On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Oct. 21, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet current Texans Ambassador (former Texans lineman) Steve McKinney at the Verizon The Woodlands Store, 1335 Lake Woodlands Dr., Suite A, The Woodlands, TX 77380.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, October 24
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 739 North Sam Houston Pkwy E, Houston, TX 77060
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) for this hour at this location
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures
    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

  • Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 12:00 PM CDT Texans at Titans The Texans travel to face the Titans.
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet TBD Texans player(s) at the Verizon Stadium Store, 8505 S. Main St., Houston, TX 77025.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Tue., Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet a TBD Texans player and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 2404 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77098.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Sat., Nov. 01, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP

    A nearly century old college football rivalry returns to NRG Stadium on Saturday, November 1st  as the SFA Lumberjacks take on the Sam Houston Bearkats in the Battle of the Piney Woods presented by YP. Seats start at just $15.

    Secure yours today by calling 832-667-2390 or at BOTPW.com.

  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 12:00 PM CST Eagles at Texans The Texans host the Eagles.
  • Mon., Nov. 03, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST Taste of the Texans presented by BP

    Wine and dine with the Houston Texans players, Cheerleaders and Ambassadors at the sixth annual Taste of the Texans presented by BP, Monday, November 3rd in NRG Stadium. 

    Fans can sample signature dishes from more than 25 of Houston’s finest restaurants.  Proceeds benefit The Houston Texans Foundation, Houston Methodist and the Houston Food Bank. 

    Be sure to secure your tickets today at HoustonTexans.com.

News

Print
RSS

The $21 Game: All-Time Texans Team

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Texans Analyst John Harris came up with a $21 All-Time Texans game. Check out his team, and make your own team as well.

A few weeks ago, I was going through my twitter timeline when I saw a tweet from someone in reference to the "$15 game". It was enough to get my attention and it forced me to track down what exactly the game is. I'm glad I did because it's one of my favorite "fantasy" things to do in sports.

When I was growing up, my friends and I engaged in drafts of all-star teams well before fantasy sports became a way of life. The premise is that you have $15 to spend on an all-time team. The one that I initially noticed was Pro Basketball's all-time team. Players were ranked from $5 down to $1 at five different positions and you could spend $15 or less.  I came up with four or five different teams on the spot.

I loved it.

Then on Tuesday, Marc Vandermeer came into the room talking about that game. So, as we discussed, I figured we could do one for the Houston Texans. Now, with football, there are more positions to account for, so there's more money to spend. But after a first run, some edits, some back and forth with Marc, one of the few people in the building that's seen every single player to don a Texans jersey, we came up with our $21 game for the Houston Texans.

The game is simple. There are seven player categories - QB, RB, Pass catcher, OL, DL, LB and Secondary and you have $21 or less to spend to create YOUR All-time Houston Texans team. I chose five players per position and ranked them accordingly. I've also included a short scouting report, just in case all of the young'uns out there need a refresher on some original Texans. So, here's your $21 Texan bucks, pick your team. When you're done, compare it to the teams that Marc, Drew Dougherty, Deepi Sidhu and myself drafted, which you'll see below.

Now, don't go stealing my team, but when you're done, email me at 2424jharrisfootball@gmail.com with your team and a paragraph or so providing the reasoning behind your team and any trash talk you feel compelled to throw my way. I'll accumulate all of your teams and write a separate post next week so you can see how others responded.

Let's go...

 

QUARTERBACK

Matt Schaub $5

David Carr $4

Sage Rosenfels $3

TJ Yates $2

Case Keenum $1

 

Scouting Report

Schaub - 2x Pro Bowler - team's historical leader in every career passing category

Carr - Drafted #1 in 2002, organization's first QB - 59 TD and 13,391 career yards

Rosenfels - 6-4 as a starting QB, threw 15 TD in 2007

Yates - led team to first playoff win in organization history, made biggest play of 2011 season with the scramble for first down at Cincinnati

Keenum - 9 TD and nearly 1,800 yards in 2013

 

PASS-CATCHER

Andre Johnson $5

Owen Daniels $4

Kevin Walter $3

Jabar Gaffney $2

Garrett Graham $1

 

