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Houston Texans News: January 8, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans confirm dismissal of 16 assistant coaches | ProFootballTalk
Bill Kollar is the last link to the Gary Kubiak era on the Texans coaching staff. The Texans confirmed Tuesday that new coach Bill O'Brien has decided to keep Kollar as defensive line coach and let go of the other 16 coaches from Kubiak's final staff in Houston.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Blake Bortles No. 1 to the Texans makes sense -
In a class that lacks a consensus top quarterback prospect, it shouldn't shock anyone if the Houston Texans draft Central Florida's Blake Bortles with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Houston Texans' DeAndre Hopkins makes all-rookie team - ESPN
It's difficult to assess wide receivers when a team's quarterback situation is as scrambled as the Texans' was this past season. Rhythm and chemistry...

Is safety a need for the Houston Texans? - ESPN
One more Insider post to call your attention to today. This is actually a story from a week ago, but at that time the Texans were on the verge of...

Around the League

Detroit Lions interview ex-Texans coach Gary Kubiak -
Gary Kubiak isn't ready to ride into the sunset just yet. The former coach of the Houston Texans interviewed for the Lions vacancy in Detroit on Tuesday, the team announced.

2014 NFL awards: Peyton Manning, Robert Quinn lead SB Nation's list of honors -
SB Nation's NFL bloggers voted on awards for the end of the 2013-14 NFL season.

NFL playoffs 2014: Referee assignments for Divisional Round games -
Here is the list of referees assigned to each Divisional Round game this week.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Kill Your Hero (Ball) - The Dream Shake
A look at the practical implications of hero ball, James Harden's production, and the Houston Rockets' actual scoring efficiency and scoring rates. It's time to cut James Harden's isolation ball some slack.

Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets look to avenge an early-season loss to the Lakers tonight at the Toyota Center.

How will Charlie Strong fill his staff at Texas? - Burnt Orange Nation
Bennie Wylie is out and Pat Moorer apparently will replace Wylie as the football strength and conditioning coach. What about the other positions on Charlie Strong's first staff at Texas?

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Are you a fan of the idea of Romeo Crennel being the #Texans' defensive coordinator? Why or why not? #TTTQ