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2014 HOUSTON TEXANS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

July 25, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



2014 HOUSTON TEXANS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Houston Texans (2002 - Pres)

HEAD COACH: BILL O’BRIEN

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: BILL O’BRIAN

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: ROMEO CRENNEL

OFFENSE POINTS PER GAME: 17.2

RUSHING: 108.9

PASSING: 238.3

TOTAL OFFENSE: 347.2

DEFENSE POINTS PER GAME: 26.8

RUSHING: 122.4

PASSING: 195.2

TOTAL DEFENSE: 317.6

INTERCEPTIONS: 7

SACKS: 32

TURNOVER MARGIN: -20

Houston Texans (2002 - Pres)

The Houston Texans suffered through one of the worst seasons they could’ve imagined in 2013. After beating San Diego and Tennessee everything fell apart as Houston lost 14 consecutive games and Coach Gary Kubiak was fired. The entire coaching staff was overhauled with former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien trying to pick up the pieces and hoping to make progress toward a respectable football team again.

Teams that are successful in the NFL generally have a good quarterback. Right now, that is not the case for Houston as they will count on former Tennessee signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is not the long-term answer but he does bring a veteran presence to the Texans offense. Houston had to make a change when veteran Matt Schaub ran out of chances to make this a Super Bowl contending football team. The concern about Fitzpatrick are turnovers as he is averaged nearly 17 interceptions per season over the last four years. Houston may go “young” eventually after drafting Tom Savage in the fourth round out of Pittsburgh. Savage may be considered the quarterback of the future but if Fitzpatrick struggles Houston may put Savage on a fast track to the starting position.

Coach O’Brien will run a new offense similar to what he ran as an assistant at New England. He’ll have multiple formations using two tight ends and no fullbacks. The Texans must utilize former Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster if they can keep him healthy. Foster only played half the season last year after undergoing back surgery. Houston is hoping foster will revert back to his 2012 form in which he led the league in rushing and scored a league-leading 17 touchdowns. If Foster is not 100%, Houston signed free-agent Andre Brown as the number two tailback after spending time with the New York Giants. The concern with Brown is he too has been injury prone during his brief career.

Four of the five offensive lineman return including to time Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown. O – line coach Paul Dunn will change things up front with a combination of zone and new man blocking schemes because pass protection was an issue in 2013. Joining Brown will be rookie left guard Xavier Su’ a-Filo (UCLA), center Chris Myers, right guard Brandon Brooks and right tackle Derek Newton.

Receiver Andre Johnson had another tremendous season in 2013 catching 109 passes for 1407 yards and five touchdowns. There are two concerns for Houston this year, one is Johnson will be 33 and two Houston does not have another capable wide receiver with enough talent to keep opposing defenses from double teaming Johnson. Houston’s number one pick from a year ago DeAndre Hopkins finished with 52 receptions but faded at the end of the year. Other receivers who will be given an opportunity will be Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey. The Texans will utilize more tight ends this year perhaps using three in the line-up at the same time including Garrett Graham, Ryan Griffin and third round selection CJ Fiedorowicz out of Iowa.

Houston’s defense will have a different look after coordinator Wade Phillips was replaced by former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel. Crennel know something about winning after being on five Super Bowl winning coaching staffs. The Texans were third in the NFL in pass defense but had a hard time stopping the run as they were ranked 23rd and 24th overall in points allowed.

Houston as one of the best and’s in football in JJ Watt, who has 36 ½ sacks in three seasons but his production dropped from 20 ½ sacks to just 10 ½ last season. Watt faced constant double-team situations all year long. Watt will be joined up front by Jared Crick and injured rookie Louis Nix (Notre Dame). Tim Jamison, Jerrell Powe and rookie Jeoffrey Pagan will also be in the mix.

All the talking camp will be about rookie DE Jadeveon Clowney who is an immediate impact player because it is dynamic pass rushing skills. Clowney has freakish athleticism who will play outside linebacker but may move around depending on game situations. Clowney will be joined by second-year LB Whitney Mercilus who had seven sacks in his rookie season. Brooks Reed will move inside and played next to veteran Brian Cushing who is hoping to be healthy this year after missing 20 games over the last two years due to injuries.

Houston’s secondary ranked first in the AFC and third overall in the NFL in pass defense thanks to corners Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. The only knock on Joseph is his lack of consistency and Jackson is hit with too many penalties. Former second-round selection Brandon Harris will be given every chance to live up to his expectations in camp and will be joined by strong safety DJ Swearinger and free safety Shiloh Keo. Free agents Chris Clemons and Kendrick Lewis will be given every chance to take those starting positions in camp.

