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Defending Bridgewater: "Turn on the tape"

"What’s being said in the media is not necessarily being said in draft rooms by people who are being paid to be in the know and who need to do their due diligence and homework," says Texas assistant Shawn Watson, who served as Bridgewater’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Louisville. "I just know in the end, he has all the traits for a can’t-miss player.
"I’ve seen his accuracy. I’ve seen his competitiveness, his decision making. I’ve seen how he’s been such a great student, learning how to enhance his game, to use his eyes as a weapon, develop his feet, develop his pocket awareness, learn to be a full-field read guy, take us to the line of scrimmage and put us in the right play or spin our protection to pick up the blitz."

Defending Bridgewater: "Turn on the tape"

Andre Johnson: Draftnik

"I have thought about different scenarios. Me personally, if I had it, I would probably trade it, but that's just my opinion. That doesn't make it right. Doesn't mean they should listen to me, because I am not the GM. I have never had to sit in the draft room like that."

Andre Johnson on what he'd do with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft

Another Texans Coaching Vacancy Filled?

"Brian [Ferentz] was the Hawkeyes' offensive line coach (also working with the tight ends) the past two years after four seasons with the New England Patriots, and he just accepted a position on Bill O'Brien's staff with the Houston Texans."

Eric Edholm's article on Yahoo! Sports

There's nothing from the usual sports reports or official announcements, but thanks to grandmasteroz for bringing this to our attention.
If true, Ferentz would represent yet another former member of the Patriots joining the Texans' staff.

Spotrac: Watt's Next Contract Will Probably Be Huge

"Watt's production is so far ahead of any other pass rusher in the game right now, that even comparing him to the best of the best isn't enough to "de-value" him in terms of overall dollars.
He scored an average of 79% better than the top-paid defensive ends in football, a figure that when factored into our base contract numbers turn into:

Spotrac's Prediction: 6 years, $142,272,798"

[Relevant disclaimer]
"While it may seem outrageous to assume the Texans or any team might actually make an offer this high - we're simply determining the true value of Watt at this moment in time - as outrageous as it may result in."

Read the full analysis of Watt's true value on Spotrac.

McNair Talks Clowney; Compares Him To J.J. Watt, Mario Williams

"I said to J.J. [Watt], 'I don't know what'll happen, but if we get [Jadeveon] Clowney, we want you to instill in him the same kind of work habits that you have.' He said, 'Well, if he's in the same room with me, he'll have them.'"

Watch McNair's full interview on Clowney here.

Ralph Friedgen On Bill O'Brien

"I think he’s blatantly honest with them," Friedgen said. "...We’re a lot alike in that way. I’m an emotional guy, he’s an emotional guy. He’ll tell you how he feels. You’ll see him get very angry, you’ll also see him get quiet. I think what happens is people can trust him. I think it wasn’t an easy decision for him to leave now. I think he could have done it last year. But because of the commitment the players made there and the commitment he made to the players (he stayed)."

-Via Tania Ganguli on ESPN.com

Some Insight Into BOB's Final Months At PSU

Some of [O'Brien's] frustrations revolved around what he saw as the lack of leadership at Penn State and his desire simply to fulfill his job description as the football coach, not university figurehead. I wrote about this a few days ago when I thought the time was apt.

"You can print this: You can print that I don’t really give a ---- what the ‘Paterno people’ think about what I do with this program. I’ve done everything I can to show respect to Coach Paterno. Everything in my power. So I could really care less about what the Paterno faction of people, or whatever you call them, think about what I do with the program. I’m tired of it.

"For any ‘Paterno person’ to have any objection to what I’m doing, it makes me wanna put my fist through this windshield right now.

"I’m trying to field the most competitive football team I can with near-death penalty ----ing sanctions. Every time I say something like that and somebody prints it, it’s skewed as an excuse. And I’m not an excuse-maker. I’m trying to do the best I can for the kids in that program. That’s all I care about is the kids in that program. As long as I’m the head football coach here."

Read more from David Jones of PennLive.com

Quit Teasing Us, Teddy!

Bridgewater was asked whether he thinks he is ready for the NFL.
"Of course I do," he said. "I feel that I’m ready, but I also feel that I’m not. It can go either way."

In what areas does he feel he can improve?
"Just the little things. For one, I can get bigger. I’m not as heavy as I was last year, but I can attribute that to my mouth surgery. ... If I was 10 pounds heavier I could have more zip on my throws."

- Teddy Bridgewater via the MIami Herald.

Cushing Plans On Being 100% In January

"I think January, February, I'll be a hundred percent," Cushing said. "This is quite a different deal than last year.
"[Rehab is] going really well. Obviously, I had a pretty significant injury last year, too. I just feel like this is a lot less serious, and healing much faster. So that's a good sign."

Brian Cushing talking to Drew Dougherty via the Mothership

Randy Bullock Is Still The Texans' Kicker

"We're going to continue to go with Randy. He certainly knows and we told him, and everybody else knows. He’s got to get it done."

-Wade Phillips
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