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Texans-Jaguars connections

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 12, 2012 – 9:21 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here’s a look at notable connections between the Texans and their Week 2 opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars:

TEXANS WITH CONNECTIONS TO FLORIDA
ILB Mister Alexander (Florida State); RB Justin Forsett (Lakeland); CB Brandon Harris (Miami; Univ. of Miami); WR Lestar Jean (Miami; Florida Atlantic Univ.); WR Andre Johnson (Miami; Univ. of Miami); C Chris Myers (Miami; Univ. of Miami); WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached at Univ. of Florida, 1984-88); LB Coach Reggie Herring (played at Florida State, 1978-80); Assistant Head Coach/DL Bill Kollar (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, played 1977-81, coached 1984); Special Teams Coordinator Joe Marciano (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coached 1996-01); QB Coach Karl Dorrell (Miami Dolphins, coached 2008-11; Univ. of Central Florida, coached 1989).

JAGUARS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
CB Antwon Blake (Houston; UTEP); LB Kyle Bosworth (Plano); G Uche Nwaneri (Garland); CB Aaron Ross (Tyler; Univ. of Texas); CB Kevin Rutland (Houston); PK Josh Scobee (Longview); WR Mike Thomas (DeSoto); RB Keith Toston (Angleton); WR Coach Jerry Sullivan (coached at Texas Tech 1973-75); Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski (San Angelo).

FORMER JAGUARS ON THE TEXANS
WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached in 2003).

FORMER TEXANS ON THE JAGUARS
Secondary Coach Tony Oden (coached from 2004-05); Assistant Secondary Coach Marlon McCree (played 2003-04).

TEXANS-JAGUARS COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans OLB Brooks Reed and NT Earl Mitchell and Jaguars OL Eben Britton and WR Mike Thomas (Arizona); Texans Offensive Assistant Jim Ryan (1974-78) played for William & Mary with Jaguars LB Coach Mark Duffner (1972-74); Dorrell coached at UCLA when RB Maurice Jones-Drew (2003-05), Bosworth (2005-09), and TE Marcedes Lewis (2002-05) played there; Texans RB Justin Forsett (2004-07) played at California with DT Tyson Alualu (2006-09); Alexander (2006-10) played at Florida State with Jaguars CB Mike Harris (2010-11); Texans DE Tim Jamison (2005-08) played at Michigan with Jaguars QB Chad Henne (2004-07); Texans WR DeVier Posey (2008-11) played at Ohio State with Jaguars C Mike Brewster (2008-11); LG Wade Smith (1999-2001) played at Memphis while DL Coach Joe Cullen (2001) coached there; Texans CB Alan Ball (2002-06) played at Illinois when Cullen (2005) coached there.

TEXANS-JAGUARS PRO CONNECTIONS
LG Wade Smith (2006-07) played for the New York Jets with Jaguars DL C.J. Mosley (2006-08); Texans NT Shaun Cody (2005-08) played for Detroit while Jaguars DL Coach Joe Cullen (2006-08) and Assistant Head Coach/QB Coach Greg Olson (2004-05) coached there; Texans SS Danieal Manning (2006-10) played for Chicago with Jaguars G/C Josh Beekman (2007-10); Texans QB John Beck (2007-08), ILB Tim Dobbins (2010), T Andrew Gardner (2009), and K Shayne Graham (2011) played for Miami with Jaguars QB Chad Henne (2008-11); Beck (2009) and Gardner (2010) played for Baltimore with Jaguars S Dawan Landry (2006-10) and with RB Jalen Parmele (2008-10); Texans Assistant Head Coach/DL Bill Kollar (2006-08) coached for Buffalo while Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny (2007-10) played there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis with Jaguars WR Laurent Robinson (2009-10), DE George Selvie (2010) and RB Keith Toston (2010); Ball (2007-11) and ILB Bradie James (2003-11) played for Dallas with Robinson (2011); Graham (2010) played for N.Y. Giants with CB Aaron Ross (2007-11); Texans RB Coach Chick Harris (1983-91) coached for Seattle while Jaguars OL Coach Andy Heck (1989-93) played there; Texans WR Kevin Walter (2003-05), Graham (2003-09) and CB Johnathan Joseph (2006-10) played for Cincinnati when Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski (2001-10) coached there; Beck (2007-08) and Jones (2005-06) played for Miami while Head Coach Mike Mularkey (2006-07) coached there; Beck (2007-08), Dobbins (2010)¸and Gardner (2009) played for Miami while Jaguars Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego (2008-10) coached there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis while Olson (2006-07) and RB Coach Sylvester Croom (2009-11) coached there; Smith (2003-05) played for Miami while Sullivan (2004) coached there; Dorrell (2008-11) coached for Miami with Bonamego (2008-10); Texans DB Coach Vance Joseph (2005-10) coached for San Francisco with Sullivan (2005-10).


