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Houston Texans News: January 9, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, January 9, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

Texans fire offensive line coach Dunn - Ultimate Texans
The Texans will have a new offensive line coach for the third consecutive season.

Report: Houston Texans exec Mike Maccagnan to get second GM interview - ESPN New York
Candidate has ties to Charlie Casserly and head coach candidates Gary Kubiak and Doug Marrone.

Onus falls on general manager Rick Smith to sustain Texans’ success - Ultimate Texans
The Texans are light-years ahead of where they were at this time last year.

Around the League

Breaking Madden: The quest for 18,356 rushing yards in one game -
The Dallas Cowboys must be destroyed, and Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record must be broken. Clarence BEEFTANK, the hero of Breaking Madden, has 60 minutes to break it.

Ravens must limit Rob Gronkowski to beat New England -
Stopping the beast is easier said than done, but if Baltimore is going to upset New England, it will have to contain Rob Gronkowski.

Bears hire Ryan Pace as general manager -
The Chicago Bears have hired Ryan Pace as their general manager. Now the search for a head coach can begin.

Rob Gronkowski, the world's weightless all-time jock -
Rob Gronkowski is a weightless thing. Not literally: if he's in shape, he's right at 266 pounds or so. And because he is in shape, Rob Gronkowski weighs exactly 266 pounds right now, give or take a...

Mueller Report finds NFL didn't have in-elevator Ray Rice video before release -
Robert Mueller has released his report on the Ray Rice investigation.

Same old Cleveland Browns -
When Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns in 2012, it was supposed to usher in a new era of stability and a commitment to winning. So what happened?

Thomas Davis and the Panthers have been here before -
As a rookie with Carolina in 2005, linebacker Thomas Davis got his first taste of playoff success and disappointment. Now, the most tenured player on the team is going back to Seattle with a chance at a different outcome.

The real value of rushing yards in the NFL -
Two teams that run the ball exceptionally well, the Seahawks and the Panthers, will square off for a chance to play in the NFC title game. Danny Kelly writes that it's a clear reminder of how balance and creativity are the key to success.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

What the Astros have left to do this offseason - The Crawfish Boxes
Is the roster-building done? Do they have holes that need to be fixed?

James Harden puts on show as Rockets cruise past Knicks - The Dream Shake
The Rockets played the Knicks tonight, need I say more?

Texas DT Malcom Brown declares for the 2015 NFL Draft - Burnt Orange Nation
It's time.

Should Kirby Hocutt be the Big 12's next CFP Member? - Viva The Matadors
With Oliver Luck leaving to go to the NCAA, the Big 12 will need a new member as part of the College Football Playoff committee. Is Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt the best candidate?

Way-Too-Early 2015 Baylor Depth Charts (Updated 1/8) - Our Daily Bears
The 2014/15 Baylor Football season has come to a close and with it, the careers of many outstanding Baylor players, the loss of whom will be dearly felt. But we can take a look now at how things might look when the Bears take the field again.

Kenny Hill to transfer from Texas A&M - Good Bull Hunting
The former starting Aggie QB looks to be headed out of Aggieland.

Nate Boyer: De Oppresso Liber - Barking Carnival
If you're a Longhorn, read this. Then pass it on.