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  • Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT Play Safe Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Football Clinics! These clinics will highlight the importance of concussion awareness,  proper hydration, and nutrition.

    Special guests will include experts in related fields, Houston Texans Ambassadors, and Texans Cheerleaders!  Participants will hear from guest speakers and then take part in interactive football drills. 
    Play Safe Football Clinics
    9:30am: Check-in
    10:00am-12:30pm: Clinics

    March 7: Cinco Ranch High School
    March 21: James Driver Park
    April 11: Pearland Junior High West
    April 25: Capmbell Middle School

    These events are free, however registration is required. There are four different dates and locations to choose from. Space is limited, so register for a clinic near you today through this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/footballclinic.html
  • Thu., Apr. 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light

    The 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light isThursday, April 30 at NRG Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

    NFL Network’s draft coverage will be shown on the HD televisions throughout the 100 Level Concourse and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live, with commentary and analysis from “The Voice of the Texans,” Marc Vandermeer, and a number of special guests. When the Texans make their first-round pick, fans at the Draft Party will hear from the player first as part of Texans Radio’s live broadcast.

    Texans Ambassadors will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Texans fans can also get their first glimpse of the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders when the squad makes its debut performance at the event. 

    Young fans can play in the TORO’s Kids Club Zone presented by Kroger, which will feature interactive games, a balloon artist and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder. Fans can also take photos in Memory Alley located on the concourse. 

    Get more information on the event here.



  • Fri., May. 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT NFL Draft Day 3 from Houston Texans Grille

    Stop by the Houston Texans Grille (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Saturday, May 2 from 10:30am – 6:30pm for a chance to announce a Texans Draft Pick live on TV or chance to win tons of other prizes!

    All of the Texans draft picks that day will be made by Texans fans live from the Grille, with at least one on NFL Network and the rest on NFL.com. See rules - http://bit.ly/1Eid0WN

    Texans Radio with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer and special guests, will be broadcasting LIVE the entire time. Plus, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Ambassadors will be there for autographs and pictures!

  • Sun., May. 03, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans All Access: 2015 Draft on KTRK ABC 13

    Tune in to KTRK ABC 13 in Houston on Sunday, May 3 at 11pm to catch the Texans TV special, Texans All Access: 2015 Draft.  This will be an exclusive look into the day of the Texans first round draft pick, as well as an analysis of all the 2015 Texans draft picks from Texans TV Insiders.

    Fans throughout Texas, be sure to check your local TV listings for air dates and times in your area.

  • Tue., May. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Ste 208, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 & Beltway 8), as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

  • Sun., May. 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Gridiron Gang Auditions

    Are you motivated, outgoing and passionate? Well then, we're looking for you to audition for the Houston Texans Gridiron Gang gameday entertainment team on Sunday, May 17 from 1-3pm at the Hosuton Methodist Training Center.

    For more info and to regsiter, click this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/gridiron2.html

  • Thu., May. 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE from 6pm - 7pm with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!



Bill O'Brien's 5 Reasons for Optimism

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Head coach Bill O'Brien wasn't happy with the loss to Arizona, but still found some bright spots.

A day after getting whitewashed 32-0 by Arizona, Bill O'Brien maintained that the outcome was unacceptable. The Texans head coach saw a lot of negatives on film in the form of penalties, turnovers, and third down defense, to name a few.

But he also was able to glean a few positives from the evening.

"The sun, I believe rose today," O'Brien joked on Sunday. "We didn’t play well and believe me, I understand the questions. Sure, people out there are disappointed in what they saw last night, but we’re working hard to fix it and we’re going to continue to work hard to get these guys on the same page with us and go out there and win some games.”

With that in mind, here are 5 reasons for optimism, according to O'Brien.

1. The two-minute offense- The final drive of the first half was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and company's best, until it's final play.

Fitzpatrick and the offense took over at the Texans' 16-yard line, with 1:15 remaining before the intermission. A deep attempt up the left sideline for Keshawn Martin fell incomplete, but he was able to hit Mike Thomas on second down for a 24-yard gain. After a quick timeout call, Fitzpatrick went back to Thomas for 12 more yards over the middle, and then he scrambled for 23 yards on the next play.

Fitzpatrick threw at Alfred Blue incomplete on first down, hit Thomas again on second down for three yards, and called another timeout. 17 seconds were left in the half, and Houston was on the Arizona 22-yard line.

Fitzpatrick tried to go back to Thomas but was intercepted, and the Texans went into the locker room down 20-0.

"We were driving the ball well there," O'Brien said. "It was a good moment of situational football until, obviously, we threw the interception, which we can’t do that, but I thought there were some positive things."

2. J.J. Watt- The defensive end started, but didn't play much. He did, however, pick up a sack on the game's second play from scrimmage. He dropped Carson Palmer for a seven-yard loss.

"I think at the beginning of the game J.J. Watt did a nice job on the sack and first run of the game he spiked inside and had a nice play," O'Brien said.

Watt and rookie Jadeveon Clowney destroyed the left side of Arizona's offensive line on the sack, and provided a glimpse of the good things that could be in store for the Texans defense this season.

3. Jadeveon Clowney- Speaking of the first overall pick, he manhandled the Cardinals' left tackle Jared Veldheer on Watt's sack. Had Watt not gotten to Palmer first, Veldheer might have been bull-rushed into his own QB by the rookie.

Clowney also tallied a tackle for loss when he knifed inside and met running back Stepfan Taylor five yards in the backfield, just as Taylor took the handoff from Drew Stanton.

Twice in O'Brien's Sunday press conference he mentioned Clowney by name as someone who did some nice things. The rookie missed a handful of practices last week after going on what O'Brien termed a "pitch count" for health reasons.

"Last night he played upwards of 20 plays I think," O'Brien said. "I thought that was good. But we’ll always, any guy that is coming off of surgery, offseason surgery early in training camp, which we’re still early in training camp, it’s only the first game, we’ll always look to manage that guy.”

4. First Team Offensive Line- Fitzpatrick didn't get sacked. In fact, three of Arizona's five total quarterback hits didn't come until Houston's final two drives with rookie Tom Savage in at quarterback.

O'Brien liked for the most part what he saw from his starters up front. Duane Brown started at left tackle, with Ben Jones next to him at left guard. Chris Myers was at center, while Alex Kupper got the nod at right guard and Derek Newton was the right tackle.

"They went out there and played pretty well," O'Brien said. "I feel like those guys did their job. We showed flashes of being able to run the ball consistently and things like that. Pass protection was decent."

5. Alfred Blue- The rookie running back churned out 30 yards on five carries, with a long run of 14 yards. He also caught a pair of passes for 14 yards. A contributor on special teams as well, O'Brien was very complimentary of the former LSU Tiger's first time out as a pro.

“I feel good about his progression," O'Brien said. "I thought he went in there last night and had a tackle on the kickoff team, did a nice job on special teams. I thought he had a couple nice runs."

Blue was targeted five times in the passing game, and O'Brien cited that area as a spot where can get better.

"Ran kind of a poor route on a third down play, but you know, that is something we can improve on," O'Brien said. "I felt good about the way he played.”

O'Brien and the Texans will meet at 8 a.m. on Monday morning to go over what he termed "the good, the bad and the ugly." Practice will be pushed back by approximately a half hour because of the meeting.


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