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  • Tue., Sep. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans defensive ends Jared Crick and Tim Jamison at the Verizon Greenway Store, 3817 Southwest Fwy., Houston, TX 77027

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 02, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT Texans Live at Houston Texans Grille Texans Live with Marc Vandermeer broadcasts live from 6-8pm the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), and offensive lineman Duane Brown calls in from 6-7pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Sonic Drive-In

    Friday, September 5
    Noon-1pm – Sonic Drive-In, 8504 Main St., Houston, TX 77025

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE All-American Hot Dog (1/person) for this hour at this location
    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Fri., Sep. 05, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Go Texan Store

    Friday, September 5
    6pm-7pm – Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium

    Stop by for a 20% discount on white gear for this hour in preparation for Liberty White Out on Sept. 7

    Enter for possibility to win a pair of tickets and parking pass to Texans vs. Redskins game on Sept. 7

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT “Player Inspired: Kareem Jackson Fly Guy” Apparel Line Launch Party

    Visit the Go Texan Store at NRG Stadium on Tuesday, September 9 from 6 to 7 PM for cornerback Kareem Jackson's new Player Inspired Fly Guy apparel line launch party. Stop by to meet Kareem, get light refreshments and to pick up some of his new apparel.

  • Tue., Sep. 09, 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
  • Fri., Sep. 12, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Pappadeaux

    Friday, September 12

    Noon-1pm – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 13080 NW Freeway, Houston, TX 77040

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE cup of Shrimp Gumbo (1/person) for this hour at this location, dine-in only

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 16610 US Hwy 59, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 16, 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

Coaches

Bill Kollar
Defensive Line

Bill Kollar is in his sixth year as the Texans defensive line. Kollar, who played eight seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman, has 26 years of experience coaching in the NFL, including the last 25 as a defensive line coach. Prior to Houston, he spent the previous three years coaching the defensive line in Buffalo.

Kollar’s unit has thrived after switching to a 3-4 scheme in 2011, fronting a defense that ranks fourth in yards allowed (324.3) and rushing yards allowed (105.3) in the last three seasons. The Texans have also posted back-to-back seasons with a franchise-record 44 sacks in 2011 and 2012, ranking fifth in the NFL.

Bill Kollar is in his sixth year as the Texans defensive line. Kollar, who played eight seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman, has 26 years of experience coaching in the NFL, including the last 25 as a defensive line coach. Prior to Houston, he spent the previous three years coaching the defensive line in Buffalo.  

Kollar’s unit has thrived after switching to a 3-4 scheme in 2011, fronting a defense that ranks fourth in yards allowed (324.3) and rushing yards allowed (105.3) in the last three seasons. The Texans have also posted back-to-back seasons with a franchise-record 44 sacks in 2011 and 2012, ranking fifth in the NFL.

Kollar’s line once again was productive for the Texans in 2013. For the second consecutive season, J.J. Watt was selected to the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro First Team honors after recording 10.5 sacks and leading the NFL with 46 quarterback hits. Fourth-year nose tackle Earl Mitchell posted a career-best 87 tackles.

Several defensive linemen posted career numbers in 2012, including the Watt, who won the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the NFL with 20.5 sacks and becoming the first player in history with at least 14 sacks and 14 passes defensed in the same season. Defensive end Antonio Smith set a career high with 7.0 sacks.

Kollar helped the Texans transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme with great success in 2011 and received huge contributions from the defensive line. Houston saw the third-largest defensive improvement in NFL history since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The Texans ranked second in the NFL in total defense with 285.7 yards per game in 2011 after giving up 376.9 yards per game and ranking 30th in 2010. The defensive line played its part in helping the Texans set team records for rushing yards allowed (96.0 per game) and sacks (44). Smith earned his first career Pro Bowl berth with a career-high 6.5 sacks. Watt earned team Rookie of the Year honors and was named to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie team after recording 5.5 sacks and 56 tackles in the regular season.

Kollar directed Houston’s first line of defense to the two best run-stopping seasons in franchise history in his first two years with the team. In addition, the Texans defense recorded at least 30 sacks in three consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history from 2009-11 under Kollar’s tutelage. Houston’s 2010 rush defense held three opponents to less than 50 yards and set a franchise record by limiting Washington to 18 yards rushing in an overtime win.

Several individuals posted personal bests on Kollar’s defensive line in 2010. Veteran defensive tackle Shaun Cody started all 16 games for the first time in his career and registered a career-high 38 tackles, while defensive tackle Amobi Okoye also set a career high with 44 tackles. Defensive end Mario Williams fought through injury the entire season to lead the team with 8.5 sacks despite spending the final three games of the season on injured reserve.

In his first season with the Texans, Kollar helped the defensive line improve throughout the season. Williams led the team with 9.0 sacks and earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl trip.  Rookie defensive end Connor Barwin and free agent Smith were second on the team with 4.5 sacks apiece. The unit was a key on the defense’s overall improvement, helping hold opponents to 84.3 yards per game on the ground in the last 13 contests.

Prior to his stint with Buffalo, Kollar coached the defensive line in St. Louis from 2001-05. Kollar helped defensive end Leonard Little emerge as a premier sack artist, with 57 sacks in that time. The Rams earned a trip to the Super Bowl in 2001, Kollar’s first season with the team.

From 1990-2000, Kollar worked as the Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach. In 1998, the Falcons’ defensive line tied for the NFL lead by giving up only six rushing touchdowns and set a team record by allowing an average of 75.2 rushing yards as Atlanta won the NFC Championship and earned a trip to Super Bowl XXXIII. 

Kollar, 61, began his coaching career as a defensive assistant/special teams for Tampa Bay in 1984. He spent a year as a graduate assistant at Illinois in 1985 following his year in Tampa Bay. He was promoted to defensive line/special teams coach for the Illini in 1986 and spent two years in that position. Kollar assumed the same role at Purdue from 1988-89 before returning to the NFL.

Kollar was an All-America defensive lineman at Montana State and earned the Most Valuable Player award at the 1974 Senior Bowl and was inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame in April 2014. He was selected in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and played eight seasons for Cincinnati and Tampa Bay.

Kollar and his wife, Jan, have two sons, Chad and Clint.

KOLLAR’S COACHING LEDGER
2009-13: Assistant head coach/defensive line, Houston Texans
2006-08: Defensive line, Buffalo Bills
2001-05: Defensive line, St. Louis Rams
1990-2000: Defensive line, Atlanta Falcons
1988-89: Defensive line/special teams, Purdue
1986-87: Defensive line/special teams, Illinois
1985: Graduate assistant, Illinois
1984: Defensive assistant/special teams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

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