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  • 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!
  • Fri., Jun. 05, 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



Why Watt Is Great

Posted Jan 31, 2015

John Harris breaks down a play that shows J.J. Watt's special talent.

Late last spring, Evan Koch, communications manager for the Texans, asked if I would do a Lunch and Learn for the Texans non-football personnel.

"Just talk some basic X's and O's and give people a little idea of what the game's all about".

Heck yeah, I can do that in my sleep and probably have in some dream world. Anyhow, I planned to show the differences in the zone blocking scheme and the power run game.

Thinking of past opponents that executed the power running game well, the first team I thought of was Seattle. So, I cued up the 2013 Texans - Seahawks game and found some outside zone from the Texans, then found my one requisite Seahawks power play.

Then, as I'm writing my notes I accidentally let the game copy run. On the very next play as I'm writing in my notebook, I hear...

"blah, blah...Wilson to Turbin..."

"JJ WATT..."

Yeah, heard those two words before...plenty of times. Long drawn out J's. "JAAAAA JAAAA WAAAATTTTT". Of course, I knew by the reaction I needed to rewatch the play. I'm glad that I did because I then knew I had an unintended additional talking point for the Texans Lunch and Learn crowd. As I showed the difference in the zone and power run schemes, I told them that I had one other play they probably all needed to see.

I wanted to show them why Texans DE JJ Watt was the best in the game and that it wasn't even close.

I half-joked that this was why he'd eventually sign a massive contract. Little did I know that would happen on Tuesday.

It was second and three early in the game and the Seahawks are in "21" personnel (two backs, one tight end) in a traditional pro set. Watt lined up in a wide 3, basically splitting the B gap.

The Seahawks plan was to run zone isolation to the weak side. TE through LG planned to zone block to the left, the LT fanned out on the OLB and the FB led through the hole on the DE/ILB whichever showed first.

On the snap, the first asset in Watt's game came through: quickness. I put the play in slow motion replay and realized he was the first guy off the ball on either side of the line of scrimmage.

Either way, as he read OL to his right, he knew he was in great shape off the snap because he knew the guard wouldn't block back on him and the tackle was slow off the ball. Then, Watt established his position with his second great asset: the use of his hands.

Immediately, he fired both hands at Seahawks RT Michael Bowie to establish separation and had complete and total control of him for the rest of the play.

His third asset: smelling blood. Defensive linemen are often taught, let the linebackers make the play. You hold up blockers, you let the LBs make the play, but Watt doesn't prescribe to that theory in the slightest. He gained separation from Bowie as he stayed flat down the line of scrimmage. It looked like Bowie could've ridden JJ right down the line and allowed his RB the opportunity to cut back behind him.

But, it was time to see his fourth asset: redirection. Do this experiment when you have time...and can find a nearly 300 pound man hanging around your block. Ask him to move in a particular direction and then ask him to stop on a dime and go the other way. Trust me, they might pull a hammy or three. But, Watt excels in this area. As soon as he got the RB in his sights, he immediately planted his left foot and...

...time for his fifth asset: burst and explosiveness. He finished RB Robert Turbin, in style, by body slamming him into the turf. TFL to set up third down and long. Ho hum for Watt, perfect example of why he's so dominant for the rest of us.

I love watching the end zone copy for the interior run game but the actual TV copy from the sideline showed the finish to this play better. Watt covered three and a half yards of space in a blur. From the time he planted his foot to the time he made contact with Turbin was a snap of the fingers. Bowie should've been able to bury him down the LOS, but Watt ripped past him, zeroed in on the RB and burst to and through the RB.

There's so much to Watt that it's hard to single out one play in a regular season game to prove his worth. But, it's easy to see an interception or a sack or a Yahoo commercial or autographs at training camp or selfies with nearly everyone or...well, you get the point. This exercise is a true look at the fact that he's maybe even better on the field than his stats show. And, that might be his most true asset: he's even better than he appears.

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