Texans Rumors & News

  • Texans hire 3 assistant coaches

    Houston Chronicle "Texans coach Bill O'Brien hired three assistant coaches Friday. Danny Barrett was hired as running backs coach to replace Charles London. He was Miami's running backs coach the last two years. Tracy Smith was hired as assistant special teams coach under Brad Seely, who was hired this week...." January 21

  • Greg Olsen, Benjamin Watson, J.J. Watt named Man of the Year finalists

    NFL.com "Houston Texans linebacker J.J. Watt, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson were named finalists Sunday for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. "Greg, Benjamin and J.J. have changed countless lives with their..." January 21

  • Mike Vrabel agrees to become head coach of Titans

    ESPN "The Tennessee Titans have hired Mike Vrabel as the 19th head coach in franchise history, the team announced Saturday. Vrabel, 42, will replace Mike Mularkey, who was fired Monday. A 14-year NFL veteran and three-time Super Bowl champion, Vrabel spent the past four seasons coaching the..." January 20

  • Romeo Crennel to take back role as Texans' DC

    Scout "With the exit of Mike Vrabel to the Tennessee Titans, Bill O’Brien has announced that assistant head coach Romeo Crennel will be moved back defensive coordinator for the 2018 season. Crennel will take back the defensive unit after not calling the defense in 2017 due to Vrabel taking over the..." January 20

  • Mike Vrabel has 'inside track' to become next Titans HC

    Yardbarker "The Tennessee Titans are looking for a new head coach following the shocking news that Mike Mularkey was fired on Monday, and Mike Vrabel appears to be an early favorite to land the vacant position. According to Jason Wolf of The Tennessean, Vrabel has “the early inside track” to land the..." January 20

  • 2018 Salary Cap Could Exceed $180M?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Mike Jurecki recently spoke to a source who suggested that the 2018 NFL salary cap could end up exceeding $180 million once it’s finalized for the upcoming league year. Last we heard, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported a month ago that the NFL distributed 2018 salary cap projections to teams..." January 19

  • Decisions loom in Texans' secondary

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans regressed on defense last season under first-year defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. After finishing first in the NFL in total defense the previous season under Romeo Crennel, the Texans finished 20th overall last season. They were particularly vulnerable against the pass,..." January 18

  • NFL could reportedly force players to stay in locker room during anthem in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "Forcing players to stand for the national anthem has never really been an option for the NFL, but the league could still explore other means of preventing protests prior to the 2018 season. According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, the NFL is considering implementing a policy that would require players..." January 18

  • Texans Hiring Brad Seely As Special Teams Coach

    NFL Trade Rumors "Adam Schefter reports that the Texans are hiring former Raiders coach Brad Seely as their new special teams coach. Schefter points out that Seely has ties to Texans HC Bill O’Brien from their time together in New England. " January 17

  • Brian Gaine’s to-do list includes long-term deal for Jadeveon Clowney

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans' offseason agenda is headlined by the need to obtain reinforcements to seriously upgrade their offensive line and secondary. Another major undertaking for the Texans is securing the future of Pro Bowl outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney through a blockbuster contract..." January 17

  • Texans’ interviews for DBs job includes Darren Perry

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans have interviewed two assistants for their vacant defensive backs job and have offensive assistant Pat O’Hara in Chicago today talking to the Bears about becoming their quarterbacks coach, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Houston is seeking to replace John Butler, who..." January 16

  • Titans Request Mike Vrabel Interview

    Pro Football Rumors "Hours after announcing they now have a coaching vacancy, the Titans have submitted a request to interview Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Albert Breer of SI.com tweets. Vrabel, whom John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports (on Twitter) will interview for the job, remains a..." January 15

  • Mike Vrabel a Head Coach Finalist for Both the Colts and Lions

    Scout "According to reports Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel in the hunt for both head coaching position he interviewed for with the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. Vrabel is considered a finalist for both jobs and is expected to be called back for a final interview for each team to..." January 13

  • Texans give Bill O'Brien extension, hire GM Brian Gaine

    NFL.com "The Houston Texans took a big step toward creating long-term continuity Saturday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed, the team signed coach Bill O'Brien to a four-year extension and hired new general manager Brian Gaine to a five-year contract. The new deals, which..." January 13

  • Texans Negotiating Long-Term Deal For HC Bill O’Brien

    NFL Trade Rumors "John McClain reports that the Texans are currently negotiating a long-term contract extension for HC Bill O’Brien. McClain adds that the Texans are eager to get a deal done with O’Brien so he can hire better coaches to his staff. He is set to have six openings. Houston is expected to hire..." January 11

  • Cowboys’ McClay Turns Down Texans Interview

    Pro Football Rumors "Another Texans GM candidate bites the dust. On Wednesday morning, Cowboys exec Will McClay confirmed that he has turned down an opportunity to interview for the Texans’ GM vacancy (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Todd Archer). The Cowboys did right by McClay and granted him permission to speak with..." January 10

  • Texans to hire Brian Gaine as new general manager

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans are hiring Buffalo vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine as their new general manager. They're negotiating to hire Gaine to replace Rick Smith and would like to have the deal worked out by Thursday or Friday so he can attend the Senior Bowl next week." January 10

