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Off the Turf with Scurf: Chris Myers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 4, 2013 – 6:02 pm

Chris MyersEpisode 18 of “Off the Turf with Scurf,” my semi-weekly podcast here on HoustonTexans.com, features Texans center Chris Myers.

Myers, an eighth-year veteran, has started all 80 games since joining the Texans in a trade from the Denver Broncos in 2008. The two-time team captain was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl this season. In the podcast, he discusses the Texans are looking forward to the playoffs despite their 1-3 finish to the season; the perspective he gained from playing on a 13-3 Denver Broncos team that lost in the AFC Championship Game as a rookie in 2005; how the Texans dubbed this Monday “Swagga Back Monday”; the team’s renewed energy level and focus in practice this week; the playoff atmosphere at Reliant Stadium for the Wild Card game vs. Cincinnati last year; his teammates Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt; defensive tackle Geno Atkins and the rest of the Bengals’ defense; the recent criticism befalling Texans quarterback Matt Schaub; the Texans’ offensive line rotations at right guard and right tackle; being named to the Pro Bowl last week along with Texans left guard Wade Smith and left tackle Duane Brown; and his wife, Jenny, and their two daughters, Makenna, 3, and Caylin, 1..

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OTWS archive
Episode 1 (6/2): J.J. Watt, Wade Phillips
Episode 2 (6/9): Duane Brown, Paul Kuharsky
Episode 3 (6/18): Whitney Mercilus, Keith Gilmore
Episode 4 (6/23): Case Keenum, Jerrry Rhome
Episode 5 (6/30): Matt Schaub, Geoff Kaplan
Episode 6 (7/24): James Casey
Episode 7 (8/4): Connor Barwin, Marc Vandermeer
Episode 8 (8/10): Justin Forsett, Chick Harris
Episode 9 (8/17): Bradie James
Episode 10 (9/8): Andre Johnson
Episode 11 (9/15): T.J. Yates
Episode 12 (9/22): Derek Newton
Episode 13 (9/29): Antonio Smith (Video: Smith on start of career)
Episode 14 (10/20): Bryan Braman (Video: Braman on special teams)
Episode 15 (11/3): Owen Daniels (Video: Daniels on TD celebration)
Episode 16 (11/10): Danieal Manning
Episode 17 (12/10): Darryl Sharpton
Episode 18 (1/4/13): Chris Myers

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Texans-Patriots inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 10, 2012 – 6:21 pm

FOXBORO — Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 14 game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
22 CB Alan Ball
58 OLB Brooks Reed
62 G Antoine Caldwell
67 G Cody White
75 T Derek Newton
88 TE Garrett Graham
97 NT Terrell McClain

Texans starting lineup changes
Ryan Harris will start at right tackle for Derek Newton. Whitney Mercilus will start at outside linebacker for Brooks Reed.

Patriots inactives
28 S Steve Gregory
46 RB James Develin
65 OL Nick McDonald
66 OL Markus Zusevics
87 TE Rob Gronkowski
92 DE Jake Bequette
97 DL Ron Brace

Patriots starting lineup changes
Aaron Hernandez will start at tight end for Rob Gronkowski.

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Texans-Titans inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 2, 2012 – 10:39 am

NASHVILLE — Here are inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
22 CB Alan Ball
24 CB Johnathan Joseph
53 ILB Bradie James
58 OLB Brooks Reed
62 G Antoine Caldwell
75 T Derek Newton
67 G Cody White

Texans starting lineup changes
Ryan Harris will start at right tackle for Derek Newton. Barrett Ruud will start at inside linebacker for Bradie James. Whitney Mercilus will start at outside linebacker for Brooks Reed.Brice McCain will start at cornerback for Johnathan Joseph. 

Titans inactives
11 QB Rusty Smith
23 RB Jamie Harper
29 CB Ryan Mouton
52 LB Colin McCarthy
68 T Byron Stingily
87 TE Lavelle Hawkins
96 DT DaJohn Harris

Titans starting lineup changes
Tim Shaw will start at middle linebacker for Colin McCarthy.

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Texans-Broncos connections

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 21, 2012 – 3:49 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here are the connections (of which there are many) between the Texans and their Week 3 opponent, the Denver Broncos:

OLB Jesse Nading (Highlands Ranch; Colorado State); Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison (Rocky Mountain H.S. in Fort Collins; CSU); OL Coach John Benton (Durango/Colorado State); Offensive Assistant Dan Hammerschmidt (played at CSU from 1982-85 and coached there in 1986, 1997-2006 and 2010-11); DB Coach Vance Joseph (played at Colorado from 1990-94 and coached there 1999-01 and 2002-03); Assistant WR Coach Marc Lubick (coached at CSU from 2000-02 and 2005-09).

