Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Dunta's Inferno

Who would of thought rookie corner back Dunta Robinson was going to be this good. He definitely contributed to Houston's defense, which hasn't allowed a touchdown for seven straight quarters.

The Texans play their best football when the defense takes it chances. So why doesn't Defensive coordinator Fangio blitz more?

Robinson has been a big part of the blitz package. It helps that he is the fastest player on defense. His angles are not that shabby either. Robinson was also the only player to sack Colts QB Peyton Manning twice in the same game this season. Of course until Steve Foley sacked Manning three time the following week.

As a rookie Dunta is second on the Texans in tackles with 81 tackles. Dunta also has 3 sacks, yet always a constant pressure. Along side his sacks Dunta all so has 6 interception and 3 forced fumbles.

This kid is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Texans march at Soldier Field

By Katie Lewis,
The Texans received a not-so-warm welcome today at Soldier Field with temperatures swirling around 12 degrees and an even lower wind chill factor of minus-11. It marked the coldest game the Texans have ever played. The temperature even set a mark in the Bears history books as the third-lowest temperature ever when Chicago has played host.

In front of 62,122 bundled up Bears fans, the Texans defensive unit had a banner day, preventing the Bears from scoring an offensive touchdown. It marked the third time in Texans history the defense held the opposing team out of the end zone. Houston's defense allowed the lowest point total scored in club annals in the 24-5 win.

"Any time you come to Chicago and play in the month of December you know it's going to be a tough, physical game," head coach Dom Capers said. "I really like the attitude, effort, determination of our football team. We thought it may be a hard-fought, close, low-scoring game.

"I thought our defense did a tremendous job of hanging in there and continuing to go out and make plays at times that we struggled on the offensive side of things."

The defense also set records for fewest total yards allowed (203), fewest rushing yards (54) and tied with fewest first downs give up (11).

The cold and windy conditions made for a slow and disjointed start. But the Texans got warmed up when Corey Bradford and Domanick Davis delivered with touchdowns to give the team an edge. Charlie Anderson's 60-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter put things out of reach for Chicago and sealed Houston's 24-5 victory.

Carr finished the day completing 13 of 28 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown. Gaffney recorded his first NFL 100-yard receiveing day after catching four balls for 109 yards.

Cornerback Dunta Robinson paced the defense with seven tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble.

"We just gave it a total team effort," Robinson said. "When the offense wasn't moving the ball to well we went in there and made plays on defense and put them in position to score points and that's what they did."

Frigid temperatures didn't seem to slow Chicago running back Thomas Jones who carried eight times for 32 yards on Chicago's opening drive. But on 3rd and 3 from the Houston 20, quarterback Chad Hutchinson's exchange with Jones was bobbled and the ball fell loose. Texans linebacker Jason Babin scooped up the ball and added another 15 yards to give Houston's offense a shot at scoring. It was Babin's first career fumble recovery.

Davis led the Texans first drive, picking up nine yards on two carries. He hurdled a group of Bears defenders and rambled for another 23 yards. But three plays later, Davis' four-yard run came up a yard short of moving the chains and Kris Brown was called in to kick a 42-yard field goal.

Brown's kick sailed wide right and the score remained at zero as the Bears took over at their own 33. But Chicago's offensive unit was only able to generate seven yards on the drive sending in the punt unit.

The Texans offense didn't look much different. After three tries at a first down, Chad Stanley was called in to punt. The cold conditions didn't work in Stanley's favor though. The stiff ball only sailed 23 yards putting the Bears in good position at their own 48.

Chicago wasn't able to captitalize on the good drive start. Paul Edinger came in to kick a 53-yard field goal but he faked the kick and looked for defensive end Israel Idonije to pick up a first down. Edinger's pass was tipped by Texans linebacker Kailee Wong and cornerback Aaron Glenn nabbed the ball, picking off his 35th career interception.

