Category Archives: Houston Texans

Could A QB Challenged Team Make The Playoffs?

NFL Quarterbacks

As OTAs wrap up and teams gear up for training camp, a surprisingly high number of NFL teams are having a “quarterback conundrum”, either overtly or covertly. Let’s take a look at some of the teams that are still up in the air on choosing their starting field general.

The Cleveland Browns made headlines much more often than they cared to last season due to Johnny Football‘s on-field and off-field antics. The Brown’s wisely signed quarterback veteran Josh McCown. Manziel has seen marked improvement after rehab but according to NFL.com, McCown would “have to crumble during training camp to lose his grip over the starting gig”. I believe Manziel will see significant action this season and if he has a solid performance in training camp and shows a dedicated attitude, he could still be the Brown’s starter. Everyone love’s to see a comeback kid.

Next up, we look at the Buffalo Bills. New head coach Rex Ryan is playing it cool, but the Bills are in trouble. Last season was a disaster with E.J. Manuel, who had a 80.3% rating, threw for 838 yards with 5 TDs, 3 interceptions and a fumble. (stats obtained by espn.com) The Bills pulled Manuel and began using Kyle Orton as starting QB for the rest of the season, but Orton is gone now. So it’s a three way battle between Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. Ryan is taking his time with a decision, stating on 6/10/2015 that he will go into training camp to see the guys practice in full pads before making any decisions.

NFL Quarterbacks 2015The New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey announced on 5/20/2015 that Geno Smith would return as the starting quarterback. However, since that announcement there has been an uptick in chatter about Ryan Fitzpatrick, the journeyman QB the Jets traded a draft pick to the Texans for. “Fitzy” has been seeing a lot of first team playing time in recent OTAs and Jets quarterbacks coach Kevin Patullo is impressed with his pocket presence.

With the Houston Texans trading Ryan Fitzpatrick, they have to decide between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who they acquired from the Cleveland Browns. In a 5/14/2015 SB Nation poll, 82% of respondents voted for Mallett while 18% voted for Hoyer, so it is clear who the fans would like to see as starting QB. Head coach Bill O’Brien stated on 6/10/2015 that he will make the decision very soon because the entire team needs to know who the leader is going to be.

So there you have it. These are just four of the teams struggling with quarterback decisions. The NFL 2015-2016 season is certainly shaping up to be another wild ride! Do you think it is possible for a team without a clear leader at QB to make it to the playoffs? Lets hear what you think on our Fan Page or in the comments section below!

freereport

It’s A Hard Knock Life For Us — Texans

By: Miriah Perez

Houston Texans

Hard Knocks is the first sports reality series on HBO that gives football fans a glimpse behind the scenes of an NFL team preparing for the upcoming season. The one hour, five episode series gives viewers an all-access look at what it’s like to be a professional football player during training camp, fans even get to listen to the coaches pep talks in the locker room.

As summer is approaching, viewers are anticipating the reveal of the next star team for the show’s 10th season. Hard Knocks has featured teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and The Cincinnati Bengals. In the last few months there have been rumors surrounding the possibility of three teams in the works for the series; the Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins.

Houston-Texans-Blog-Talk-Football-Featured-Hard-Knocks

On Wednesday, May 27 the final verdict was revealed when Houston Texans Owner, Bob McNair, held a news conference to announce the team’s lead role. Last Season, the Houston Texans placed 2nd in the AFC South division with a 9 wins and 7 losses record. Not to mention 40 touchdowns through the entire season.

The Hard Knocks series is known to put the spotlight on the team’s rookies, but it’s clear by the 2015 trailer that JJ Watt will steal the show this season. Watt is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and it comes as no surprise that he is the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

In the past, we’ve seen Hard Knocks featured teams improve their record following the sports reality series. There were also some teams whom didn’t have the same kind of luck. Tune in to HBO on Tuesday, August 11th, at 9:00 p.m. CDT to keep up with the Houston Texans.

Hard Knocks