Houston is lucky to be in the AFC South because it is not a strong division with teams like Tennessee and Jacksonville tried to rebuild just like the Texans. Scouts believe that this team should have won more than just two games last year, but the quarterback situation was unsettled all season long, and the injuries to players like Arian Foster proved to be too much to overcome. If Houston is to compete at a higher level the right side of the offense of line and their tight ends must play better or will have to be upgraded even further. Believing that Houston can unseat Indianapolis is unrealistic but getting to the .500 mark is certainly a possibility.

Houston Texans (2002 - Pres)

2014 DRAFT:

 

The ten (10) players drafted by your Houston Texans over the seven round affair are:

 

1. Jadeveon Clowney (OLB--South Carolina)--reactions/analysis here and here.
2. Xavier Su'a-Filo (OG--UCLA)--reaction here.
3. C.J. Fiedorowicz (TE--Iowa)--reaction/analysis here and here.
3. Louis Nix (NT--Notre Dame)--reaction here.
4. Tom Savage (QB--Pittsburgh)--reaction/analysis here, here, and here.
6. Jeoffrey Pagan (DE--Alabama)--reaction here.
6. Alfred Blue (RB--LSU)--reaction here.
6. Jay Prosch (FB--Auburn)--reaction here.
7. Andre Hal--reaction/analysis here and here.
7. Lonnie Ballentine (DB--Memphis)--reaction here.

Houston Texans (2006 - Pres)


HOUSTON TEXANS 2014 SCHEDULE 

PRESEASON

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time 

Saturday

Aug. 9

at Arizona Cardinals

KTRK-TV

7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Aug. 16

ATLANTA FALCONS

KTRK-TV

7:00 p.m.

Saturday

Aug. 23

at Denver Broncos

KTRK-TV

8:00 p.m.

Thursday

Aug. 28

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

KTRK-TV

7:00 p.m.   

 

REGULAR SEASON

Day

Date

Opponent

TV Network

Kickoff Time

Sunday

Sept. 7

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

FOX

Noon

Sunday

Sept. 14

at Oakland Raiders

CBS

3:25 p.m.

Sunday

Sept. 21

at New York Giants

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Sept. 28

BUFFALO BILLS

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Oct. 5

at Dallas Cowboys

CBS

Noon

Thursday

Oct. 9

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS#

CBS

7:25 p.m.

Monday

Oct. 20

at Pittsburgh Steelers#

ESPN

7:30 p.m.

Sunday

Oct. 26

at Tennessee Titans

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Nov. 2

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

FOX

Noon

Sunday

Nov. 9

BYE WEEK

 

 

Sunday

Nov. 16

at Cleveland Browns

CBS

Noon 

Sunday

Nov. 23

CINCINNATI BENGALS

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Nov. 30

TENNESSEE TITANS

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Dec. 7

at Jacksonville Jaguars

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Dec. 14

at Indianapolis Colts

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Dec. 21

BALTIMORE RAVENS

CBS

Noon

Sunday

Dec. 28

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

CBS

Noon

 

Italic indicates games subject to flex scheduling. See the note below. 

All kickoff times Central; # - Televised Nationally; Home Games in BOLD
All games are broadcasted live on Texans Radio on 610 AM and 100.3 The Bull

 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

  • For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
  • Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
  • “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

Houston Texans (2002 - Pres)

2014 ROSTER:

 

Active

 