But Houston was forced to punt on 3rd and 14 and Chicago took another crack at crossing the goal line.

Hutchinson found Desmond Clark for a 14-yard gain to get the ball rolling. On the next play, Babin and safety Glenn Earl blew up Bears running back Bernard Berrian for a 10-yard loss after he took the ball from Thomas on a reverse. A false start penalty on 4th and 1 pushed the Bears back and Edinger was called in to attempt another field goal. But his 39-yard attempt dropped in front of the crossbar to keep the score at zero.

The Texans offense was able to get anything started on the ensuing drive. Running back Jonathan Wells and Carr ran for three yards each. On 3rd and 4 Jabar Gaffney stretched up and reeled in an 11-yarder from Carr to move the chains. But three plays later, Houston wasn't able to convert on 3rd and 13 and Stanley punted for the third time.

Houston's defense held the Bears from scoring and the Texans offense began their two-minute drill as the second quarter wound down. Carr hit receiver Andre Johnson on 3rd and 10 with a 26-yard strike and on the next shot sailed a beauty right over Bradford's shoulder for a 37-yard touchdown. Bradford's 20th career score gave Houston a 7-0 lead with 34 seconds remaining in the first half.

Hutchinson looked for Clark on the first snap of the Bears ensuing drive, but his pass was picked off by Robinson at the Houston 25. Robinson returned the theft 40 yards to the Chicago 35 with nine seconds remaining. The Texans had time to take two shots at the end zone but weren't able to get any more points as the half came to a close.

The Bears and Texans punted three times to start off the third quarter. Carr found Gaffney for a 12-yard connection with just under five minutes remaining in the quarter, but the Texans didn't advance any further. Carr threw incomplete to tight end Mark Bruener and was penalized four yards for delay of game on the next snap, placing the ball at the Houston 5.

The Bears defense brought pressure on 2nd and 19 and Carr was forced to throw out of bounds from the end zone. The play was ruled intentional grounding to give the Bears a safety and two points. Chicago now trailed 7-2.

The Texans kicked off, putting the ball back into Chicago's possession but the Bears punted shortly after. Houston took over and was pinned deep in its own territory as the Bears threatened Carr in the end zone again. Chicago's defense held strong and Stanley punted short, placing the Bears offense at the Houston 33.

Four plays later the Bears put Edinger in field goal range where he split the uprights from 43 yards out to put the score at 7-5 still in favor of the Texans.

But Houston answered swiftly. On 3rd and 7 Carr delivered a laser to Gaffney from the Houston 24. Gaffney followed with a 69-yard gain to surpass the 100-yard mark for the day. From the Chicago 7, Davis lost one yard on the next run but gained it back when Carr hit him on a five-yarder to the Bears 3. The Texans weren't able to cross the goal line but Brown hit his 20-yard field goal to seal the 76-yard scoring drive while extending Houston's lead 10-5.

The Bears took over but Hutchinson's efforts weren't accurate. He missed Jones on the first pass of the drive and his second to Berrian also fell incomplete. Texans defensive end Robaire Smith brought heat on the next snap, pushing Hutchinson back 13 yards on the sack. A five-yard face mask penalty on Smith was called on the play, putting Chicago right back at the line of scrimmage. But the Bears weren't able to push forward any further and Brad Maynard punted.

The Texans were then able to burn 5:38 off of the game clock en route to a 13-play, 56-yard scoring drive. Carr got the ball rolling when he found Gaffney for a seven-yard strike. Davis chipped in runs of five and three yards on the drive before rambling 11 yards into the end zone to extend Houston's lead 17-5.

The Bears took over with under five minutes remaining. Chicago's offense advanced 10 yards to the Houston 48 before Robinson caused his second disruption of the day. Robinson beat his guy around the edge and took Hutchinson down for a seven-yard sack and forced fumble. Texans linebacker Charlie Anderson scooped up the ball and sprinted 60 yards into the end zone for his first career fumble recovery and touchdown to extend the scoring gap 24-5 in favor of Houston.