Scouting Report

Johnson - 7x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro - he's good

Daniels - 2x Pro Bowler - 385 career receptions in eight years in Houston

Walter - 326 career receptions, 24 TD in seven years in Houston

Gaffney - an original Texan draft pick, 171 receptions in four years

Graham - 77 receptions and eight TD over the past two years

 

RUNNING BACK

Arian Foster $5

Domanick Williams $4

Steve Slaton $3

Ben Tate $2

Ron Dayne $1

 

Scouting Report

Foster - 3x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro - holds nearly every Texans rushing record

Williams - 976 yards rushing each year in Houston, 154 career receptions

Slaton - 6th in the NFL in rushing in rookie season (2008 - 1,282 yards)

Tate - Nearly 2,000 yards in three years and ten touchdowns

Dayne - Led the team in rushing in 2006 and 2007

 

OFFENSIVE LINE

Duane Brown $5

Chris Myers $4

Eric Winston $3

Chester Pitts $2

Steve McKinney $1

 

Scouting Report

Brown - 2x Pro Bowler, 2x All-Pro - one of the best, if not the best LT, in the NFL

Myers - 2x Pro Bowler in 2011 and 2012

Winston - one of key pieces in 2006 Draft, started every game at RT for five straight years

Pitts - one of the original stars on the Texans OL, started 114 games in Houston

McKinney - local product that started four straight years, an original Texan

 

DEFENSIVE LINE

JJ Watt $5

Mario Williams $4

Gary Walker $3

Antonio Smith $2

Seth Payne $1

 

Scouting Report

Watt - 2x Pro Bowler, 2x All-Pro, 2012 NFL Def. Player of the Year - uh, yeah

Williams - 2x Pro Bowler, 1x All-Pro, NFL Alumni DL of the Year in 2007

Walker - 1x Pro Bowler, 51 tackles and 6.5 sacks in Texans inaugural season

Smith - 1x Pro Bowler, the Ninja was one of most popular players in Texans history

Payne - An original Texan, 58 tackles, four sacks and three passes defenses in 2005

 

LINEBACKERS

Brian Cushing $5

Demeco Ryans $4

Jamie Sharper $3

Jay Foreman $2

Connor Barwin $1

 

Scouting Report

Cushing - 1x Pro Bowl (2009), 1x All-Pro (2011), NFL Def. Rookie of the Year (2009)

Ryans - 2x Pro Bowl and 1x All-Pro, NFL Def. Rookie of the Year (2006)

Sharper - An original Texan ILB, 296 tackles in three years

Foreman - Teamed with Sharper for first three years, 258 tackles in three years

Barwin - Ninth in the league in sacks in 2011 with 11.5, had 19 in four seasons

 

SECONDARY

Aaron Glenn $5

Johnathan Joseph $4

Dunta Robinson $3

Marcus Coleman $2

Kareem Jackson $1

 

Scouting Report

Glenn - 1x Pro Bowl, 1x All-Pro - Houstonian who had five picks and two picks sixes in 2002

Joseph - 2x Pro Bowl, nine interceptions in three years

Robinson - NFL Def. Rookie of the Year (2004), 13 INT and six forced fumbles

Coleman - an original Texan, fourth in the NFL with seven picks in 2003

Jackson - 2010 first round selection, four INT in 2012, 193 career tackles

 

So, what did we come up with...

Marc Vandermeer, the Voice of the Texans

QB - Sage Rosenfels $3 – At his best, he was very effective. And at $3, he’s a bargain. He was 6-4 as a starter (small body of work but the highest winning percentage among Texans QBs). He went 4-1 in 2007 including a stretch run with wins over Tampa Bay, Denver and Jacksonville to help the Texans finish .500 for the first time.

RB - Steve Slaton $3 – I’ll take the Slaton from 2008 that led the AFC in yards from scrimmage and had more rushing yards than fellow rookies Chris Johnson and Matt Forte. He was a hot receiver out of the backfield and could carry the rock productively.  His career went downhill when he started having neck issues in his second year.