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Texans-Dolphins Connections

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 4, 2012 – 1:58 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here’s a look at notable connections between the Texans and their Week 1 opponent, the Miami Dolphins:

TEXANS WITH TIES TO FLORIDA
WR Andre Johnson (University of Miami, from Miami); C Chris Myers (University of Miami, from Miami); CB Brandon Harris (University of Miami, from Miami); WR Lestar Jean (Florida Atlantic, from Miami); ILB Mister Alexander (Florida State); WR coach Larry Kirksey (RB coach, University of Florida)

DOLPHINS WITH CONNECTIONS TO TEXAS
LB Kevin Burnett (Dallas Cowboys, 2005-08); TE Anthony Fasano (Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07); FB Jorvorskie Lane (Texas A&M, from Lufkin); DT Kheeston Randall (University of Texas, from Beaumont); QB Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M, from Big Spring); offensive coordinator Mike Sherman (coached at Texas A&M, 1989-1993, 1995-97, head coach 2008-11; Houston Texans, 2006-07); TE coach Dan Campbell (born in Clifton; TE at Texas A&M, 1994-98; Dallas Cowboys, 2003-05); LB coach George Edwards (Dallas Cowboys, 1998-2001); DL coach Kacy Rogers (Dallas Cowboys, 2003-07); assistant QB coach Zac Taylor (coached at Texas A&M, 2011); OL coach Jim Turner (coached at Texas A&M, 2008-11)

FORMER DOLPHINS WITH THE TEXANS
QB John Beck (2007-08); LB Tim Dobbins (2010); K Shayne Graham (2011); G Wade Smith (2003-05); QB coach Karl Dorrell was the Dolphins’ QB coach (2011) and WR coach (2008-10); assistant strength and conditioning coach Matt Schiotz was the Dolphins’ head strength and conditioning coach (2007)

FORMER TEXANS WITH THE DOLPHINS
S Troy Nolan (2009-11); offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was Houston’s offensive coordinator (2006-07)

TEXANS-DOLPHINS NOTABLE COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
Texans QB John Beck and Dolphins LS John Denney (BYU); Texans C Ben Jones and Dolphins S Reshad Jones (Georgia); Texans G Wade Smith and Dolphins T Artis Hicks (Memphis); Texans CB Brandon Harris and Dolphins RB Lamar Miller and DE Olivier Vernon (Miami, Fla.); Texans DE Tim Jamison and Dolphins T Jake Long (Michigan); Texans WR DeVier Posey and Dolphins WR Brian Hartline and LB Austin Spitler (Ohio State); Texans RB Arian Foster and Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett and DT Tony McDaniel (Tennessee); Texans NT Shaun Cody and ILB Brian Cushing and Dolphins RB Reggie Bush (USC); Texans CB Brice McCain and Dolphins LB Koa Misi, DE Paul Soliai, DE Derrick Shelby and CB Sean Smith (Utah)

TEXANS-DOLPHINS PRO CONNECTIONS
Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett (2005-08) and TE Anthony Fasano (2006-07) played for Dallas with Texans CB Alan Ball (2007-11) and ILB Bradie James (2003-11) and while Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips (2007-10), Texans LB coach Reggie Herring (2008-10) and Dolphins DL coach Kacy Rogers (2003-07) coached there; Texans G Andrew Gardner (2011), K Shayne Graham (2003-09), CB Johnathan Joseph (2006-10) and WR Kevin Walter (2003-05) played for Cincinnati while Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle coached there (2001-11); Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby (2004-09) played for Arizona with Texans DE Antonio Smith (2004-08); Texans ILB Tim Dobbins (2008-09) played for San Diego with Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett (2009-10); Dobbins (2008-09) played for San Diego with Dolphins WR Legedu Naanee (2007-10); Texans G Wade Smith (2007) played for N.Y. Jets with Dolphins LB Jason Trusnik (2007-09); Dolphins WR Anthony Armstrong (2010-11)  and T Artis Hicks (2010) played for Washington with Texans QB John Beck (2010-2011); Dolphins G Richie Incognito (2006-08) played for St. Louis with Texans P Donnie Jones (2007-11)


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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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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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Bradie James quickly making leadership presence felt

Posted by Nick Scurfield on May 22, 2012 – 4:46 pm

Inside linebacker Bradie James has made a good first impression on Texans head coach Gary Kubiak through two days of organized team activities (OTAs).

