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Parsing Kubiak’s day-after presser

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 28, 2011 – 4:42 pm

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

Aside from his update on running back Arian Foster’s hamstring injury, here are the highlights:

  • Kubiak said that inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (elbow) will be back on the field tomorrow. He didn’t travel with the team this weekend. “He had a really good weekend,” Kubiak said. “He worked really hard. We left a big group of guys behind, and he’s ready to get back and start banging sleds and doing all that type of stuff. He’s obviously missed a great deal of time. It’s a concern for us, but we have to do the right thing by him. We’ll have to get him some extra work this week to try to get him ready for opening day, also.”
  • Rookie cornerback Rashad Carmichael, a fourth-round pick from Virginia Tech, also will return this week. Carmichael has missed all of the preseason with a shoulder injury.
  • Outside linebacker Mario Williams had five pressures in about 20 plays against the 49ers, per Kubiak. “He did a good job,” Kubiak said. “He pushed the pocket extremely well… The one big sack that Antonio (Smith) had, Mario was there if Antonio doesn’t get it. We think he continued to step forward and (linebackers coach) Reggie (Herring) and (defensive coordinator) Wade (Phillips) are still very encouraged by the progress he’s made.”
  • Kubiak said that outside linebacker Connor Barwin, who had his first sack of the preseason, “really stood out in the game.” Said Kubiak: “(He) even went over and played a little bit of the Will in the game,” Kubiak said. “We put Brooks in the game at Sam. did that for a series, and they were very effective.”
  • Cornerback Johnathan Joseph played for the entire first half last night in his Texans debut. He had missed the first two games with a groin injury. “He did good,” Kubiak said. “He played man coverage very well, which he’s done that since the day he walked in the door. He’s adjusting to all our zone schemes and stuff, which are a little bit different than what he played in Cincinnati. You could just tell the confidence of the secondary with him being back there.”
  • The play of defensive end Antonio Smith often flies under the radar, but he was a terror last night against San Francisco. Smith finished with a sack and two quarterback hits, including one that led to a Troy Nolan interception, and was constantly powering by 49ers offensive linemen. “He’s become a leader defensively for our football team,” Kubiak said. “The thing about Antonio, Antonio loves to play. He gives you the same energy every day. You get it in the locker room, you get it on the field. He’s very comfortable here right now… He’s had a really good preseason. I think he’s on his way to having a really nice year.”
  • Backup quarterback Matt Leinart was 7-of-10 for 69 yards in the second half against the 49ers. Kubiak said that Leinart “played much better” than he did the week before against New Orleans. “We took a look at some of the things we asked him to do the week before,” Kubiak said. “I’ve got to remember myself that I haven’t had him long… so I have to kind of slow myself down with him and make sure I know what he’s feeling comfortable with. We did that this week. We really locked into the things that he felt good about, and it showed. He played better and he’s got a lot of things going on around him, young receivers, offensive line that’s beat up that can be tough on a quarterback, too. I thought he blocked all that out and did his job last night. He took a step forward.”

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Texans-49ers postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 27, 2011 – 10:55 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Courtesy of the Texans’ PR staff, here are the postgame notes from the Texans’ 30-7 preseason victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Announced attendance was 69,732.

