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Houston Texans News: January 2, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, January 2, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

Vince Young would have stayed at Texas if he knew Houston wouldn’t draft him - Sports Update
In an NFL Films interview that will air Friday on the Texas-USC Rose Bowl in January 2006, former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young says he would have returned to Texas for the 2006 season had he known the Texans would not select him in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Connecting dots between Casserly, Marrone and Maccagnan - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
It would hardly be a shock if the Jets' concurrent searches end with a Marrone-Maccagnan tandem.

Katy boy says J.J. Watt is MVP after his prized poster of player survives house fire | News - Home
Texans fans know J.J. Watt is unstoppable on the football field. But a little boy from Katy thinks Watt is indestructible after his prized poster of the Texans player survived a fire.

Around the League

The NFL quarterbacks who create something out of nothing -
This year's NFL postseason field is headlined by a new generation of mobile, savvy quarterbacks who create big plays from outside the pocket. SB Nation goes deep for a closer look at how they do it, and how defenses can try to stop them.

How the Cardinals can beat the Panthers -
If the struggling Cardinals are going to beat the Panthers this weekend, they'll need to stop Cam Newton, says retired NFL defensive end Stephen White.

NFL playoff picks: Cowboys, Steelers favorites to win Wild Card games -
The Wild Card round has arrived and our experts are here to tell you who's going on and who's going home.

Doug Marrone got $4 million to voluntarily leave the Bills -
The Bills will be paying their former head coach $4 million next season no matter what he does next.

Ravens vs. Steelers: Changing the game plan if Le'Veon Bell sits -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White explains how the Ravens could make life very difficult for Ben Roethlisberger if the Steelers don't have running back Le'Veon Bell for their Wild Card game Saturday.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Evaluating Houston Astros Farmhand Brett Phillips - The Crawfish Boxes
Prospect lists weren't built for guys like Brett Phillips, who came almost out of nowhere in 2014, landing on several top ten lists of Astros prospects.

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets look to start a winning streak and avenge a December loss to the Pelicans tonight in New Orleans.

Texas coaching changes: Six candidates for WRs coach and TEs coach - Burnt Orange Nation
Working through the names out there and assessing each candidate's fit to join Charlie Strong's staff.

Fursday Funnies: 1/1/2015 - Viva The Matadors
In a new offseason segment, I look a funny pictures, videos and articles in the sports sphere. Still no switchblades though

Three Up, Three Down - We Ran the Rebs - Frogs O' War
In a dominant performance in SEC Country, who had fans feeling the peachiest of all?

2015 Cotton Bowl Final: Michigan State stuns Baylor 42-41 - Our Daily Bears
With 4:03 left in the third quarter, Baylor led 41-21 and looked to be in complete control of the game. Then we got TCU'd.

John Chavis will be Texas A&M's New Defensive Coordinator - Good Bull Hunting
Former Tennessee and LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has agreed to become Texas A&M's new defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

Charlie Strong pulls 4 Star CB Davante Davis out of Florida - Barking Carnival