“A leader,” Kubiak said of James after Tuesday’s practice at the Methodist Training Center. “You can tell he’s been a leader of a group before. He’s very much under control with the defense. Fit right in with the group real quick. He’s been there every day. That’s what we asked of him. He’s come in and been everything (defensive coordinator) Wade (Phillips) and (linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) said he would be.”

Phillips and Herring coached James, 31, in Dallas from 2007-10. After the Texans signed James in April, Phillips called him “a warrior” and “coach on the field” and said he expected him to take a leadership role quickly in Houston.

Herring expects James to help fill the void left by DeMeco Ryans, the Texans’ longtime captain who was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.

“I think when you look at first of all what DeMeco was, he was a player rep, team captain, played inside linebacker,” Herring said. “Alright, Bradie James has been team captain for the last eight years for Dallas. He was their player rep. He was their leader. He was the leading tackler several years, and he brings a wealth of experience to the table. He knows our package. He’s a great pro. At the end of the day, whatever we lost with DeMeco, we felt real confident that we regained it with Bradie.

“On top of that, a guy that knows our position. He knows how to run our show. He presents and brings a certain calm to our defense. He knows all those checks. He knows those checks better than my guys knew ‘em last year between Cushing and DeMeco. So he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, calmness, professionalism. Great work habits.”

James played Mike linebacker, Brian Cushing’s position last season in Houston, for the Cowboys. He had more than 100 tackles in each season under Phillips from 2007-10 but only 44 tackles in 2011 under new Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

“You can talk about his age,” Herring said. “He moves around out there better than them 21 year olds right now. So, at the end of the day, he’s revived. He’s got a fresh start. To be honest with you, he didn’t fit well in Dallas’ scheme (last season). There wasn’t a place for him, for whatever reason. I know before that, he led the NFL in inside ‘backers in sacks in this league with eight in our system (in 2008). That’s eight sacks by an IL. He had, I believe, 165 tackles, and that wasn’t but about three or two years ago in this league. So let’s don’t short come, and I don’t mind throwing it on the table, either. We’re pretty pleased with picking Bradie up, because we feel like we gained back what we lost with DeMeco leaving, and then some, to be honest with you.”


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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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Bradie James: “This is the best team in Texas”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 16, 2012 – 3:59 pm

Inside linebacker Bradie James likely ingratiated himself to many a Texans fan on Monday in his opening remarks to the Houston media gathered at Reliant Stadium.

“It feels great to be here,” said James, who signed with Houston on Friday after nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. “Being reunited with Wade (Phillips) is great, and Reggie (Herring). This is a great team. As I’ve been told on Twitter, this is the best team in Texas. The opportunity is here for us to do some great things. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

James also provided an interesting breakdown of the dynamic between Phillips and Herring, who coached him for several seasons in Dallas.

“Reggie Herring, he’s a guy that complements Wade,” James said. “Wade is kind of laidback, but not too laidback. If you want to get Wade riled up, miss an assignment and he’ll get after you. Reggie is the guy that is a spit-on-the-side-of-your-face type of guy. He’s just on you like an old nagging woman, but they complement each other. You can just tell how the [defensive players] rallied around those two last year, and there is talent all over the field out here. Just watching them on film a couple days ago, it was impressive.”


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Reports: Texans signing LB Bradie James

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 12, 2012 – 12:58 pm

The Texans are signing Dallas Cowboys free agent linebacker Bradie James, according to reports from KRIV-TV and the Houston Chronicle. The move is not official, as it has not been announced by the team.

James, 31, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Dallas Cowboys. He played Mike linebacker, Brian Cushing’s position in Houston, in Dallas for Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and linebackers coach Reggie Herring. James had more than 100 tackles in each season under Phillips from 2007-10, and he led all NFL inside linebackers with 8.0 sacks in 2008.

