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Houston Texans News: November 3, 2016

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, November 3, 2016.

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Houston Texans News

Andre Johnson says 'I will always be a Texan' - Houston Chronicle
In the wake of former Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson announcing his retirement this week from the NFL, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection broke his silence and issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Three keys for Texans defense
The Texans defense hopes to improve in several areas, heading into the second half of the 2016 season.

Three keys for Texans offense
Offensive coordinator George Godsey discussed areas of improvement for the Texans offense heading into the second half of 2016.

Mike Vrabel sees toughness from Texans' John Simon - Houston Chronicle
For Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, his roots with linebacker John Simon go back to Ohio State where he coached the former Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Texans pleased with kicker Nick Novak - Houston Chronicle
Texans veteran kicker Nick Novak has displayed accuracy and leg strength during the first half of the regular season.

NFL News

The NFL’s hot new trend? Backside pulling guards! -
NFL defenses are getting more diabolical every week. An NFL offensive lineman explains how teams are using leaner, more agile offensive guards as counter weapons.

The Falcons and Kyle Shanahan are growing together -
Kyle Shanahan has always had a knack for the Xs and Os. With the Falcons, he’s mastering the other ingredients it takes to make a great team.

Why NFL TV ratings are down, and why you don't have to care -
Football fans aren’t watching. They’re not missing anything.

Here’s how the Vikings’ offense can get back on track without Norv Turner -
Pat Shurmur and Sam Bradford know how to elevate terrible offenses to mediocre ones.

NFL panic index, Week 9: Remember when we said the Cowboys couldn’t win without Tony Romo? -
Welp, we were wrong.

Houston & Collegiate News

On The Astros: A Cespedes For The Best Of Us - The Crawfish Boxes
Will the Astros pursue Yoenis Cespedes? Should they?

Rockets play complete game, blow out Knicks 118-99 - The Dream Shake
James Harden led a total team effort in beating New York by 19.

Charlie Strong’s third season at Texas has produced progress through eight games - Burnt Orange Nation
If progress was the goal, Charlie Strong’s third season in Austin is on pace to be a success.

Texas Tech Men’s Basketball Preview: Returning Players - Viva The Matadors
Last Season’s Core Is Back and Better Than Ever.

Hate and Sadness: A Rival Perspective on the Baylor Scandal - Frogs O' War
Hating Baylor has always come naturally for TCU fans, which makes sorting through the current scandal difficult, and gives game week a very different feel this time.

Podcast Episode 109: Everything is Dumb - Our Daily Bears
Everything is dumb. All of it. Losing sucks and the rankings don’t matter.

THE TAILGATE: A Graphical Preview of Texas A&M at Mississippi State - Good Bull Hunting

The Week That Will Be: On the Road Again - Barking Carnival
The Horns head out on the road again...what can go wrong?

The Bull & Its Horns: Q&A With Gorgeous George Malki - Dynamo Theory
An athletic, lockdown defender, George Malki was a huge part of the Toros’ success in 2016.