Houston's defense held the Bears from scoring on their final effort and the Texans offense ran the clock down to seal the team's sixth win of the season.

"We came in here at the half with a lead and we just wanted to go out and finish the game," Gaffney said. "Everybody was saying that we couldn't finish a game and put two halves together and we went out there and did that today."

Monday, December 13, 2004

Colts Hang on to Beat Texans

By Carter Toole,
Today's game against the Colts at Reliant Stadium couldn't have started any worse for the Texans.

Houston's first two offensive possessions resulted in an interception and a three-and-out. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took swift advantage, throwing two touchdowns to stake Indianapolis to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The Colts looked well on their way to another lopsided win and Manning looked poised to break the league's single-season record for touchdown passes.

But the Texans (and their crowd) didn't fold. Houston's defense stiffened and the offense slowly got its sea legs. The Texans ran the ball effectively and kept Indianapolis kicking field goals instead of extra points.

In the end, however, that early deficit was too much to overcome. The Colts defeated Houston 23-14 Sunday before a sun-splashed crowd of 70,762. Indianpolis clinches its second consecutive division title, improving to 10-3 with its sixth consecutive win. The Texans dropped to 5-8 and have lost five of their last six games.

Running back Domanick Davis rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown, helping Houston churn out 148 yards on the ground. But the Texans couldn't force a turnover and committed two of their own. Houston also allowed quarterback David Carr to be sacked five times and committed five false starts.

"We were our own worst enemy," Carr said.

Indeed. After struggling at the outset, the Texans clawed back with a chance to take the lead, only to watch the Colts make the plays that they could not.

"You just can't have plays against a team like Indianapolis," head coach Dom Capers said. "Every game you're only going to get so many opportunities and they converted more today than we did."

Despite not finding the end zone after the first quarter, the Colts still gained 382 total yards and ended three second-half drives with field goals, consuming 16:39 of clock time in the second stanza. The Texans, while controlling the tempo with Davis, still managed just 273 total yards and didn't have an offensive play of more than 20 yards.

The result was a frustrated locker room.

"It’s frustrating," center Steve McKinney said. "You have a team like that on the ropes with a chance to beat them and you don’t quite get it done. It happens to good teams. We hurt ourselves early in the first quarter and put them in a position to score points. We just weren’t able to overcome that."

The Texans opened with the ball and did exactly what you can't do against the Colts' high-powered offense -- turn it over. Colts cornerback Jason David picked off Carr on Houston's third snap, giving Indianapolis the ball at the Texans 37.

From there, the Colts fed running back Edgerrin James, who moved the ball to the three-yard line on three carries and a 12-yard reception. Manning then hit wide receiver Marvin Harrison for a three-yard touchdown, giving him 45 touchdown passes on the season. Indianapolis led 7-0.

Houston's second possession didn't fare much better. A false start on guard Zach Wiegert pushed the ball back five yards. After Davis scampered for eight yards, Carr was sacked by Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, losing 10 yards. The Texans punted.

Manning went back to work, hitting tight end Marcus Pollard for 18 yards to move the ball into Texans territory. Six plays later, Manning fired a 12-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The Colts had a two-touchdown lead.

Davis got untracked a bit on the next possession, rushing for 21 yards on two carries to get the ball past midfield. But another false start and another sack pushed the Texans into a 3rd and 26 that they couldn't convert.

Houston's defense responded at the outset of the second quarter. Cornerback Dunta Robinson sacked Manning for 10 yards to push the ball back to the Colts 10, eventually forcing a three-and-out. The Texans got the ball in terrific field position at the Colts 42.

Carr hit Davis for 16 yards before three Davis runs moved the ball to the Colts 10. On 3rd and goal from the three-yard line, Carr found running back Jonathan Wells out of the backfield for a touchdown that cut the Colts' lead to 14-7.