G/C Philip Blake (Baylor); LB Von Miller (DeSoto, Texas A&M); G Manny Ramirez (Houston, Texas Tech); C J.D. Walton (Baylor); Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio (played for Dallas Cowboys 1989-91); Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers (Westlake H.S.; North Texas); TE Coach Clancy Barone (coached at Texas State, University of Houston and Texas A&M); Secondary Coach Ron Milus (coached at Texas A&M); DL Coach Jay Rodgers (Austin); WR Coach Tyke Tolbert (Conroe).

C Chris Myers (2005-07); T Ryan Harris (2007-11); Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Broncos from 1996-99 before working in the personnel department from 2000-06; Head Coach Gary Kubiak (played for the Broncos, from 1983-91 and coached there from 1995-2005); Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison (played there from 1982-90 and coached there from 1995-09); Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips (head coach from 1989-1994); QB Coach Karl Dorrell (coached there 2000-02); WR Coach Larry Kirksey (coached there in 2004); TE Coach Brian Pariani (coached there from 1995-04); Assistant OL Coach Jim Ryan (played there from 1979-88 and coached there from 2004-08); Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Cedric Smith worked there from 2001-06; Director of Football Operations Doug West was the head equipment manager for the Broncos from 1993-2003.

TE Joel Dreessen (2007-11); NT Mitch Unrein went to training camp with the Texans in 2010; LB Coach Richard Smith (was Texans defensive coordinator from 2006-08).

Texans RB Arian Foster (2004-08) played at Tennessee with Broncos DE Robert Ayers (2004-08) and P Britton Colquitt (2004-08); Texans CB Brice McCain (2005-2008) played for Utah with Broncos G Zane Beadles (2005-09); Texans ILB Mister Alexander (2006-10) played for Florida State with Broncos CB Tony Carter (2004-08); Texans OLB Jesse Nading (2004-07) played for Colorado State with Broncos TE Joel Dreessen (2001-04) and QB Caleb Hanie (2004-07); Texans CB Brandon Harris (2008-10) played for Miami with Broncos T Orlando Franklin (2007-10); Texans NT Earl Mitchell (2006-09) and OLB Brooks Reed (2007-10) played at Arizona with Broncos FB Chris Gronkowski (2007-09); Texans TE Owen Daniels (2002-05) played for Wisconsin with Broncos S Jim Leonhard (2001-04); Texans WR Andre Johnson (1999-02) played for Miami with Broncos RB Willis McGahee (2000-02); Texans C Ben Jones (2008-11) played for Georgia with Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (2006-08); Texans G Andrew Gardner (2005-08) played for Georgia Tech with Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (2006-08); Texans LS Jon Weeks (2004-06) played for Baylor with Broncos C J.D. Walton (2006-09); Broncos WR Matthew Willis (2005) played at UCLA when Texans QB Coach Karl Dorrell (2003-07) coached there; Texans ILB Bradie James (1999-02) and P Donnie Jones (2000-2003) played at LSU when Denver QB Coach Adam Gase (2000-02) coached there; Dorrell (1992-93) coached at Colorado State with Broncos OL Coach Dave Magazu (1992-94); Dreessen (2001-04) played for Colorado State when Texans OL Coach John Benton (1995-03) coached there; Broncos DT Mitch Unrein (2005-09) played at Wyoming when Texans Offensive Assistant Dan Hammerschmidt (2009) coached there; Hanie (2004-07) played at Colorado State when Hammerschmidt (2001-07) and Texans Assistant WR Coach Marc Lubick (2005-07) coached there; Broncos DT Justin Bannan (1997-01) played at Colorado when Texans DB Coach Vance Joseph (1999-01) coached there; Texans Assistant LB Coach Bobby King (2006-07) coached at Baylor when Walton (2006-09) played there.

