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  • Fri., Nov. 28, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Sonic Drive In

    Friday, November 28
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 2720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a free item (1/person) for this hour at this location.
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures.

  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 12:00 PM CST Titans at Texans The Texans host the Titans at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Derek Newton and Ben Jones at the Verizon Northline Store, 4400F North Freeway, Houston, TX 77022.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST 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., Dec. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph and 2 Houston Texans Cheerleaders at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 11077 Northwest Freeway (Hwy 290 @ 34th St.), Houston, TX 77092.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

  • Fri., Dec. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, December 5
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 1665 W. FM 646 Rd., League City, TX 77573
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos 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., Dec. 07, 2014 12:00 PM CST Texans at Jaguars The Texans travel to Jacksonville to face off against the Jaguars.
  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson at the Verizon BLVD Place Store, 1700 Post Oak Blvd.,
    Houston, TX 77056.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    Autograph info: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mobile-living/event/verizontexansplayersshow/

  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST 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., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Player Signing at FCCU

    Meet Texans tight end Garrett Graham at the First Community Credit Union located at 10300 Louetta, Houston, TX 77070.

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Vandermeer's View: O'Brien Era Underway

Posted Jan 6, 2014

Like an incoming U.S. President, Bill O'Brien's first 100 days will be heavily scrutinized and go a long way toward how his tenure with the Texans plays out.



Like an incoming U.S. President, Bill O'Brien's first 100 days will be heavily scrutinized and go a long way toward how his tenure with the Texans plays out. In the next three months, the staff be will be in place, most of the unwanted or 'too-expensive' players will be released, free agents will be signed and the QB decision should be made. Then we'll have the entire draft.

O'Brien hit the ground running (or is it throwing?) upon his arrival Thursday. I was on the plane with him as we jetted from the Northeast. He asked plenty of detailed questions about everything from the layout of Reliant Stadium to particulars about Houston. I asked about everything from practice philosophy to whether he misses the grilled sticky buns at Ye Olde College Diner at Penn State (they're unbelievable).

The turning point of O'Brien's career was joining the Patriots. I asked him about this during our visit in the Hyundai Texans Radio Studio. O'Brien had worked as an offensive coordinator at Duke and at Georgia Tech. He took a job as an offensive assistant with New England in 2007, taking a pay cut and a leap of faith.

A few years later he gets the job at Penn State. Had he not done well with the Nittany Lions then he might have never shaken the stereotype of being a Bill Belichick disciple who can't cut it as a head coach.  He was never a true 'Belichick guy' anyway, having cut his coaching teeth long ago with the likes of George O'Leary.

When the reports flowed in of mass firings of the incumbent Texans staff, you couldn't be surprised. Coaches like to pick their own people. You would too. And these guys will likely land on their feet. Coaches like Vic Fangio and Greg Roman were shown the door in 2006. Now they're hot properties.

O'Brien is just getting warmed up. We will see a very different version of the Houston Texans in 2014. He's getting started with the staff which is bound to be followed by a heavy overhaul of the roster as well. He wasn't here for 2-14 or for the AFC South Championship seasons. He has no muscle memory with the individuals involved. He'll just do whatever he thinks is necessary to build this franchise back into a winner.

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