Manning marched the Colts down to the Texans 27 before Robinson again made his presence felt. He blitzed from the right side and nailed Manning, forcing a fumble...or perhaps an incompletion. Referee Ed Hochuli ruled Manning's throwing arm was going forward. Capers challenged and was ruled correct -- but since the whistle blew there was no actual fumble recovery.

Nevertheless, the play pushed the Colts back six yards and Manning threw incomplete on the next play. Indianapolis was forced to punt and the Texans got the ball at their own 20 with 3:08 left in the half.

"Obviously we didn’t play well enough to win the game, but Peyton didn’t do what they what they thought he was going to do against us," Robinson said. "We just played hard and physical."

The Texans kept feeding Davis and it worked. Two runs netted 25 yards before Carr found Davis on a screen pass for 16 yards to the Colts 44. But on 3rd and 11 from the Colts 32, Carr fumbled the shotgun snap from McKinney. Colts defensive end Raheem Brock recovered at the 39-yard line with 37 seconds left.

Indianapolis got the ball to start the second half. After finding Pollard for a first down to the Colts 47, Manning lofted a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon Stokley. But the Texans held, forcing a 30-yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt that pushed the Colts' lead to 17-7.

But the Texans went right back to work. Davis gained a first down to push him ove the 100-yard rushing mark before Carr found wide receiver Corey Bradford for 19 yards to the Colts 43. Carr then found Bradford again for eight yards to convert a 3rd and 5.

Carr's 12-yard completion to tight end Billy Miller got the Texans into the red zone and Davis took it from there, gliding 12 yards to the end zone to cut the lead to 17-14. It was Davis' 10th touchdown of the season, his eighth in the past six games.

It was the defense's turn to respond and it did, allowing one first down before stopping the Colts at the Texans 44. Houston took over at its own 11.

On 3rd and 5 from the 16-yard line, Carr hit wide receiver Andre Johnson on a crossing route for 12 yards to give the Texans some breathing room. Then came a 3rd and 10, which Carr promptly converted with a 13-yard pass to Johnson. But Freeney killed another drive with a nine-yard sack of Carr. The Texans punted and Indianapolis took over at its own 11.

Manning then began to peck away. First it was a 15-yarder to Stokley to convert a third down. Then Manning lofted a 26-yarder to Wayne, putting the ball at the Texans 41. On 3rd and 1 from the Texans 24, James was stopped by linebacker Jason Babin. The Colts settled for a 43-yard field goal by Vanderjagt and a six-point lead.

Houston had a legitimate shot to make things interesting with a 3 and 2 from its own 44. But Carr was sacked by Colts defensive end Robert Mathis for a four-yard loss. Indianapolis got the ball back and Manning converted a crucial 3rd and 10 with a 14-yard pass to Wayne. The Colts eventually reached Vanderjagt's range and his 44-yard field goal with 1:56 left sealed the win.

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Come Back Kids

Deep in the heart of the Texans, there was something that wouldn't shut down. The three year young franchise over came it's biggest deficit. It was 18 points to be exact.

It could be the fact that Carr is becoming a better quaterback every day, or that this young team final understands what it takes to win, or just maybe it was because the Tennessee Titans (A.K.A Houston Oilers) came in to town.

It wasn't that Tennessee had a bad game, despite a few key mistake by veteran quaterback Steve McNair, it was because Carr took after his child hood idol. Who happens Brett Farve.

Trailing 21-3 at half time, the Texans came out the second half hungry. The Texans scored 28 un-answered points to send the Titans back to Tennessee with a sour 31-21 loss.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Road Block

By J. Michael Moore,

Denver, Colo. – The road that cuts through an NFL season is never straight. It has bumps, curves, pot holes and dips.

It seems the Houston Texans got caught up in some sort of narrow mountain pass Sunday afternoon here in the Mile High City. It was tough. Narrow. Hard to get out of.

