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Houston Texans News

Blame for Texans Not Making Postseason Should Go to GM Rick Smith | Bleacher Report
Rivers McCown weighs in with who should bear the brunt of the criticism for the Texans' failure to make the playoffs.

What We Learned: Jaguars-Texans
What We Learned from the Jaguars’ 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday …

Uncertainty at quarterback makes Texans' prospects murkier - Houston Chronicle
Among the weakest positions a columnist can take is "I have no idea," but you want the truth, right?

Quarterback riddle to dominate offseason for Texans - Houston Chronicle
Entering their second NFL offseason together, the principal priority for Texans general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien is to solidify the most important position on the team by the start of next season.

After a successful Year One, O'Brien eyes next phase for Texans - Houston Chronicle
After 12 months - the draft, training camp, 16 games, four quarterbacks - O'Brien walked away from a year on the job knowing his team had his back the entire season.

Around the League

Black Monday: Marc Trestman, Rex Ryan among coaches fired - SBNation.com
The Bears also fired general manager Phil Emery on Monday.

The Dallas Cowboys 'fixed December' - SBNation.com
A 4-0 record in the last month of the season, undefeated on the road all year -- the Dallas Cowboys are cruising into the playoffs, and even Jerry Jones is a little surprised by their success.

NFL coaching rumors 2015: Tracking top candidates for Bears, 49ers and the other vacancies - SBNation.com
Who will coach your favorite team next season?

Jim Harbaugh's greatest hits, NFL edition - SBNation.com
Cheap pants, sideline freakouts and whole bunch of a winning ... Jim Harbaugh's four years as the 49ers head coach has been fun.

Johnny Manziel says he has to stop acting like a jackass - SBNation.com
The Browns quarterback said he didn't throw a party that caused he and teammates to miss team activities.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Revisiting the 12-player trade between the Padres and Astros 20 years later - Gaslamp Ball
Today marks 20 years since the monumental 12-player trade between the Padres and the Astros took place. The sheer quantity of players involved would still be noteworthy, but the fact that 11 of the...

Houston Rockets pay the price, lose 104-103 to the Washington Wizards - The Dream Shake
A malfunctioning rim, a flurry of missed free throws and turnovers, all attributed to a close loss to the Washington Wizards, 104-103.

Murphy's Law rules Texas Longhorns blowout by Arkansas Razorbacks in Texas Bowl - Burnt Orange Nation
In an absolutely brutal loss, the only consolation was that it wasn't the worst offensive performance ever by the Longhorns. And that is the smallest of victories.

Why Texas Tech Has Defensive Line Problems and How to Fix It - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech has been wrestling with a defensive line problem since 2010 and now it's time to figure out how to fix it.

Why Texas Tech Has Defensive Line Problems and How to Fix It - Viva The Matadors
Texas Tech has been wrestling with a defensive line problem since 2010 and now it's time to figure out how to fix it.

Frogs handle Tigers 60-40, go undefeated in Non-Conference - Frogs O' War
It wasn't always pretty, but the Frogs did enough to not only win against Tennessee State, but close out their non-conference with a bit of a statement.

Baylor Bears vs. Michigan State: Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears
Taking a look at what Football Outsiders' advanced metrics have to say about the Cotton Bowl Matchup between the Bears and the Spartans.

Baylor Bears vs. Michigan State: Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears
Taking a look at what Football Outsiders' advanced metrics have to say about the Cotton Bowl Matchup between the Bears and the Spartans.

POSTGAME THOUGHTS--LIBERTY BOWL - Good Bull Hunting
Last time.

Shooting From the Hip: Arkansas 31, Texas 7 - Barking Carnival
Arkansas wins the battle of toothless fans versus a toothless offense.