#NamePos.Ht.Wt.AgeExp.College
65 Ankrah, Jason OLB 6-3 262   R Nebraska
39 Ballentine, Lonnie FS 6-3 219   R Memphis
12 Bester, Lacoltan WR 6-3 208   R Oklahoma
44 Blue, Alfred RB 6-2 223   R LSU
66 Boffeli, Conor G/C 6-4 304   R Iowa
16 Bonner, Alan WR 5-10 191 23 2 Jacksonville State
2 Boswell, Chris K 6-2 185   R Rice
34 Bouye, A.J. CB 6-0 191 22 2 Central Florida
79 Brooks, Brandon G 6-5 335 24 3 Miami (Ohio)
33 Brown, Andre RB 6-0 227 27 6 North Carolina State
71 Brown, Austin NT 6-2 295   R Miami (Ohio)
76 Brown, Duane T 6-4 303 28 7 Virginia Tech
98 Browner, Keith DE 6-4 288 26 2 California
4 Bullock, Randy K 5-9 206 24 3 Texas A&M
53 Bullough, Max ILB 6-3 249   R Michigan State
20 Clemons, Chris SS 6-1 214 28 6 Clemson
90 Clowney, Jadeveon LB 6-5 266   R South Carolina
85 Coyle, Chris TE 6-4 243   R Arizona State
93 Crick, Jared DE 6-4 285 24 3 Nebraska
81 Denham, Anthony TE 6-4 235   R Utah
50 Dent, Akeem MLB 6-1 239 26 4 Georgia
71 Dima, Anthony T 6-6 295     Massachusetts
74 Feiler, Matt T 6-6 330   R Bloomsburg
78 Ferentz, James C 6-2 285   R Iowa
87 Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE 6-5 265   R Iowa
14 Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB 6-2 223 31 10 Harvard
23 Foster, Arian RB 6-1 227 27 5 Tennessee
88 Graham, Garrett TE 6-3 243 27 4 Wisconsin
84 Griffin, Ryan TE 6-6 254 24 2 Connecticut
41 Grimes, Jonathan RB 5-10 209 24 2 William & Mary
38 Hal, Andre R 5-10 188     Vanderbilt
26 Harris, Brandon CB 5-10 189 24 4 Miami (Fla.)
51 Hazel, Paul LB 6-5 227 24 2 Western Michigan
10 Hopkins, DeAndre WR 6-1 207 22 2 Clemson
83 Hughes, Kofi WR 6-2 215   R Indiana
66 Hunter, David NT 6-2 301 24 2 Houston
25 Jackson, Kareem DB 5-10 188 26 5 Alabama
96 Jamison, Tim DE 6-3 287 28 6 Michigan
80 Johnson, Andre WR 6-3 230 33 12 Miami (Fla.)
28 Johnson, Dennis RB 5-7 196 24 2 Arkansas
60 Jones, Ben C 6-3 308 25 3 Georgia
24 Joseph, Johnathan CB 5-11 188 30 9 South Carolina
7 Keenum, Case QB 6-1 205 26 3 Houston
31 Keo, Shiloh S 5-11 208 26 4 Idaho
62 Kupper, Alex G 6-3 299 24 2 Louisville
19 Labhart, Travis WR 5-9 182   R Texas A&M
9 Lechler, Shane P 6-2 237 37 15 Texas A&M
17 Lemon, Alec WR 6-2 207   2 Syracuse
21 Lewis, Kendrick FS 6-0 198 26 5 Mississippi
63 Lloyd, Terrance OLB 6-3 238   R Baylor
43 Mack, Elbert CB 5-10 175 28 6 Troy
82 Martin, Keshawn WR 5-11 194 24 3 Michigan State
94 Mathews, Ricardo DT 6-3 300 26 5 Cincinnati
64 McAllister, Chris OLB 6-2 255   R Baylor
18 McClung, Anthony WR 6-0 177   R Cincinnati
59 Mercilus, Whitney LB 6-4 258 24 3 Illinois
54 Mohamed, Mike LB 6-3 238 26 3 California
55 Myers, Chris C 6-4 286 32 10 Miami (Fla.)
75 Newton, Derek T 6-6 313 26 4 Arkansas State
87 Nwachukwu, Uzoma WR 5-11 198 23 2 Texas A&M
42 Opurum, Toben RB 6-1 250 23 2 Kansas
97 Pagan, Jeoffrey DE 6-3 310   R Alabama
35 Pleasant, Eddie SAF 5-10 210 25 2 Oregon
11 Posey, DeVier WR 6-1 210 24 3 Ohio State
86 Potter, Zach TE 6-7 269 28 4 Nebraska
95 Powe, Jerrell NT 6-2 331 27 3 Mississippi
45 Prosch, Jay FB 6-1 256   R Auburn
77 Quessenberry, David OT 6-5 307 23 2 San Jose State
58 Reed, Brooks OLB 6-3 254 27 4 Arizona
91 Sapp, Ricky LB 6-4 252 27 4 Clemson
3 Savage, Tom QB 6-4 228   R Pittsburgh
29 Starling, Jawanza SAF 6-1 206 23 2 USC
70 Su'a-Filo, Xavier G 6-4 307   R UCLA
36 Swearinger, D.J. SS 5-10 208 22 2 South Carolina
52 Tarpinian, Jeff LB 6-3 240 26 4 Iowa
89 Thomas, Mike WR 5-8 198 27 6 Arizona
57 Tuggle, Justin LB 6-0 247 24 2 Kansas State
27 Victorian, Josh CB 5-10 190 26 2 Louisiana Tech
74 Warmsley, Julius DE 6-2 296   R Tulane
99 Watt, J.J. DE 6-5 289 25 4 Wisconsin
46 Weeks, Jon LS 5-10 246 28 5 Baylor
67 White, Cody G 6-3 303 26 3 Illinois State
40 Williams, Marcus CB 5-11 196   R North Dakota State
72 Witzmann, Bryan T 6-7 311   R South Dakota State
73 Yeatman, Will T 6-6 315 26 4 Maryland
61 Young, Chris ILB 6-0 252   R Arizona State

 

Active/Physically Unable to Perform

 

#NamePos.Ht.Wt.AgeExp.College
56 Cushing, Brian ILB 6-3 249 27 6 Southern California
92 Nix III, Louis NT 6-2 331   R Notre Dame
49 Williams, Trevardo OLB 6-1 237 23 2 Connecticut



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