With the Rocky Mountains towering in the distance Houston dropped its first game in more than two weeks, falling to the Denver Broncos 31-13.

This was a day where nothing went right, beginning with a promising opening drive that ended in a missed Kris Brown field goal.

The Texans defense held the Broncos to three-and-out on their first drive, but Denver responded with a Jake Plummer to Jeb Putzier touchdown pass and a Jason Elam field goal on its next two possessions to take a 10-0 lead.

The Putzier touchdown capped a 99-yard drive by the Broncos offense.

Houston (4-4) linebacker Antwan Peek blocked a punt that Jonathan Wells recovered on the one-yard line leading to a Domanick Davis touchdown run, but the game quickly slipped out of reach.

“It’s just kind of a snowball effect,” quarterback David Carr said. “On our first drive we should have got points. If we get a touchdown there or we get three it might have changed the game a little bit but in the NFL if it starts snowballing like that, it’s hard.”

Hard is also a good word to describe the Broncos offense which seemed to rediscover its identity Sunday.

Reuben Droughns rushed for 120 yards, while Plummer completed 16 of 24 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns.

“They didn’t do anything we hadn’t worked on,” starting defensive end Gary Walker said. “So that’s the most frustrating part. We got guys running free, running backs running through tackles. We didn’t tackle, we didn’t cover, we didn’t pressure the quarterback. We had opportunities to do some things but we didn’t get it done.”

The Broncos (6-3) had lost two-straight games entering Sunday and spoke all week of the importance of getting a convincing win heading into the team’s bye week.

Perhaps that intensity – and the defining moment of the Texans miscues – was exemplified on the Broncos 99-yard scoring drive.

Cornerback Aaron Glenn was called for pass interference on the drive, turning an incomplete pass to wide receiver Ashley Lelie into a 36-yard gain. The Texans were less than pleased with the call.

In all the Texans were penalized nine times for a season-high 109 yards. So when a solid Bronco defense wasn’t stopping Carr and the offense, they were stopping themselves.

Carr threw for 245 yards but no touchdowns in the game, the team’s only other score came on a Davis touchdown run with 6:53 left in the game.

Davis had perhaps his best game since the season opener, rushing for 71 yards on 19 carries and catching two passes for 19 yards. But he was rendered largely ineffective in the second half.

The Broncos scored on the first drive of the third quarter and the Texans were left one dimensional in the comeback effort. Denver responded by pressuring Carr on four-man rushes, sacking the quarterback four times for 17 yards. Wide receiver Andre Johnson, who entered the game fourth in the NFL in receiving yards, was held to 28 yards on three catches.

Denver defensive ends entered the game having recording only two sacks in the previous five games. They got two Sunday.

On the flip side the Texans defense did not get a turnover for the first time in two games.

Part of the credit goes to Plummer who made no mistakes and, according to linebacker Kailee Wong, did an excellent job of managing the game.

Maybe it was a lack of pressure – the Texans had only one sack in the game – or breakdowns in coverage. No matter what, Wong said Sunday’s game shows there is always work to be done.

“The defense works together,” he said. “You need to have pressure and you need to have coverage and those two things go hand-in-hand. If you don’t have one or the other or you don’t have both, then you really get in trouble.

“We definitely have to keep working. We haven’t arrived. We have to keep preparing and we have to come out and play well. Otherwise, we can get it handed to us on Sunday.”

Now back to the road.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Defining Moment

By J. Michael Moore,

Never has sweat looked so nice.

With 9:25 left here Sunday the Texans took the ball and started driving.

Jonathan Wells left, Jonathan Wells right, and in just a few plays the Titans columbia blue jerseys were turning darker with perspiration. At one point, most of Tennessee’s front seven stood with hands on hips, sucking wind before the Texans offensive line set for another play.

That’s what happens when the Texans execute.

“That’s a sign of a good football team,” starting tight end Mark Bruener said of the nine-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Wells.