•         The win improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s career preseason record to 13-10 and 6-5 on the road.
•         Houston improved to 3-0 in the 2011 preseason, marking the first time in franchise preseason history the team has been 3-0. Houston also tied a franchise preseason record with three wins. The Texans were 3-1 in the 2006 preseason.
•         The 23-point margin of victory was the largest in Texans preseason history. Houston’s next-largest margin of victory was an 18-0 win against Dallas in the 2004 preseason.
•         Houston scored 24 first-half points for the second-straight week, tying a franchise preseason record. The Texans also scored 24 first-half points against New Orleans on 8/20/11.
•         Houston’s three turnovers against the 49ers gave them seven through three preseason games. The team forced five turnovers the entire 2010 preseason.
•         Houston held San Francisco to 105 yards of total offense, the lowest amount in franchise preseason history. The previous low was 172 yards against Kansas City on 8/12/06.
•         Houston set a 2011 preseason high with 30 points, marking the third-highest preseason point total in team history. The Texans scored 33 points at Arizona (8/18/07) and 31 points against Dallas on 8/16/08.
•         Houston recorded three sacks against the 49ers, bringing its preseason total to 14 to set a franchise preseason record. The previous record was 13, set in the 2002 preseason.
•         Houston recovered its fourth fumble of the preseason on a punt in the fourth quarter, tying the franchise preseason record set in 2003. It also marks the first-time the Texans have recovered a fumble in each of the first three preseason games.
•         Houston outgained San Francisco 417-105 and held a 28-6 first-down advantage. The Texans won the possession battle, holding the ball for 40:36. The Texans held the ball for 13:38 in the fourth quarter.
•         Houston’s 417 yards of total offense tied for the second-most in franchise preseason history. The Texans also had 417 yards of total offense against Tampa Bay on 9/2/10.
•         The Texans have a combined 853 yards of total offense the last two preseason games.
•         The Texans outgained the 49ers 260-50 and held an 18:46-11:14 possession advantage in the first half. Houston has outscored its opponents 61-24 in the first half this preseason.
•         The Texans outgained the 49ers 127-19 and held an 11:15-3:45 possession advantage in the first quarter. Houston has outscored its opponents 24-10 in the first quarter this preseason.
•         OLB Connor Barwin notched his first sack of the preseason, dropping San Francisco QB Alex Smith for a 6-yard loss on third down on the 49ers’ first offensive drive. It was the 12th sack of the preseason for Houston’s defense.
•         TE Owen Daniels caught the first preseason touchdown pass of his 6-year career on 3rd-and-goal in the second quarter, pulling in a 12-yard pass from QB Matt Schaub.
•         Daniels led the Texans with five receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
•         WR Jacoby Jones’ 33-yard punt return in the second quarter was the Texans’ longest return of the preseason and the longest preseason punt return since 2007.
•         Johnathan Joseph started at cornerback, making his Texans preseason debut.
•         SS Troy Nolan’s 73-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter was the longest interception return in Texans preseason history and the first interception returned for a touchdown in Texans preseason history. CB Kareem Jackson held the previous preseason long return mark with a 64-yard interception return against Dallas in 2010.
•         Nolan recorded his second interception of the game in the second quarter and returned the pick 16 yards. Nolan’s first pick game against 49ers backup QB Colin Kaepernick. His second interception was against starter Alex Smith.
•         Nolan’s two picks this preseason are the most by a Texan since 2007 (2, Jamar Fletcher).
•         K Neil Rackers was successful on field goal attempts of 27, 47  and 30 yards and converted all three PATs. For the preseason, Rackers is 7-of-8 on field goals and 8-of-8 on PATs for a team-best 29 points. He also had two touchbacks on kickoffs.
•         QB Matt Schaub’s 1-yard run on fourth down on the team’s first possession of the second quarter marked the Texans’ second fourth-down conversion of the preseason. Houston is 2-for-3 on fourth downs (66.7 percent) this preseason.
•         Schaub connected with Daniels for his first touchdown pass of the preseason on a 12-yard pass play on 3rd-and-goal at the 8:24 mark of the second.
•         Schaub finished the first half 14-of-22 passing for 170 yards with a touchdown and interception for an 83.5 passer rating.
•         DE Antonio Smith posted his second sack of the preseason in the second quarter. Smith’s sack was the 13th of the preseason for the Texans, tying the preseason record set by the 2002 team.
•         RB Ben Tate led the Texans with 52 yards rushing on 11 carries for a 4.7-yard average.
•         RB Derrick Ward’s 1-yard touchdown run at the :33 mark of the first quarter was his first of the preseason. Ward is the fourth Texan to rush for a touchdown this preseason.
•         The captains for tonight’s game were Schaub and WR Andre Johnson.
•         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive.

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Texans win 30-7

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 27, 2011 – 9:13 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — The Texans continued their dominance of the 49ers in the fourth quarter and went on to beat San Francisco 30-7. It’s the largest margin of victory in team preseason history.

The Texans allowed only 105 yards, a new team preseason record, and six first downs. They gained 417 yards and had the ball for 40:24.

Check back with us on HoustonTexans.com for plenty of coverage following the game.

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Third quarter wrap: Texans lead 27-7

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 27, 2011 – 8:25 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — It was an uneventful third quarter here at Candlestick Park. The only scoring came on a 47-yard field goal by Texans kicker Neil Rackers to make it 27-7.

The Texans brought in their second-string offense and defense after their starters played in the first two quarters. Backup quarterback Matt Leinart was an efficient 6-of-8 for 60 yards. Running back Ben Tate had five carries for 16 yards.

The 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, gained 51 yards in the third quarter. That bettered their entire first-half production by one yard.

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Texans-49ers halftime by the numbers

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 27, 2011 – 7:47 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — We’re at halftime of the Texans’ preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers will receive to start the third quarter. Here’s a look at halftime by the numbers:

24-7: The score, in favor of the Texans
260-50: Total yards, in favor of the Texans
168-19: Passing yards, in favor of the Texans
92-31: Rushing yards, in favor of the Texans
18:41-11:14: Time of possession, in favor of the Texans
8: Carries for Texans RB Arian Foster before he left with a hamstring injury
6: Carries for Texans backup RB Derrick Ward, including a one-yard TD
3: Carries for Texans RB Ben Tate
2: Drive-ending sacks by the Texans’ defense
2: Interceptions by Texans S Troy Nolan
15: Longest play (yards) of the first half by the 49ers
23: Longest drive (yards) of the first half by the 49ers
85.2: Passer rating for Texans QB Matt Schaub
1: Receiving TD by TE Owen Daniels
Receiving yards for both Daniels and Texans WR Andre Johnson

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Texans trail 49ers 7-3 five minutes in

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 27, 2011 – 6:21 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — With 9:29 left in the first quarter, the Texans trail the 49ers 7-3 here at Candlestick Park.

