy about it, and hopefully we can add a bigger trophy to my trophy case.”


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Joseph overwhelmed by first Pro Bowl nod

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 27, 2011 – 11:28 pm

Johnathan Joseph has quietly been regarded as a shutdown corner for some time, but he finally added “Pro Bowler” to his resume on Tuesday.

The sixth-year pro out of South Carolina, who signed with the Texans in late July as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals, earned a spot on the AFC all-star roster as a reserve behind Darrelle Revis and Champ Bailey.

“It means a lot to be honored with your peers around the league, to be selected by the fans, coaches and whoever else may do the voting,” Joseph said in a conference call on Tuesday evening. “At the same time, it speaks volumes about the guys on this team, because I couldn’t get it without the help of everyone else on this team, the guys up front on defense, just a collective group overall with the coaches helping me since coming over here to Houston.”

The Pro Bowl squad is determined by 1/3 fan votes, 1/3 player votes and 1/3 coach votes. Joseph,  a first-round pick in 2006 has helped lead a remarkable turnaround of the Texans’ passing defense, which has gone from 32nd to second in 2011. He has four interceptions and a team-high 15 passes defensed.

“It’s just kind of really overwhelming how everything has unfolded this year altogether,” Joseph said. “Like I said, to be mentioned with everyone else around this league and in the all-star game, that’s great overall for me, and I think it helps a lot with the guys in the room as far as me just being a leader.”


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