It may not have been the ultimate defining drive every team has during the course of the season but it was exactly what the Texans needed to secure a 20-10 victory over the Titans.

But the drive that secured the Texans (3-3, 1-0) first victory over the Titans in two years of existence signified plenty about the improvement of the team.

For starters, the defense picked off Titans quarterback Steve McNair four times in the game, twice in the fourth quarter, and held Tennessee scoreless for the entire second half. Last week’s AFC Offensive Play of the Week Chris Brown was knocked out of the game in the third quarter and finished with 52 yards on 13 carries.

It all set up one of the key moments of the game for the Texans offensive line, which blew the Titans defensive line off the ball play after play. Each time they pushed a little bit harder and the Titans appeared a little more fatigued.

Wells rushed six times on the scoring drive, which ran 4:43 seconds off the clock and forced McNair into a hurry up for the rest of the game.

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson also made two of his four receptions on the drive, both on quick passes to the outside where he beat Titans cornerback Samari Rolle in one-on-one coverage.

Wells dove into the end zone from four yards out with 4:45 remaining, following a Zach Wiegert block for his second rushing touchdown of the season.

The Titans (2-4, 0-3) got the ball back with more than four minutes remaining but McNair threw his final interception of the day to free safety Marcus Coleman on fourth-and-goal from the two.

A couple of plays later the Texans were able to take a knee.

“We have been a real football team, we just haven’t won a lot of games,” said Wells, who rushed for 73 yards after replacing an injured Domanick Davis. “We have been battling and we just have to keep going. If we keep getting better, there is no telling what we can do. We know we have a long way to go, but we are doing a lot of things well right now.”

The Texans defense has been doing well over the last month as well.

Houston has won three of its last four games. The team has a total of 10 takeaways in those three victories.

“In the games we’ve won, we’ve always won the turnover battle.” Texans cornerback Aaron Glenn said. “I think if we continue to do that, we’ll continue to have a lot more wins. We know what our keys to success are. We have to continue to do that.”

McNair threw for 210 yards, but the Titans never got into a solid rhythm against an aggressive Texans defense. Houston only had one sack to show for its efforts, but did plenty in its 27 minutes on the field.

Most importantly, the defense helped take a normally raucous Tennessee crowd out of the action.

Then it was up to the offense to make the Titans sweat.

“We knew coming in here would be a big challenge,” head coach Dom Capers said. “This is not an easy place to come in and play against a good Tennessee team. What we got to do is take this win and try to build on it.”

Monday, October 11, 2004

Heart Break City

It was a heart breaker. This past Sunday the Texans fought back from a 21 point deficit to send the game into overtime with the score 28-28. But that is where it ended, in overtime, as Cullpepper's arrant pass found it's way to the endzone for the game winning TD.

Texans QB David Carr

(On the difference between the first and second halves) “It was hard the first half because we only had 17 plays. We missed 3 rd and 1, 3 rd and 2. We get that and that’s a guaranteed six more plays at least. So that was tough – we only had 17 plays at halftime and that’s our own fault. In the second half we kind of pulled it together a little bit.”

(On the character of the team) “It’s the same for the entire team. We’re never going to give up. It’s just the strength of the character of the guys in the huddle and how they carry themselves. There was never a sign of giving up, never a sign that we can’t score 21 or whatever we need to score to come back in the game.”

(On the importance of finishing games like this one) “It was tough. Once we got into overtime we thought we had a chance. We finally got it tied up at 28, and they did a good job of covering us up on the series that we had and we didn’t get much done. We couldn’t finish it off. That’s something we’re going to have to focus on. I was kind of happy to be in that situation, but we have to get the killer mentality to take it away, kind of like the Vikings do.”

