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Houston Texans News: January 16, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, January 16, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans’ Bill O’Brien just beginning to evaluate Johnny Manziel
Coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday the Texans are a "long way" from making a decision about the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the team will primarily look for a player who can help the organization win.

Houston attorney: Not enough money in NFL concussion settlement
While the NFL and the lead attorney representing more than 4,500 players that have filed suit against the league said Tuesday they are confident a federal judge eventually will approve a proposed $765 million settlement agreement, a Houston attorney who was involved in a similar multi-district lawsuit said Tuesday the judge’s concerns could jeopardize the agreement.

Bob McNair has high praise for Jadeveon Clowney
Just like the 2006 NFL draft, the Texans could use the top pick on an athletic defensive end.

Schrager's Mock Draft 2.0.: All the early entries are here | FOX Sports on MSN
Now that Teddy Bridgewater and the like have declared their intentions for the NFL Draft, where will the pieces fall? Let's start the fan.

2014 NFL mock draft: Version 7.0 | CSN Houston
Texans owner Bob McNair stated that Clowney is a "once in every 10 years" sort of defensive prospect.

Kiper mock 1.0 reaction: Houston Texans - ESPN
In his first mock draft , Mel Kiper mocked Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to the Houston Texans. This would be easily the most interesting...

What went wrong? Receivers - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
While we've named this series What went wrong? that's not to say every position underperformed. As the offseason progresses, we take a look at the...

Around the League

Vikings Officially Announce Zimmer As Head Coach - Daily Norseman
It took awhile for the official team announcement, but hey, better late than never.

NFL Conference Championship picks: Our experts predict AFC, NFC winners -
SB Nation's NFL experts are back to predict who will win NFC and AFC championships Sunday.

2014 NFL Conference championships, daily briefing: Tom Brady misses practices, Manning explains "OMAHA!" -
Injury updates, why Peyton Manning was yelling Omaha, Jim Harbaugh's cheap pants and more in today's daily briefing.

49ers vs. Seahawks: Colin Kaepernick talks 12th Man, trusting his receivers and more - Niners Nation
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick met with the media Wednesday afternoon. He discussed going to an environment like CenturyLink Field, the trust he has in his receivers and more. We have a transcript for your reading pleasure.

NFC Championship Game: Reviewing the 49ers, previewing the Seahawks - Field Gulls
Can anything be learned from San Francisco's victory over Carolina?

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros offseason: Community Leaders billboard a lightning rod for public trust in team - The Crawfish Boxes
Gaining back the public's trust is much harder than it was to lose for the Astros.

Rockets Scoop Up A Victory: 103 - 100 in New Orleans - The Dream Shake
The Rockets came from behind to scoop a victory from the Pelicans' in the fourth quarter behind a career night for Terrence Jones.

Dominic Kinnear, expert thrift shopper - Dynamo Theory
Houston doesn't need a flashy signing when we have the best thrift shopper in the league in Dom Kinnear.

We Live to Prove the Naysayers Wrong: An Interview With Kliff Kingsbury - Viva The Matadors

Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and answer a few questions. Keeping things true to form, we covered everything from recruiting to life's difficult choices.

Texas Longhorns announce new coaching staff - Burnt Orange Nation
The new coaching staff for the Texas Longhorns was introduced on Wednesday by new head coach Charlie Strong, who finally revealed which member of the offensive brain trust will call plays.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - If the #Texans do pass on a QB in R1, what QB and in which round would you like to see the position addressed? #TTTQ