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  • Mon., Dec. 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST 12 Days of Christmas Sale: Day 10

    Shop the 12 Days of Christmas at the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium, December 12-24! Each day will feature a new daily deal or discount, and there will be appearances by a Texans player, Ambassadors, Cheerleaders, and Santa TORO!

    Dec. 22: Only $20, Nike cotton tees & Only $25, Nike Dri Fit tees.

    Complete info at http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html.

  • Tue., Dec. 23, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Duane Brown and David Quessenberry 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. 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST 12 Days of Christmas Sale: Day 11

    Shop the 12 Days of Christmas at the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium, December 12-24! Each day will feature a new daily deal or discount, and there will be appearances by a Texans player, Ambassadors, Cheerleaders, and Santa TORO!

    Dec. 23: Fill our clear bag and get 25% off all goods in your bag.

    Complete info at http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html.

  • Wed., Dec. 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST 12 Days of Christmas Sale: Day 12

    Shop the 12 Days of Christmas at the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium, December 12-24! Each day will feature a new daily deal or discount, and there will be appearances by a Texans player, Ambassadors, Cheerleaders, and Santa TORO!

    Dec. 24: Spend $100, get a $20 gift card free. Appearances by Houston Texans Cheerleaders (11-1pm) & Texans Ambassador Fred Weary (12-1pm).

    Complete info at http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html.

  • Fri., Dec. 26, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST Fan Appreciation Sale at Go Texan Store

    As a big thank you to the best fans in the NFL, we have a Fan Appreciation Sale just for you!

    From December 26-28, stop by the Go Texan Store to get 20 percent off all purchases, excluding sale and value items.  On December 28 gameday, sale is also valid at any Go Texan Store location throughout NRG Stadium.

    For store hours and more details, visit http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html.

  • Fri., Dec. 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST Texans Friday: McDonald's

    Friday, December 26
    Noon-1pm – McDonald’s, 6000 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77057
    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE 4 piece Chicken McNuggets (1/person) for this hour at this location.
    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures.

  • Sat., Dec. 27, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST Fan Appreciation Sale at Go Texan Store

    As a big thank you to the best fans in the NFL, we have a Fan Appreciation Sale just for you!

    From December 26-28, stop by the Go Texan Store to get 20 percent off all purchases, excluding sale and value items.  On December 28 gameday, sale is also valid at any Go Texan Store location throughout NRG Stadium.

    For store hours and more details, visit http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html.

  • Sun., Dec. 28, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM CST Fan Appreciation Sale at Go Texan Store

    As a big thank you to the best fans in the NFL, we have a Fan Appreciation Sale just for you!

    From December 26-28, stop by the Go Texan Store to get 20 percent off all purchases, excluding sale and value items.  On December 28 gameday, sale is also valid at any Go Texan Store location throughout NRG Stadium.

    For store hours and more details, visit http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html.

  • Sun., Dec. 28, 2014 12:00 PM CST Jaguars at Texans The Texans host the Jaguars at NRG Stadium.
  • Mon., Dec. 29, 2014 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM CST AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

    Houston’s annual AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl college bowl game is back at NRG Stadium, Monday, December 29 at 8pm and will feature another BCS matchup between powerhouse teams from the Big Ten and Big 12.

    For tickets and more information, visit AdvoCareTexasBowl.com or call 832-667-2390.

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Friday notebook: Kubiak happy with tempo, communication

Posted Oct 29, 2010

Texans coach Gary Kubiak is happy with how his team is practicing. Plus, G Mike Brisiel is back from injury, and DE Antonio Smith discussed the players-only meeting he called this week.


With their weekly schedule pushed back a day because of Monday Night Football, the Texans had a Thursday-like practice on Friday at the Methodist Training Center.

Players continue to look fresh and rejuvenated coming off their bye week.

“It was a real good practice,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “We had some good tempo in what we’re doing. We need to finish up well tomorrow, but we are having a good week.”

As Brian Cushing directs the defense at middle linebacker for the first time, Kubiak has emphasized the need for all 11 players on defense need to communicate with each other.

“I like the way we are talking,” Kubiak said. “That’s probably the biggest thing this week with some of the changes with the communication, because we know that we’ll be in a hostile environment where communication will be of the utmost of importance. I like what I’ve seen in the way that we’ve been communicating.”

Brisiel back
Right guard Mike Brisiel, who has started three games this season, returned this week from a knee injury. He sat out the Texans’ Week 6 victory over the Chiefs.

Now that he’s back, Brisiel could be in line to play in a rotation with Antoine Caldwell against the Colts.

“He has looked good the last two days, and we are hoping that he could carry his load,” Kubiak said. “We have been playing him and Caldwell pretty much even, so I don’t expect it to change.”  

Players-only meeting
Defensive end Antonio Smith said that he called a players-only meeting earlier this week out of frustration with the way the Texans’ defense has played.

Smith is a defensive captain and one of few players on the team with Super Bowl experience. He worked his way up from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad to become a regular starter, eventually helping Arizona reach Super Bowl XLII in the 2008 season.

“I just basically wanted to give whatever bit of knowledge that I have from what I’ve been through in this game and try to relay to my teammates the sacrifices that need to be made by myself and everybody else on the defense,” Smith said. “I just think that there were some things that needed to be said.”

Smith said that a similar meeting occurred last season after three games, when the Texans had the worst rushing defense in the league. DeMeco Ryans and Dunta Robinson called that meeting. Ryans is now on injured reserve, while Robinson is with the Atlanta Falcons.

“Sometimes, you’ve got to pump each other up talk to each other and hold each other accountable,” Smith said. “I think a coach can tell you that until he’s blue in the face. You want to please your coach and want to do right, but I think that it’s more pressure when your brother puts the pressure on you and when your peers put the pressure on you.”

Kubiak, who played in the NFL for nine seasons with the Denver Broncos, was asked what he thought about Smith calling the meeting.

“That’s up to the players,” Kubiak said. “He plays hard and he does his job. Guys that do their job, players don’t mind them standing up and speaking their piece and telling them what they think. He’s a guy that they know that they can count on every week.”

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