(On Andre Johnson’s presence and performance) “When number 80’s out there and we make eye contact, there’s a good chance that I’ll throw him the football. It instills confidence when you throw a ball up to a guy and he goes and jumps 15 feet in the air and pulls it down. You’d probably throw it to him. He’s playing with a lot of confidence and it’s something everyone else feeds off of. The other wide receivers made big plays – they all feed off of that. They see him make some plays and they go and make plays, and the whole offense gets some energy. That’s kind of what enabled us to g et back in the game and tie it up.”

(On Andre Johnson’s acrobatic touchdown catch) “It was a play that we’d seen on tape and that we thought we’d take advantage of. We played it similar to what they did on tape and just had to wait a little longer. We had Domanick [Davis] out in the flat trying to entice the corner to step up a little bit, and he stepped up just enough to where I could put it on the top shelf. We practiced it during the week. I just didn’t practice with him doing a flip.”

Monday, September 27, 2004

Clutch Performers,By J. Michael Moore
Jonathan Wells used his feet all day against the Kansas City Chiefs. He got those tough, punishing yards for nearly four quarters.

But the running back’s soft hands on the game’s final drive made up for all the aches and pains he’ll have in his legs and knees Monday morning.

Wells replaced starting running back Domanick Davis early in the Texans 24-21 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. He then faced some of the more intense action he had seen since he led the team in rushing in 2002.

He stepped up numerous times, but a first-down catch out of the back field on third-and-seven kept the Texans final drive alive – a drive which culminated in Kris Brown’s game-winning field goal.

It was Wells’ only catch of the day and one of only three successful third-down conversions for the Texans (1-2).

“I’m always ready to play,” he said. “I work hard. I’ve just been waiting to get an opportunity. Today (Davis) went down so I felt it’s my duty to step up and play for the other guys on this team.”

Wells was banged up throughout training camp and moved to number two on the depth chart two weeks ago when Tony Hollings injured his knee. He carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards and scored on a two-point conversion against the Chiefs (0-3).

Davis suffered a sprained ankle in the game. The team doesn’t expect it to limit him much in the coming week.

Wells also played heavily on special teams, a role he has embraced as the Texans running attack changed since 2002.

But it was good to run the ball again.

Go Texas!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Four Times to Many

It's a simple plan really. Win. Just three seasons into there franchise, fans in Houston are seeking more production from there Texans. I know I am. Defensive guru, Dom Caper, didn't seem to bring the needed pressure on quaterback Drew Brees. Allowing Brees to complete 17 of 24 passes for 209 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Capers 3-4 front failed to stop the other L.T. Tomlinson ran for a buck 21 and score on top of Brees' performance.

Yet there is still faith in Houston for Capers. It is only the first game. The problem is lack of personal rather than the coaching and the scheming on the sidelines.

Even at that, it still isn't the reason for the 27-20 loss to the Chargers. The reason for the loss is the FOUR turnovers provided by the Texans offense. Next time that happens, you might as well gift wrap it, because all turnovers do is give the other team another chance and the momentum. No one is going to win a game with FOUR turnovers. No one.

Go Texans!

Friday, September 03, 2004

Texans Players...


...all the defensive and offensive starters are expected to return to practice, giving an early advantage in preparing for the opening day opponent.

Starters will play an even more critical role across the league in 2004 since teams are allowed to keep eight players on a practice squad instead of five. Capers said the increase will limit the amount of talent a team can pick up during the season.

For the first time in team history the Texans will start no rookies on offense. Altered practice schedules helped keep the team fresh throughout training camp. Capers said the change was a result of hard work the team put in during spring drills.

Way to go! Let's hope that all that hard work pays off.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Texan Cuts


The Texans released strong safety Curry Burns, running back KaRon Coleman, guard Curry Dawson, cornerback Vontez Duff, guard Brandon Evans, cornerback Rober’ Freeman, tight end John Frieser, wide receiver Albert Johnson, tackle Brad Lekkerkerker, wide receiver Jermaine Lewis, center Andrew Martin, linebacker Raheem Orr, defensive end D.J. Renteria, kicker Todd Sievers, wide receiver Andrae Thurman and defensive end Bryce Wyatt.