  • Deshaun Watson shows he’s already back throwing in workout video

    The Sports Daily "Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson appears to be progressing in recovery. Watson, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury while practicing on Nov. 2, has been working hard in rehab, as he attempts to get back to full strength by the time the Texans hold training camp next summer. He posted a..." January 08

  • Texans' search for a new GM begins with a flurry

    Houston Chronicle "Sunday was a whirlwind day for the Texans as they begin the interview process this week to replace general manager Rick Smith. Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst came to Houston on Saturday and had dinner with coach Bill O'Brien before accepting an offer to become Packers..." January 08

  • Will McClay staying with Cowboys, declines Texans’ request

    Scout "The Houston Texans general manager search continues and Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay is waiting to hear from the Texans. With McClay being in limbo and waiting to hear from the Texans that leaves two potential hires returning to their respective teams and three..." January 07

  • Eagles decline Texans request to interview Joe Douglas for G.M. job

    Pro Football Talk "The Texans identified Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas as a candidate for their General Manager vacancy, but they were reportedly rebuffed in their effort to interview him for the job. Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports that the Eagles declined to give the Texans..." January 07

  • Patriots reject Texans' request to interview top executives for GM job

    ESPN "New England rejected Houston's request to interview Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort for the Texans' general manager job, and the Eagles told the Texans the same about their vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, a league..." January 07

  • Johnathan Joseph, T.Y. Hilton fined for their squabble

    Pro Football Talk "Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton‘s squabble Sunday cost each of them $12,154. The NFL fined both players for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. They got the lower end of the fine schedule as a first offense for fighting comes with a $30,387 fine. Hilton..." January 06

  • Brian Gutekunst to interview for Texans’ G.M. job Sunday

    Houston Chronicle "Brian Gutekunst, Green Bay’s director of player personnel, will be in Houston on Sunday to interview for the Texans’ general manager job. Gutekunst has been with Green Bay for 19 years and is a candidate to replace Ted Thompson as the Packers’ new general manager. Thompson has accepted another..." January 06

  • Texans add two more names to G.M. search

    Houston Chronicle "Two more possible candidates have emerged to become the Texans’ new general manager to replace Rick Smith. Among the candidates the Texans are interested in are Philadelphia vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and Dallas vice president of player personnel Will McClay. Four other..." January 05

  • Broncos and Texans to coach Senior Bowl teams

    Pro Football Talk "There was plenty of uncertainty about the Broncos and Texans coaching staffs heading into the offseason. Now, they’re going to have a little extra work to do. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the two teams will handle the coaching in this year’s Senior Bowl. While such duty gives teams a..." January 03

  • Jadeveon Clowney having minor knee surgery

    Pro Football Talk "Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was one of the few Texans stars who didn’t get hurt this year. But he needs a little work done now. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Clowney needs “minor arthroscopic knee surgery,” and as always it’s minor because it’s not your..." January 03

  • Terrell Owens, Randy Moss headline 15 finalists for Hall of Fame class of 2018

    CBS Sports "From 108 to 27 to 15. The list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018 continues to shrink. On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame whittled down the list of candidates for the Class of 2018 to 15 all-time greats. The process started with 108 nominees in September...." January 03

  • Texans' Mike Vrabel next up to interview for Lions' job

    Detroit News "After interviewing the internal candidates on Tuesday, the Detroit Lions are meeting with their first external option for the team’s head coaching vacancy Wednesday, hosting Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. And even though it’s been a decade since they’ve worked together, Lions..." January 03

  • Texans Parting Ways With 4 Coaches Including Special Teams Coordinator Larry Izzo

    NFL Trade Rumors "John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans and special teams coordinator Larry Izzo have mutually agreed to part ways. Ian Rapoport reports that Texans are also parting ways with RBs coach Charles London and DBs coach John Butler. Aaron Wilson reports that assistant..." January 02

  • Bill O'Brien expected to sign extension with Texans

    Houston Chronicle "Texans coach Bill O'Brien took a break today from "positive, productive discussions" with owner Bob McNair and vice chairman Cal McNair to meet with the media. O'Brien wouldn't talk specifically about his contract that has one year remaining, but he's expected to sign an extension once the new..." January 02

  • Texans QB Deshaun Watson ahead of schedule after torn ACL

    Houston Chronicle "Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Texans coach Bill O'Brien has seen speedy progress from a right knee injury that ended Watson's season. Watson could be back in time for some level of participation in..." January 02

  • Texans Expected To Pursue Nick Caserio, Monti Ossenfort For GM Job

    NESN "Add two New England Patriots executives to the growing list of team staffers drawing interest for job openings around the league. The Houston Texans have hired a search firm to replace departed general manager Rick Smith, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday. According to Rapoport,..." January 02

  • Texans show respect to Colts running back Frank Gore

    Houston Chronicle "The Texans expressed admiration for Indianapolis Colts veteran running back Frank Gore. Gore became the fifth player in NFL history to reach the 14,000-rushing yard milestone. "I told him two or three times during the game how much respect I have for him," Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph..." January 01