Pass Catcher - Andre Johnson $5 - There is no substitute. Sure OD is a two time Pro Bowler but Andre Johnson is the greatest player in team history. He’s a terror to every defense, well worth giving max dollars in our little exercise here.

OL - Chester Pitts $2 - He didn’t play on the best Texans teams but he was one of the best linemen to ever set foot in NRG Stadium. He even did a decent job as a left tackle. Getting him for $2 here enables you to spend more elsewhere.

 DL - Antonio Smith $2 - The Ninja only missed two games in five seasons here. Once Wade Phillips arrived, he averaged six sacks per season, a very nice number for a 3-4 defensive end. His presence has helped J.J. Watt get one on one blocking on many occasions. He’s a steal at $2.

LB - Jamie Sharper $3 - He won a Super Bowl in Baltimore, came here in the expansion draft and led the NFL in tackles in 2003. I’ll take him for $3 and not look back, thank you.

DB - Dunta Robinson $3 - I would have loved to save more money and go with Marcus Coleman for $2 but Dunta gets the nod because of tough, physical play (he’s the second leading tackler in team history! Remember how hard he used to hit?). He’s the all time leader in picks with 13.

Here's the team Drew Dougherty, All-around Texans guru and Host of Texans TV, selected

QB - Sage Rosenefels $3

WR/TE - Garrett Graham $1

RB - Domanick Williams $4

OL - Duane Brown $5

DL - Ninja Assassin $2

LB - Demeco Ryans $4

DB - Marcus Coleman $2

I want to be able to run the ball and play a little defense. Value-wise, I think I got a pretty good deal in Rosenfels. Let’s protect him with the best lineman available in Duane Brown, and give him a fairly versatile running back in Domanick Williams. Garrett Graham’s worth a lot more than a buck, so I like where I sit with the offense. Defensively, I got a $4 player for just a couple of bones in Antonio Smith, and I coupled him with a team leader and Pro Bowler in DeMeco Ryans. We’ll be stout against the run and pass.

Deepi Sidhu, co-host on Texans Radio and a daily contributor to HoustonTexans.com, chimed in with her squad here:

QB - Schaub $5- He’s still the best QB in team history, despite last season. See passing stats and TD stats. That and there’s just too much drop off with other guys.

WR - AJ $5- Hall of Famer. Best player in franchise history. I might have even paid half my salary for him. Maybe.

RB - Tate $2- Can’t be spending like I have a $100 budget so I’m going Tate here. His production could have been higher if he were a starter. Still, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and that’s since 2011 and splitting carries with Foster. Even with three cracked ribs, he scored three TDs and rushed for over 100 yards in Week 13 vs. NE.

OL - Pitts $2- Pitts was a versatile lineman, played both tackle and guard. The more you can do, right? Injury cut his career short otherwise he might have been valued higher.

DL - Watt $5- Can single-handedly end an opposing drive with all the disruption he can cause. Plus, I want some national exposure here and lots of flashy commercials for my money.

LB - Barwin $1- Barwin helps me save some cash but I like him because he was steady and could rush the passer. He could play against the run and defend against the pass equally. He’s an every down player. All the other LBs listed other than Cushing come off the field on 3rd downs.

DB - Jackson $1- That’s it? $1? I think he is underrated. He may not be a shut-down corner, but the upside could be huge.

My team? Glad you asked...

QB - TJ Yates $2

RB - Arian Foster $5

Pass Catcher - Owen Daniels $4

OL - Duane Brown $5

DL - Seth Payne $1

LB - Jay Foreman $2

Secondary - Marcus Coleman $2

I loaded up on offense because I'm putting butts in seats with this team. We'll score some points, but my defense is consistent, tough and can generate turnovers. In Foster, I'm getting the best running back in team history but also one of its best receivers too. Duane will dominate up front while keeping TJ upright. Payne, Foreman and Coleman were huge pieces of the early Texans' defenses and provide great value at all three levels for a total of $5. Worst case, I'll outscore everyone but I don't think I'll need to with a defensive trio like I selected.

So, there you have it. Again, here's your $21, come up with your team and email me your team and a paragraph of your rationale and trash talk at 2424jharrisfootball@gmail.com.

Recent News

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.