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Houston Texans News: January 5, 2015

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Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, January 5, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

Texans' 9-7 record no guarantee of future success in NFL - Houston Chronicle
The NFL thrives on parity. An 8-8 record is average and annually within reach. A 9-7 mark is slightly better but provides no guarantee of making the postseason.

Jets to interview Eagles' Rick Mueller on Sunday, Texans' Mike Maccagnan on Monday | NJ.com
Two more general manager candidates to sit down with owner Woody Johnson.

Wade Phillips set to interview for Redskins’ defensive coordinator job - Ultimate Texans
Wade Phillips wants to get back in the NFL. The longtime pro coach and defensive coordinator has a shot.

J.J. Watt Indestructible? Poster of Texans Defensive End Survives Fire That Razes Family Home [VIDEO] : NFL : Sports World News
In 2014, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had a dream year. That included proving to be indestructible.

Around the League

Refs aside, Jim Caldwell helped the Lions lose to the Cowboys - SBNation.com
Lions fans should be a bit mad at the referees for what happened as they tried to seal a win. They should be just as mad at their coach, though.

Refs announce PI on Cowboys, then withdraw it after complaints - SBNation.com
This was odd.

A missive from Brig. Gen. Andrew Luck on the Battle at Lucas Oil - SBNation.com
Brig. Gen. Andrew Luck sent a dispatch to his beloved Martha after defeating the marauding Cincinnati Bengals.

Refs explain picking up controversial pass interference flag against Cowboys - SBNation.com
Head referee Pete Morelli discussed the process by which his crew chose to overturn the call that led to a Cowboys' comeback.

Bengals vs. Colts final score: 3 things we learned from Indianapolis' second-half domination - SBNation.com
Andrew Luck may be good enough to carry a flawed Colts team a long way in the playoffs.

2015 NFL Draft order: Wild card games set picks 1-24 - SBNation.com
Four more picks in this year's draft are in place starting with the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21.

The Panthers' playoff makeover - SBNation.com
The ugly duckling of the NFL playoffs used a stifling defense and hard-charging running game to get a Wild Card weekend win. Just how far deep into the postseason can the Panthers go?

Houston & Collegiate Sports

2015 Hall of Fame Ballot: Craig Biggio - Pinstripe Alley
Middle infielder with 3000+ hits, 250+ home runs, 350+ steals. No, not Derek Jeter.

Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls game preview - The Dream Shake
The Rockets look to remain afloat in the Western Conference standings when they travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls.

WR Gilbert Johnson joins rest of Florida 5 by committing to the Texas Longhorns - Burnt Orange Nation
All five are ready to ride.

Stuart Scott will live forever - Viva The Matadors
Rest in peace, brotha.

Welcome (back) to Earth: Mountaineers beat Frogs 78-67 - Frogs O' War
West Virginia dominated the paint against the Frogs, and as a result walked out of a foul-filled conference opener with a win.

Baylor Football 2014-2015 Final Offensive/Defensive Statistics - Our Daily Bears
With the 2014-15 season now over, we can take stock of what happened statistically in another Big 12 Championship campaign.

Instant Reaction: Aggies outlast Hartford 58-49 - Good Bull Hunting
Hartford hung tough, thanks in no small part to A&M's 0% three point shooting, but the good guys prevailed. Jones, Roberson, and Caruso led the effort.

2015 Texas Longhorns Recruiting: The Path To A Top 5 Finish - Barking Carnival
Texas looks to finish strong in the last month before signing day.