  • J.J. Watt: Texans can win a Super Bowl with Deshaun Watson

    Sportsnaut "The 2017 season was very disappointing for J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. But there is a Mithril lining to be found, which is that rookie Deshaun Watson is clearly the answer at quarterback, both in the short term and as far as the eye can see. Watt, speaking to media Monday after the team’s..." January 01

  • Rick Smith plans to return to Texans; team may hire new GM in his absence

    ABC News "A day after Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith announced he is taking an extended leave of absence to help take care of his wife as she battles breast cancer, he made it clear he will return to the team. "This is not a referendum on my tenure, because my tenure is not over," Smith..." January 01

  • Lions request HC interviews with Texans' Vrabel, Panthers' Wilks

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions fired head coach Jim Caldwell on Monday morning and they have started putting together a list of candidates to replace him. Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports that the team has requested an interview with Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports..." January 01

  • Will Fuller out with a knee injury

    Pro Football Talk "Texans receiver Will Fuller left with a knee injury. He will not return. It marks the third injury for Fuller this season. He caught two passes for 17 yards against the Colts and finished the year catching 28 passes for 423 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games. The Texans already were..." December 31

  • Texans GM Rick Smith to take leave of absence

    Houston Chronicle "Texans GM Rick Smith is taking a leave of absence to help take care of his wife, Tiffany, who's been undergoing treatment for breast cancer in Arizona for the last few weeks. "I have chosen to take an extended leave of absence to focus my attention and intention on my wife's complete recovery..." December 31

  • Bill O'Brien Reportedly Prepared to Leave Texans If GM Rick Smith Stays

    Bleacher Report "Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is reportedly set to make owner Bob McNair choose between keeping him or general manager Rick Smith. According to Alex Marvez of Sporting News, O'Brien is prepared to broach the subject when he and Smith meet with McNair on Monday. O'Brien is also..." December 31

  • T.Y. Hilton exchanges multiple vicious punches with Texans' Johnathan Joseph

    CBS Sports "The Texans and Colts are only playing for pride this week, but don't tell that to T.Y. Hilton and Johnathan Joseph, who almost got into an all-out brawl on Sunday. With the Colts driving down the field early in third quarter, Hilton and Joseph somehow got into a fight after a play that didn't..." December 31

  • Texans punter Shane Lechler wants to return for 19th season

    Houston Chronicle "Texans veteran punter Shane Lechler is at the end of one of his best seasons. Lechler doesn't intend for this to be the end of his career. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection said Friday he intends to return for a 19th NFL season. "Is this my last year? No, it's not," Lechler said at his..." December 31

  • O'Brien likely to be retained as Texans HC

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Giants reportedly have their first head coaching interview penciled in - Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz - and it looks like they can forget about a second. Bill O'Brien, who had gained steam as a potential Giants contender were he to become available, "is likely to be back next..." December 31

  • Is Quavo Good Enough to QB for the Texans?

    Complex "Is Quavo shelving music for professional football? No, but the rapper did joke about pursuing a NFL career after he was compared to Houston Texans’ backup QB Taylor Heinicke this week. Following Heinicke’s brief appearance in Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, reporter Ari..." December 30

  • Johnathan Joseph desires to continue career with Texans

    Houston Chronicle "For seven years with the Texans, veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph has built a legacy by shadowing opponents' best receivers. Every Sunday, it's Joseph who's sprinting, backpedaling and wrestling with some of the most talented athletes in the NFL. Now that his contract is expiring after..." December 30

  • Texans' Brian Cushing wants to keep playing, hopes to return

    Houston Chronicle "For nearly a decade, veteran linebacker Brian Cushing has delivered a hard-hitting, emotional presence in the middle of the Texans' defense. Since returning from a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy, Cushing has shifted to outside linebacker and has..." December 29

  • Julien Davenport fined $9,115 for facemask penalty

    Pro Football Talk "Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney wasn’t the only member of the Texans to draw a fine for a facemask penalty this week. PFT has confirmed that left tackle Julien Davenport was also fined $9,115 for an infraction in last Monday’s 34-6 loss to the Steelers. Davenport was flagged while blocking on a..." December 29

  • Texans GM Rick Smith, coach Bill O'Brien's relationship is 'toxic'

    CBS Sports "The Houston Texans could be in for an offseason of change. Despite finding their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson and making the playoffs twice since 2015, the Texans could be in the market for a new general manager or coach after their 4-11 season wraps up on Sunday. According to a..." December 29

  • Texans won’t be disciplined for letting Tom Savage play with concussion

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Texans came under heavy scrutiny in Week 14 when they allowed Tom Savage to re-enter a game against the San Francisco 49ers after he clearly suffered a head injury, but the team will not face disciplinary action over the situation. On Friday, the NFL and NFL Players Association..." December 29

  • Four teams that had a bad 2017 but have hope for 2018

    USA Today "Things didn't work out from a competitive standpoint for these teams, but fans can take a glass-half-full perspective about what is to come. Chicago Bears Ever since being inserted as the starter in Week 5, rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has experienced his share of growing pains. He's..." December 29

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