17 more players have to be released by Sunday. We'll see who goes next.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Practicing Zone Tactics


Sure tackle Todd Wade was as disappointed as the rest of the team’s offensive linemen after a lackluster performance at Pittsburgh Aug. 21. The team lost 38-3 and managed 54 rushing yards.

But he and others say the new zone blocking scheme is close to vastly improving the Texans running game...

Zone blocking is designed to allow players to double-team defenders depending on their area of the field. This differs from man blocking, where players may have individual responsibilities.

Let's hope that they're able to put these new skills to good use against Denver! GO TEXANS!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Texans Battle Steelers


Yes, it is a preseason game. Yes, it technically doesn’t count. And finally, yes, the Texans aren’t exactly building an extravagant game plan for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But that does not mean the game is less important.

“Our goal is to go into Pittsburgh and see how much improvement we can make over our performance last Saturday night,” Texans head coach Dom Capers said. “It’s always a big challenge when you go on the road the first time and deal with all the distractions of playing on the road – the crowd noise and the focus and concentration it takes.”

The Texans look to make some more history Saturday when they travel to Pittsburgh for the first preseason game between the two teams. A win and the Texans would have won back-to-back preseason games for the first time in team history.

Go Texans!!!

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Dolphins Come to Town

So it's about time for some scrimmages....

The Texans held a hard-hitting session under the lights Wednesday night to wrap
up their third two-a-day of training camp.

The Texans have one
more practice Thursday before the Dolphins come to town for three practices and
a controlled scrimmage. It's time to start hitting somebody with a
different logo on their helmet.

Bet the Dolphins are glad to get out of Miami... but they're in for a hard time in Texas!

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Training Camp Updates

So, training camp has begun and we're beginning to see who's going to contribute to a Texan winning season. Here's the coach's assesment of the team:

“I think they had the right attitude, the guys who have been through came with
us a couple of years they know what we expect," head coach Dom
said. "I think their focus and attention has been good. Really,
that’s the challenge of training camp. You have to come out here every day and
work to get better because these days go by fast.”

The Texans will practice once today, twice Wednesday and once Thursday before the Dolphins arrive in Houston for two practices and a scrimmage in Reliant Stadium on August 7.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Training Camp Begins 7/29

I can't wait to see how things shape up during training camp. Here's the lowdown of the new recruits:

As of today, the Texans have 93 players on the
roster. The team is allowed to bring 91 players to camp
(80 regular roster, 10 NFLE exemptions and one
national exemption). Houston made the following key
acquisitions this offseason: TE Mark Bruener (Steelers),
CB Eric Kelly (Vikings), LB DaShon Polk (Bills), OT
Marcus Spears (Chiefs), DE Robaire Smith (Titans) and
OT Todd Wade (Dolphins).
The Texans selected nine players in the 2004
NFL draft: CB Dunta Robinson, LB Jason Babin, S
Glenn Earl, CB Vontez Duff, S Jammal Lord, LB
Charlie Anderson, LB Raheem Orr, WR Sloan Thomas,
and QB B.J. Symons.

I'll be waiting to see what happens!! GO TEXANS!!!!





Tuesday, July 20, 2004

This is going to be a GREAT season!

Here's a little info from the Texan's website:
There’s been just one addition but a whole lot of shuffling to Houston’s offensive line. And the Texans are convinced that this unit will be stronger in 2004.
Why? Versatility and depth. The Texans finally boast enough depth to deal with the attrition that inevitably comes with life in the trenches. Plus, depth leads to increased competition in camp. And the unit's versatility will enable the Texans to move players around if and when the coaching staff sees fit. 
So, what do you think? I think that we're going in strong and are going to have a GREAT season!!! GO TEXANS!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Houston Texans Blog

Hey Houston,
Thanks for stopping by.  I'm not quite up and running yet, but check back soon for updates.