Head Coach Bill O'Brien's Views on Ryan Mallet and Arian Foster.


"Just on yesterday's performance, we understand that once again it wasn't a very acceptable performance. It's not acceptable at all. Nobody is more frustrated than we are in this building, coaches and players alike. I really do believe that there are many things we have to coach better. The players know that they have to play better. We're going to work very hard to put together a better game plan for the Tennessee game, and we're counting on our fans. We're back home here, divisional opponent. We have great fans here in Houston and we're looking forward to playing in front of those fans on Sunday. As I talked about yesterday after the game, we're dealing with Ryan Mallett and that situation internally, (Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager) Rick Smith and I. So I won't have any comments regarding that at this point. Arian Foster will undergo an MRI I believe today, might be at it right now. I know he's hurt. He worked hard to come back for the season, had the groin injury, and now this injury. He's a guy that's proven he can come back from injury and I'm sure once he's able to rehab it, he'll rehab it very diligently and try to come back. We're all supportive of him in that rehab. With that, I'll open it to questions.

D.J. Swearinger Has Had Week 3 Circled All Year Long


"You think about it every day," the Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety said Wednesday. "You think about the team giving up on you. Whatever the case came down to being, the team still gave up on you after you've been there for a couple years."

"I believe everything happens for a reason. There's a reason that I came here. There's a reason that they let me [go]. You've got to make the most out of it. And that's what I'm doing."

Read more on what D.J. Swearinger had to say about the Texans here.

ESPN Ranks Texans 26th Best Roster In NFL


Any time you have a quarterback competition between Hoyer and Mallett, your roster has at least one major hole -- and unfortunately it is at the most important position. The offense has significant depth concerns across the board.

DeAndre Hopkins Has League-High 38.6% Of Team's Receiving Yards


While his 69 receptions is tied for only 24th in this era where catching passes is easier than ever, he’s averaging an impressive 16.9 yards per reception.

No player with more than 50 receptions has a higher yards per catch average, which is why Hopkins ranks 9th in receiving yards despite ranking 24th in receptions.

But 9th is still just 9th, which is a long cry from 1st. But consider that the Texans are just 31st in pass attempts this year: in that light, ranking 9th looks a lot more impressive. And then consider the state of the Houston quarterback play.

The Texans actually rank above average in yards per attempt, but there’s a reason that statistic is misleading: that reason is DeAndre Hopkins.

Read more statistical analysis on Hopkins from Football Perspective

TMQ's Blurb On Texans-Giants


Buck-Buck-Brawkkkkkk (Vengeance of the Football Gods Edition):

Down 17-0 in the third quarter at Jersey/A, Houston took a field goal on fourth-and-inches from the Giants' 9. Sure, a fourth down try by the Texans failed on the previous possession, but that was then, this is now! That a coin has come up tails 10 straight times tells nothing about what will happen on the 11th flip.

Now it's 17-3. Facing third-and-2 on the Moo Cows' 44, the Giants throw incomplete and are called for offensive pass interference. Bill O'Brien declines the penalty, confident Tom Coughlin will punt on fourth-and-2 in Houston territory, which Coughlin proceeds to do. Both coaches were in buck-buck-buck mode.

Now it's Jersey/A 20, Houston 10 in the fourth quarter. Facing fourth-and-1 on his own 36, O'Brien sends in the punt unit. You're down two scores in the fourth quarter and you need one yard -- why are you punting? At this point, the football gods had had enough and commanded the punt be blocked -- the decisive down of the host's victory.

Tuesday Morning Quarterback article for 9/23/14, retrieved the same day from

Arian Foster Supports Andre Johnson 100%


"He is Houston. I remember when I had my little run where I had like two back-to-back great seasons. I felt like this city loves me, they love me here. Everywhere I go, this is still Dre’s city. I don’t care if James Harden is walking around, Dwight Howard, whatever. This is Andre Johnson’s city. He is Houston. That’s what it means more than anything. He’s been a staple here for so long."

Arian Foster on Andre Johnson

Defending Bridgewater: "Turn on the tape"


"What’s being said in the media is not necessarily being said in draft rooms by people who are being paid to be in the know and who need to do their due diligence and homework," says Texas assistant Shawn Watson, who served as Bridgewater’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Louisville. "I just know in the end, he has all the traits for a can’t-miss player.
"I’ve seen his accuracy. I’ve seen his competitiveness, his decision making. I’ve seen how he’s been such a great student, learning how to enhance his game, to use his eyes as a weapon, develop his feet, develop his pocket awareness, learn to be a full-field read guy, take us to the line of scrimmage and put us in the right play or spin our protection to pick up the blitz."

Defending Bridgewater: "Turn on the tape"

Andre Johnson: Draftnik


"I have thought about different scenarios. Me personally, if I had it, I would probably trade it, but that's just my opinion. That doesn't make it right. Doesn't mean they should listen to me, because I am not the GM. I have never had to sit in the draft room like that."

Andre Johnson on what he'd do with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft

Another Texans Coaching Vacancy Filled?


"Brian [Ferentz] was the Hawkeyes' offensive line coach (also working with the tight ends) the past two years after four seasons with the New England Patriots, and he just accepted a position on Bill O'Brien's staff with the Houston Texans."

Eric Edholm's article on Yahoo! Sports

There's nothing from the usual sports reports or official announcements, but thanks to grandmasteroz for bringing this to our attention.
If true, Ferentz would represent yet another former member of the Patriots joining the Texans' staff.

Spotrac: Watt's Next Contract Will Probably Be Huge


"Watt's production is so far ahead of any other pass rusher in the game right now, that even comparing him to the best of the best isn't enough to "de-value" him in terms of overall dollars.
He scored an average of 79% better than the top-paid defensive ends in football, a figure that when factored into our base contract numbers turn into:

Spotrac's Prediction: 6 years, $142,272,798"

[Relevant disclaimer]
"While it may seem outrageous to assume the Texans or any team might actually make an offer this high - we're simply determining the true value of Watt at this moment in time - as outrageous as it may result in."

Read the full analysis of Watt's true value on Spotrac.