Texans RB Justin Forsett (2008) played for Indianapolis with Broncos RB Lance Ball (2008), TE Jacob Tamme (2008-11), and QB Peyton Manning (1998-2011); Texans P Donnie Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis with Broncos DT Justin Bannan (2011); Texans QB John Beck (2009) played for Baltimore with Bannan (2006-09); Texans CB Alan Ball (2007-11) and ILB Bradie James (2003-11) played for Dallas with Broncos LB Keith Brooking (2009-11); Texans QB Matt Schaub (2004- 06) played for Atlanta with Brooking (1998-08); Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (2006-10), K Shayne Graham (2003-09), and T Andrew Gardner (2011) played for Cincinnati with Broncos WR Andre Caldwell (2008-11); Graham (2010) played for New England with Broncos CB Tony Carter (2010) and C Dan Koppen (2003-11); Ball (2007-11) and James (2003-11) played for Dallas with Broncos FB Chris Gronkowski (2010); Texans FS Danieal Manning (2006-10) played for Chicago with Broncos QB Caleb Hanie (2008-11); Texans FS Quintin Demps (2008-09) played for Philadelphia with Broncos LB Joe Mays (2008-09); Beck (2009) and Gardner (2010) played for Baltimore with Broncos RB Willis McGahee (2007-10); Texans NT Shaun Cody (2005-08) played for Detroit with Broncos G Manny Ramirez (2007-10); Forsett (2008-11) played for Seattle with Broncos WR Brandon Stokley (2010); Jones (2005-06) played for Miami with Broncos DT Kevin Vickerson (2006); Graham (2002) played for Carolina when Broncos Head Coach John Fox (2002-10), Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio (2002) and Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy (2000-08) coached there; Texans WR Coach Larry Kirksey (2003) coached at Jacksonville with Del Rio (2003-11); Texans ILB Tim Dobbins (2008-09) played for San Diego when Broncos Barone (2007-08) coached there; Schaub (2004-06) played for Atlanta when Barone (2004-06) coached there; Jones (2007-11) played for St. Louis when Milus (2006-08) coached there; Jones (2005-06) and LG Wade Smith (2003-05) played for Miami when Richard Smith (2005) coached there.

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Game notes: Texans 30, Dolphins 10

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 9, 2012 – 7:14 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here are game notes from Houston’s 30-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 at Reliant Stadium:

·         Was the Texans’ third consecutive victory on Kickoff Weekend. Houston improved to 6-5 on opening day and 5-3 at home on Kickoff Weekend.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Miami to 7-0 overall and 4-0 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Improved Houston’s record against AFC East opponents to 10-10 all-time.

·         Improved his career regular-season record to 48-49 overall.

·         Won his 30th game at Reliant Stadium, improving to 30-19 at home.

·         Unsuccessfully challenged a call on Houston’s first possession, arguing that WR Lestar Jean was in bounds on a catch in the end zone. Jean was ruled out of bounds by the officials on the field. His career record fell to 5-17 on challenges.

·         The Texans have scored 30 or more points 25 times in franchise history, 22 of which have come under Kubiak (2006-12).

·         Did not allow Miami to score an offensive touchdown in the game.

·         Held an opponent to 10 or fewer points for the 25th time in team history and the sixth time in two seasons under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

·         Intercepted three passes in the first half, tying a franchise record for the most interceptions in one half. The last time Houston had three interceptions in a half was in the second half at Tampa Bay last season (11/13/11).

·         Forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions to end the first half.  It was the second time in team history that the Texans forced turnovers on four straight possessions. The previous time was 10/3/04 vs. Oakland.

·         Forced turnovers on three consecutive plays in the second quarter. Following ILB Brian Cushing’s interception, CB Kareem Jackson intercepted a pass on first-and-10 on Miami’s next drive, and SS Danieal Manning recovered a fumble on the first play of Miami’s subsequent possession.

·         Tied the team record for the most takeaways in one half with four in the first half. The last time Houston forced four turnovers in a half was in the second half at Tampa Bay on11/13/11.

·         Held Miami’s offense to -5 yards in the third quarter. The previous low was 1 yard by Tampa Bay in the third quarter on 11/13/11.

·         Stopped Miami on fourth down on three consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. Houston’s opponents were 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) on fourth-down attempts in 2011.

·         Held Miami to 2-of-10 (20 percent) on third down attempts in the game. Houston’s opponents converted 35.8 percent of third-down tries in 2011.

·         Have scored 30 or more points in each of their last three season openers. They scored 34 vs. Indianapolis in 2010 and again in 2011.

·         Scored 24 points off of four takeaways, their first such points this season. In 2011, the team scored 119 points off of 27 turnovers.

·         Scored 24 second-quarter points, which tied for the most in that period in team history. Houston also scored 24 points vs. Arizona on 12/8/05. Tied for second-most points in a quarter in franchise history.

·         Had four red-zone possessions in the first half and scored three touchdowns. Overall, Houston was 3-of-6 on its red zone possessions in the game. The Texans scored touchdowns on 28-of-60 red zone possessions (46.7 percent) in 2011.

·         Won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 34:44. Houston was 9-3 when winning time of possession in 2011 and are now 39-18 under Kubiak when holding the ball more than their opponent.

·         Ran the ball 35 times in the game. Under Kubiak, Houston is now 33-5 when running the ball 30 or more times.

·         Outrushed the Dolphins, 83-79. Houston improved to 1-0 on the season when outrushing its opposition and 38-15 under Kubiak.

