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Houston Texans News: January 8, 2018

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, January 8, 2018.

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Houston Texans News

Patriots block Texans’ request to interview Nick Caserio for GM opening, report says
Caserio can interview with the Texans once the Patriots’ season is over, however.

Report: Will McClay staying with Cowboys, declines Texans’ request – ProFootballTalk
Will McClay declined the Texans' request for an interview, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. McClay will remain with the Cowboys as their VP of player personnel. The Texans are seeking a General Manager to replace Rick Smith, who is taking a year-long leave of absence.

New England Patriots reject Houston Texans' request to interview top executives for GM job
The Patriots have rejected the Texans' request to interview two of their top executives, Nick Caserio and Monti Ossenfort, for their vacant GM job, a source told ESPN.

Houston Texans suite holders get more ways to network and grow their business - Houston Business Journal
At the recent Texans-49ers game, Houston Texans suite holders were invited to a private pre-game reception to meet former Texans players. It was a chance to talk with Kevin Walter, Steve Slaton and Travis Johnson, NFL stars fans have followed for years. After the game, suite holders were invited onto the field to take photos, meet cheerleaders and toss around footballs.

Texans' search for a new GM begins with a flurry - Houston Chronicle
Sunday was a whirlwind day for the Texans as they begin the interview process this week to replace general manager Rick Smith.

Texans GM interviews get underway with some snags - Houston Chronicle
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst came to Houston on Saturday and was supposed to interview today for the Texans' general manager job but returned to the Packers as their new general manager.

Dallas Cowboys: Despite report, Cowboys' Will McClay has not spoken with Texans about GM position | SportsDay
Reports have circulated over the last few days that Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay is a candidate for the Houston Texans' general manager position.

A look at where the Houston Texans' coaching staff stands - AFC South- ESPN
The NFL coaching musical chairs season is under way, and many of the Texans' assistants are part of it. Here's where Houston's coaching staff stands.

Examining Texans options at left tackle in free agency
The Houston Texans need help at the left tackle position. These are the options that are due to become available in free agency.

Texans strength coach Craig Fitzgerald joins Tennessee staff, praised by Johnathan Joseph - Houston Chronicle
Texans strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald has resigned from the coaching staff after accepting the University of Tennessee strength and conditioning job.

Texans organization wins number of awards in 2017
The Texans were recognized for a number of awards for their contributions to business, sports, community and leadership in 2017.

NFL News

Marcus Mariota’s heroic effort against the Chiefs, plus 6 things we loved from NFL Wild Card Weekend -
Sean McDonough’s voice is broken, flags were caught, and Alvin Kamara was dealing.

Panthers’ comeback sunk by 3 costly mistakes in the final 2 minutes -
The Panthers’ late-game problems wiped the Saints’ Wild Card mistakes clean.

Why the Packers promoted Brian Gutekunst to GM, in a 90-second read -
The Packers promoted Brian Gutekunst to GM on the same day the Texans planned to interview him.

Blake Bortles’ performance vs. the Bills would’ve made Tim Tebow proud -
Blake Bortles gave a uniquely ugly performance in a playoff win that only few quarterbacks in NFL history could pull off.

Panthers vs. Saints: Vintage Drew Brees performance got New Orleans a 31-26 win -
The Saints offense has revolved around Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram this season, but Brees was the star on Sunday.

Bills vs. Jaguars: Jacksonville’s 10-3 win was a better game than you think -
It wasn’t a high-scoring showdown, but it was a hell of a lot of fun.

Falcons refuse to be defined by THAT incident they still can’t talk about -
28-3 ... it still stings for the Falcons, but a year later, they’re on a mission to bury history.

Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue says Bills’ Richie Incognito used racial slurs -
Yannick Ngakoue referenced the Dolphins’ 2013 bullying scandal in a tweet accusing Richie Incognito of using racial slurs Sunday.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros Top Three Catching Prospects For 2018 - The Crawfish Boxes
Here are the top three prospects in the Astros system at the catcher position.

Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls game preview - The Dream Shake
Timing is everything.

Texas signees BJ Foster and DeMarvion Overshown shine in Under Armour All-America game - Burnt Orange Nation
DBU coming back to Austin, y’all.

Weekly War Zone: Old Man Game > New Kid on the Block - Frogs O' War
Jevon Carter taught Trae Young a thing or two Saturday night in Morgantown.

Baylor-West Virginia Preview and Prediction - Our Daily Bears
The Bears travel to Morgantown for a tough contest.

Texas Tech basketball: What’s good enough? - Viva The Matadors
From Billy Clyde Gillispie to Chris Beard. We made it.

LSU Stuns Texas A&M 69-68 - Good Bull Hunting
A last second three by Tremont Waters doomed the Aggies to an 0-3 start in SEC play.

Tigers Topple Texas Aggies 69-68 in College Station - And The Valley Shook
A slow first half in College Station ended with a wild finish as LSU (10-3, 1-1 SEC) clinched its first SEC win of the season over No. 11 Texas A&M (11-4, 0-3 SEC).

Shooting From the Corner: Baylor 69, Texas 60 - Barking Carnival
The margin for error in the Big 12 is tiny, as Texas learned today in their 69-60 loss to the Art Briles Apologists. The first road loss for the Longhorns is a painful one on a number of levels,...

FCS Championship Recap: North Dakota State 17, James Madison 13 - Underdog Dynasty
North Dakota State claims its sixth FCS title in the last seven years.

Houston Dynamo 2018 Season Schedule Announced - Dynamo Theory
The 2018 Houston Dynamo season schedule has been released.