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    The all new Houston Texans Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital is April 19. Space is limited and this event will sell out, so register your kids today by clicking on this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/triathlon/home.html

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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. 

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

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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!



Texans' secondary targeted in loss

Posted Oct 10, 2010

The Texans struggled in defending against the pass on Sunday against the Giants, and look to improve upon that in the games to come.

The Texans keep saying they can’t afford to keep giving up large amounts of passing yards. And then it happens again.

The young Texans defense has allowed more yards through the air than any team in the NFL this season and that trend continued Sunday in the Giants’ 34-10 rout of the Texans. 

Eli Manning followed the lead of every quarterback the Texans have faced this season.  He came out throwing and he was still passing even after the outcome was out of doubt.

“It’s not good enough right now,” coach Gary Kubiak said of the Texans pass defense. “We’re giving up 300 yards a game right now and that’s not good enough.  This team (Giants) had a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and they continued throwing the ball on us so that tells you what they thought of our pass coverage.  We’ve got to figure a way to get better at it.”

It’s true. Manning completed 27 of 42 passes for 297 yards and three touchdown passes, the last with 4:50 to play on a 4-yard pass to Steve Smith.

A dejected Bernard Pollard saw no reason to disagree with the Giants’ strategy. 

“At this point why argue,” Pollard said. “So obviously right now, they’re coming down with the ball. You look at every team that we’ve played; they are coming down with the ball. When the ball’s in the air, we’ve got a find a way to stop these passing attacks.”

Rookie cornerback Kareem Jackson was harassed all day by Manning and receiver Hakeem Nicks, who caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in the end zone with no defender within five yards.

Nicks was continually behind Texans defenders. He was in the clear down the sidelines in the second quarter, having beaten Jackson, and uncharacteristically dropped the likely touchdown pass. 

“Where do we go from here?” Jackson said. “The only place you can go is back to the drawing board. They made plays and we didn’t.  That’s it.”

The Texans had managed to rally behind its offense for a 3-1 record going into the game.  This time, the offense couldn’t pull it out.

Not even getting his first NFL interception eased Jackson’s mood.

Jackson made his play in the third quarter when he leapt high in front of a pass intended for Mario Manningham for an interception. He returned it 23 yards and it set up a one-yard touchdown by Derrick Ward.

“When you don’t win, that doesn’t matter,” he said. “At the end of the day, you want that ‘W.’  We didn’t (get it), so that doesn’t matter.”

The Texans defense came into the game ranked last in the NFL against the pass, allowing 337.8 yards per game. They ranked second in the league against the run, allowing 70.2 yards per game, but who cares if teams can pass at will?

“We have to find a way to win and until we do, these kinds of things are going to continue,” Pollard said.

Pollard noted New York’s passing in the fourth quarter.

“That tells you something about our pass defense, that tells you what they think about our pass defense,” Pollard said. “Obviously, they feel they can’t stop it. They feel if the ball is in the air they are going to come down with it.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin wouldn’t say Manning targeted Jackson. He didn’t have to.

“I don’t know if we really put a 'star' on him,” Coughlin said. “But we did end up going over there some.” 

“Nothing was good enough today,” Kubiak said. “You can’t get too ahead of yourself when you win a game and you can’t go jump off a cliff when you lose one. The tough thing today, I’d like to be talking about something we did good and I don’t know that we did anything good.”

There was plenty of disappointment to go around the Texans' locker room.

“We knew it was going to be a physical game, they were the best team today,” cornerback Glover Quin said. “We just didn’t make plays. They didn’t do anything that we hadn’t seen on film. We didn’t tackle well on defense and playing a team like this you can’t give them opportunities. We have to be more physical. Those are things we didn’t do today.

“I’m very shocked. I didn’t expect it to go down like that.” 

The defense had a couple of good series to start the game before the Giants quickly took control.

“We put ourselves in too deep a hole early,” cornerback Brice McCain said. “We couldn’t come back. We’ve worked out butts off. We just have to stop the deep balls. We’ve got to get better.”

Troy Nolan got his first start at free safety but afterward couldn’t find much positive.

“We fought the whole game because we’re not going to give up,” Nolan said. “We’ve got to be more consistent in the secondary. We can’t go one week on and one week off. We’ve got to find a way to make it work. Once we do that, we’ll be OK. We just have to be consistent.

“It was a lack of concentration, lack of discipline. When that happens, your opponent is going to exploit you. You get down a couple of plays and it’s hard. You have to fight behind the whole game. It was mental errors, penalties got us behind.”

Hicks caught 12 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He could have had a third score when he was once again behind Jackson along with sidelines and dropped the ball.

“I took my eyes off it trying to get to the end zone,” Hicks said. “I saw all that green grass trying to get there.” 

The grass was greener all day for the Giants.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Michael A. Lutz worked for The Associated Press for 38 years covering news and sports in Louisville, Ky., Dallas and Houston. Most of that time was spent in Houston covering the Oilers, Astros, Texans and other college and pro teams.

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