A Monroe, La., native, James started 13 games for the Cowboys last season but had only 44 tackles under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. It was his lowest total since his second NFL season in 2004.

The Texans have not re-signed veteran inside linebacker Tim Dobbins, who helped Darryl Sharpton back up Cushing and DeMeco Ryans in 2011.

UPDATE: From James (@bradiejamesgang) on Twitter on Friday morning: “The wet ink has dried it is official I am a Houston #Texan! #BullsonParade!!” Expect an announcement from the team soon. Either way, it’s nice to see that James already has the nickname of the Texans’ defense down.


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Smith on Herring: “It’s like letting loose the beast”

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 15, 2011 – 5:57 pm

Linebackers coach Reggie Herring is the Texans’ interim defensive coordinator until Wade Phillips returns from a medical leave of absence. Players got their first taste him as a play-caller at Thursday’s practice.

Asked to sum it up, defensive end and team captain Antonio Smith started with one word: “Crazy.”

“Reggie has a lot of fire in him,” Smith said. “He reminds me of me when I get older or Cush (Brian Cushing) when he gets older – just fiery. It’s funny sometimes on the sidelines watching him do some of the things he does, but you know he knows his stuff and he’s serious about it and he’s serious about the defense, just as serious as Wade is. To me, I don’t think there’s going to be any drop-off at all.”

Smith said there’s no switch that Herring turns on and off – ‘”he does it all the time.” Herring himself said yesterday that he won’t change his demeanor whatsoever as defensive coordinator – “I’m 52 years old, been coaching 31 years, and this old horse only knows one way to go down the hill.”

Smith was asked by a reporter if Herring (who is bald) would have his “hair on fire” on the sideline on Sunday.

“Yes,” he said. “It’s like letting loose the beast. You know how sometimes you got in some of those gladiator movies, the tiger or the lion with the chain on ‘em? Wade has just took the chain off. We are all looking forward to seeing what the sideline is going to be when Reggie is in control.”


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Herring well-versed in Phillips’ scheme, DC role

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 14, 2011 – 10:29 am

With Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips set to take a medical leave of absence due to a scheduled surgical procedure later this week, linebackers coach Reggie Herring will call the defense until he returns.

Herring, 52, is well-versed in Phillips’ scheme, having coached linebackers under Phillips for the Dallas Cowboys from 2008-10. He was a defensive coordinator in college for 11 years, with stints at Arkansas (2005-07), North Carolina State (2004), Clemson (1997-2001) and TCU (1992-93). As a player, he was a team captain and three-year starting linebacker for Bobby Bowden at Florida State from 1978-80. He still ranks as one of the all-time leading tacklers in FSU history.

“Reggie’s coached a lot of places,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said back on Feb. 11. “He’s been a coordinator. But really, this one boils down to he’s kind of Wade’s right-hand man. He’s been with Wade in Dallas. He basically can coordinate Wade’s defense for Wade, so that was a very, very important hire. Lot of energy. We need that on our defensive side of the ball.”

If there’s one word to describe Herring, it’s vocal. He’s a proponent of “instructional” yelling at players on the field, and players respond well to it. Connor Barwin, Brooks Reed, Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans have all spoken highly of him this season for his knowledge of the game and the way he constantly pushes players to get better.

To get to a feel for the Texans’ fiery interim DC, read this interview from right after he was hired. Or watch these videos to get a first-hand look at Herring on the chalkboard:

Xs and Os: Herring on LB duties in 3-4
X’s and O’s: Herring on 3-4 switches
X’s and O’s: Herring on 3-4 vs. 3 WR offense

Here’s what Phillips said about Herring in a “Town Hall” conference call with season-ticket holders on Feb. 1:

(on Herring) “He’s an outstanding coach. He’s very dedicated to what he does, like most coaches are. But I think even more so than any of the coaches that I’ve been around. He’s really an outstanding coach. The players love to play for him. He works them hard. But he gets a lot out of them. He adds a lot to what we’re doing, plus, he knows what we’re going because we’ve been doing it for the last three-and-a-half years.”

(on if Herring’s experience as a college defensive coordinator will help) “Sure. I think that certainly helps. Reggie’s an extremely smart guy, and that certainly helps too. But he has a good feel, and has good leadership qualities too and I think that’s important with a coach. You talk about players a lot as far as leadership, but you have to have leaders as coaches, and Reggie is definitely one of those.”


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