·         Held a plus-4 turnover ratio in the game (4 takeaways, 0 turnovers) and improved to 28-7 under Kubiak in games with a positive turnover margin.

·         Did not have any rookies start in the season opener for the first time in franchise history.

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

·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the seventh of his career when he hauled in a deflected pass in the second quarter. Cushing returned the interception for 1 yard.

·         Also led the team with seven tackles, including six solo stops. It was the

·         Made his 300th career reception with his first catch of the afternoon, a 23-yard gain on the Texans’ opening drive. Daniels finished the game with 87 yards on four catches.

·         Picked up a first down on all four of his receptions.

·         Scored his 30th career rushing touchdown and his first of the season on a 14-yard gain late in the second quarter.

·         Became the second Texans position player, along with WR Andre Johnson, to score more than 300 points when he scored his first touchdown of the game. The score gave him 305 career points.

·         Scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. It was his seventh career multi-touchdown performance. He finished with a game-high 79 rushing yards on 26 attempts, including his two touchdowns.

·         Saw a 52-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter fall short. Graham is now 9-19 from beyond 50 yards in his career. The kick was his 250th career field goal attempt.

·         Connected on a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter for his first points as a Texan.

·         Made a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter to push the Texans’ lead to 27-10. In his career, Graham is 57-of-71 (80.3 percent) on attempts between 40 and 49 yards.

·         Closed the scoring with a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was only the fifth attempt of his career from less than 20 yards, and he is perfect on those kicks.

·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked off a deflected pass in the second quarter. He returned the interception 3 yards.

·         Tied a career high with two passes defensed in the game. The last time he had two passes defensed was 11/6/11 vs. Cleveland.

·         Sacked Miami QB Ryan Tannehill for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter. It was his first sack of the game and the fourth of his career.

·         Made his first career reception with a 9-yard gain on third-and-4 to keep the Texans’ opening drive alive.

·         Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 83 with an 11-yard catch on Houston’s opening drive of the game.

·         Caught his 500th pass under Head Coach Gary Kubiak with a 24-yard gain in the second quarter, his second catch of the day. Johnson has averaged 89.3 receiving yards and 6.49 receptions per game under Kubiak, both of which would be the highest in NFL history by a wide margin if viewed on their own.

·         Caught his 53rd career touchdown pass on a 14-yard scoring strike just before halftime.

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards on the day with a 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter. The catch gave Johnson 119 yards on the day. It was Johnson’s 39th career 100-yard game.

·         Became the first player in Texans history to play 10 seasons with the team when he took the field to start the game.

·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the 19th of his career when he picked off Miami QB Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter. Joseph returned the interception 36 yards. It was Joseph’s first interception in regular-season play at Reliant Stadium.

·         Recovered his first fumble of the season and the fifth of his career in the second quarter.

·         Forced his first fumble of the season when he knocked the ball out of Miami RB Daniel Thomas’ hands in the second quarter.

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 33-32.

·         Threw his first touchdown pass of the season and the 99th of his career when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 14-yard score just before halftime.

·         Completed 20-of-31 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 102.4. The Texans are 22-6 when Schaub has a passer rating of 100 or better.

·         Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack Miami QB Ryan Tannehill for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter. The half-sack gave Smith 30.0 for his career and 15.5 as a Texan.

·         Picked up his, and the team’s, first sack of the season when he fell on Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill after Tannehill was tripped by one of his linemen in the second quarter. The sack gave Watt 6.5 career sacks.

·         Deflected three passes, all in the first half, two of which resulted in interceptions.

·         Teamed with DE Antonio Smith to sack Tannehill for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter. It gave Watt second career multi-sack game in regular-season play. He had 2.0 sacks at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.  Additionally, Watt had 2.5 sacks in the AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore on 1/15/12.

·         Four rookies made their NFL debuts in the game: DE Jared Crick, C Ben Jones, WR Keshawn Martin and OLB Whitney Mercilus. Second-year WR Lestar Jean also made his professional debut after spending his rookie season on Injured Reserve. Veteran free agents CB Alan Ball, FB Tyler Clutts, RB Justin Forsett, K Shayne Graham, T Ryan Harris, ILB Bradie James and P Donnie Jones all made their Texans debuts.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included QB John Beck, OLB Bryan Braman, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR DeVier Posey.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Dolphins won the toss and elected to receive.

·         Total paid attendance was 71,566, which is the second-largest crowd in Texans history. The team record is 71,585 on 10/2/11 vs. Pittsburgh. Houston has sold out all 104 home games, including preseason, regular-season and postseason, in franchise history.

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