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Houston Texans Newswire: So Long Bag Lines?

NFL changes rules for bags entering stadium, Kevin Sumlin may have been next in line for Eagles job, and more in this edition of the Newswire.


Houston Texans News

The Quest to Quantify Watt's 2012 Season Continues.

Is it really possible that we've undervalued the 2012 season that J.J. Watt? If you read BRB probably not, but the national media continues to delve into last year's number in amazement.

Watt obliterated the unofficial NFL records for batted passes (16) and defeats (56) -- 11 more than the previous record held by Ray Lewis in 1999. Pro Football Focus credited Watt with 72 total stops -- 18 more than the next-closest lineman. According to Advanced NFL Stats, Watt's 39 tackles for loss were 21 more than second-place Geno Atkins' 18.

The only person qualified enough to put Watt in perspective is Wade Phillips. Phillips has coached Bruce Smith and Reggie White during his time in the league.

There you have it. That may be some good ol' coach-speak. Either way - I've got my popcorn ready.


So Long Bag Line?

The NFL is implementing a league-wide plan to crack down on bags of all kinds coming into NFL stadiums. The NFL is limiting the size of bags to (/yells at girlfriend. Honey! What is that small bag called again?)....a clutch.

1. Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12." (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at

2. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).

3. Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.

4. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

BRB, what do you think of this? Personaly, the females in my life have planned ahead for years now to avoid the bag line. That said, I realize that can't be done in all cases. Has the NFL gone too far?


Would You Like Home Installation With Your HDTV Purchase?

The new video boards in Reliant Stadium are taking shape nicely.

The team website also put up a video showing the HD panels being put into place. My only question is where do I hook my Xbox up? It's time for giant size Madden.


Around the League

Brett Favre Saying All the Right Things.

Growing up, Brett Favre was my favorite quarterback. Who wouldn't like a great quarterback that played with a smile on his face? It also helped that I've always had a predisposition for the Packers. My grandparents live in Green Bay. As you might imagine, they are giant Packer fans. It has been tough to watch my boyhood idol crumble before my own eyes. He went from big kid to Prima Donna overnight. Turn to today. Favre is making every effort to get back in Green Bay's good graces.

"Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that's why they drafted him," Favre said. "Barring any injury he'll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games. But the guy has been tremendous, great move on their part."

"There were no problems between Aaron and I," Favre said. "I had no problem with him becoming the next quarterback for the Packers. It was bound to happen at some point. I have no problems with the success that he's had. In fact, I'm proud of him."

Favre sounds like a guy that found his clothes thrown all the lawn, making every concession and apology he can. Favre should be back in Green Bay in some way or another, no matter how long it takes.


Luck is More Like David Carr Than You Might Think.

Not in skill of course. Luck is a better quarterback by far. But when it comes to being knocked on his butt, David Carr and Andrew Luck have a lot in common. Luck was the fourth most sacked quarterback in the league last year. Luck's mobility helped him tremendously from being higher on that list. Colts GM Ryan Grigson talks about the Colts' need to protect Luck in that article. My guess is, Grigson asked the question, "How old is J.J. Watt? 24?! Son of..."


McGahee Bucked Off Broncos.

The Broncos have cut ties with veteran running back Willis McGahee. McGahee arrived on the scene during the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, when Ohio State safety Will Allen destroyed McGahee's knee. McGahee came back from ACL, PCL, and MCL tears to become a two-time Pro Bowler over ten years in the NFL. Truly amazing. I wish him the best of luck if he finds a home elsewhere.


The Future Is Now.

With the news of McGahee's release, the Broncos also announced the signing of the 58th pick overall - Montee Ball. In other signing news, both Tavon Austin and E.J. Manuel have both signed with their respective teams.


Cruz Can Not Hold On Any Longer.

Victor Cruz is set to sign $2.87M tender with New York Giants, Cruz hopes to continue discussions of a long-term deal with the Giants. If Cruz hadn't signed the tender by Monday, the Giants could have reduced the tender to $636,000. The Giants may have won this battle, but the war appears to be still raging on.


Kevin Sumlin, Soon-To-Be NFL Coach?

I say this in the most polite way possible. The Aggies had been twiddling their thumbs for a long time before Kevin Sumlin came to town. The last time that A&M won 10 games in a season, before 2012, was 1998. That is 14 years of failing to live up to high expectations. Much to my chagrin, the Aggies made the right choice and hired the former University of Houston coach. Sumlin has brought energy to Aggie Football that it's never seen before, not to mention the fact that he's made it cool to go to College Station. That last part is probably his best magic trick of all.

It's no surprise that NFL owners took note of the Aggies' success and started looking at Sumlin to coach their team. Apparently, the Eagles came close to doing just that. Personally, it can't come soon enough. Sumlin couldn't have possibly hit more of a home run in his first season, and it makes me (and my U.T. Diploma) sick to my stomach. Question to BRB...if things don't go well for Kubiak and the boys this year and a change is made - would you want the Texans digging in the Aggie well one more time? I say yes.