The Texans won the coin toss and elected to receive. Things didn’t start out well for the first-team offense in its final tune-up before the regular season. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Matt Schaub threw a pick-six to 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who ran in for an easy 13-yard touchdown. Schaub was looking for running back Arian Foster on the play.

Schaub and company got on the right track on their next drive. Schaub was 3-of-5 for 50 yards, including a 30-yard pass to Andre Johnson, as the Texans marched 71 yards in 11 plays for a 27-yard Neil Rackers field goal.

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Non-dressers, lineup changes for tonight’s game

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 27, 2011 – 4:39 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Here are the inactives and lineup changes for tonight’s Texans-49ers preseason game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco:


Players not dressing for tonight’s game are:

16 WR Trindon Holliday
17 WR Paul Williams
18 WR Lestar Jean
20 RB Steve Slaton
36 CB Roc Carmichael
46 LS Jon Weeks
54 ILB Mister Alexander
57 ILB Cheta Ozougwu
59 ILB DeMeco Ryans
62 G Antoine Caldwell
64 G Kasey Studdard
71 G Shelley Smith
78 T Rashad Butler
92 NT Earl Mitchell

Starting lineup changes for the Texans are:

51 Darryl Sharpton will start at ILB for DeMeco Ryans


Players not dressing for tonight’s game are:

30 S Reggie Smith
36 CB Shawntae Spencer

Starting lineup changes for the 49ers are:

35 Tarell Brown will start at CB for Shawntae Spencer

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Ex-49er Pollack reflects on return to Candlestick

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 25, 2011 – 4:50 pm

Texans assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack played for the San Francisco 49ers for seven of his nine NFL seasons, first from 1990-91 and then from 1994-98. This will be his first trip back to Candlestick Park since he retired in 1998 and got into coaching seven years later.

“It’ll be fun to go back to Candlestick Park,” Pollack said on Thursday. “Lot of good memories. It’ll be a little weird being on the opposite sideline. I actually went back there (as a player) when I was with the Broncos in a preseason game, but that was the only time, so it’s still going to be awkward. Being in the (coaches’) box, it’s going to be weird. It’ll be fun, too. It was a fun, unique place and time to be there, so nothing but good memories.”

An offensive lineman, Pollack played in 90 games with six starts, all with the 49ers. He was part of three 49ers teams that advanced to the NFC Championship Game, including the 1994 team that won Super Bowl XXIX. Pollack played in San Francisco with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott, Ken Norton, Jr., Gary Plummer, Rickey Jackson and Deion Sanders.

“It’s been a while now,” Pollack said. “It’s not like I had this illustrious career there as a player. I’ve got a lot a good memories, though. I remember my rookie year, playing at night against the Giants on a Monday night game. I want to say we were undefeated – we were like 11-0 or 10-0 – and I think the Giants maybe only had one loss or something. But we won the game; it was like a 7-3 final. It had that haze of fog, kind of, in the air.

“That place had a different atmosphere at night time. It was a neat place to be for Monday night games or Sunday night games. That really sticks out in my mind. Just a different place, different time. We had a lot of successes.”

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Watch the Texans online

Posted by drewdougherty on August 24, 2011 – 2:30 pm

If you’re unable to catch the Texans’ final two preseason games (Saturday at San Francisco, Sept. 1 at Minnesota) on television, you can still catch them online.

This link courtesy of NFL.com has your viewing needs covered for $9.99.

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Intel briefing: 49ers

Posted by drewdougherty on August 24, 2011 – 8:53 am

With a little more than three days remaining until the Texans play the 49ers in San Francisco, it’s time to snag a few links pertaining to the opponent.

-The 49ers rookie class of 2011 is profiled by the esteemed Taylor Price. Their first-rounder Aldon Smith was a guy the Texans were linked to in pre-draft conversations by the media.

-San Francisco’s second set of corners played well against the Raiders, in this video by Scott Kegley.

-Speaking of the secondary, the 49ers traded second-year safety Taylor Mays to the Bengals yesterday for an undisclosed draft pick. Also, seventh-year corner Shawntae Spencer is struggling with a hamstring injury.

-Alex Smith is the projected starter at quarterback this season, but former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick has impressed in the preseason.

-Running back Kendall Hunter is third on the depth chart behind Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon, but he still cranked out 105 yards last weekend against the Raiders.

-Konrad Reuland is nicknamed “Novacek” after the Dallas Cowboys’ great.

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