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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Protecting Our Own

A name that still resonates in the heart of many Texans’ fans is Earl Campbell, a Houston icon, Campbell struck fear into the heart of his opponents with every snap. A hard-nosed runner, Campbell ran over and through potential tacklers and would fight for every yard he ran for, consequently, his style of play took its toll on his body.

Campbell, a hall of famer, is like many of the players of his generation, struggling with debilitating or deteriorating health in their later years; Campbell struggles daily with back pains, has difficulty walking and often times require the assistance of a wheelchair, suffering from drop foot syndrome. Read more…

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Keeping Them Honest

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell served what many believe is the harshest penalty in NFL history, it does seem a bit over the top, and unnecessary, but in this time where the long-term health and well-being of the players is the primary concern for Commissioner Goodell. The year-long suspension of Saints Head Coach Sean Payton is a little overboard, but it is a sign that Commissioner Goodell will not tolerate this type of misconduct in the league, misconduct that is counterproductive to what he is trying to do for the league.

Commissioner Goodell has already taken multiple steps to improve player safety, many of the moves unpopular, such as having kickoffs from the 35 yard-line rather than the 30. To fans of the league, the suspension of Payton can be chalked up as another unpopular move by Goodell, but it does not come unwarranted. While this may not be the first “hit list” of its kind, it is the first one to be publicly noted, and fall into a scandal; Goodell wants to make an example out of the Saints, and want to show to everybody involved in the league that a bounty system will not be tolerated.

What does this mean for the Houston Texans? Well, nothing specifically, but in general, it could mean that the successful “Bulls on Parade” defense might go under a close watch by league officials for dirty play. A “Keeping them honest” mentality all around, and if the Texans defensive coaching staff have no skeletons in their closets, they should have no worries and keep playing their fair, tough, honest football that their fans have grown accustomed to seeing.

– Richard Perez

All Eyes to The Future

Free agency can either benefit a team or be their downfall, over the abbreviated lockout plagued 2011 offseason, the Texans made moves and benefited from free agency, signing key defensive parts and filling in gaps left by players such as fullback Vonta Leach. But this free agency session has gotten off on the wrong foot for the Texans and have had many of their key and successful players whisked away and signed by other teams or cut, players such as G Mike Brisiel, DE/LB Mario Williams, FB Lawrence Vickers, who were signed away, and OL Eric Winston who was cut by the Texans.

Texan fans are ready to hit the panic button as many of the unrestricted free agents have yet to be signed by the Texans, key names such as Joel Dreessen, Jason Allen, Dominique Barber, Neil Rackers, Quintin Demps, and Matt Turk, all key pieces to the Texans team. Read more…

Testing the Free Agent Waters

The Texans are once again involved in free agency talks again, but this time, they could be on the losing end. Houston, however, is used to losing players to free agency, but have yet to lose a player of such a beloved status, that player has gone under the radar all six years of his young career; and that player is defensive end turned linebacker, Mario Williams. Williams, a very notable and controversial draft pick by the Texans back in 2006, a year where the Texans had the first round pick and had an abundance of talent to choose from, many highly coveted players were all available for the Texans and many people speculated who the Texans were going to take.

One player was in-state favorite, Houston hero, BCS National Championship winner, and two-time Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player, star quarterback from the University of Texas, Vince Young, a player many speculated that the Texans would draft after their last quarterback, former first round draft pick, David Carr turn out to be a bust. Carr, in his short tenure with Houston, broke the record for most times sacked, a blemish that could be blamed on his offensive line, or lack there of, but unsuccessful nonetheless in Houston. Read more…

Nuggets Overwhelm San Antonio

In only their third loss at home, the San Antonio Spurs are unable to keep up with the Denver Nuggets who are on a fresh three game winning streak. The Spurs dug themselves a hole early going down 16, and looked like they would be made quick work by the Nuggets, the last time these two team met, the Spurs came out on top, but not without the Nuggets putting up a fight first, making a close game in the final seconds. The second match up in the AT&T Center and the third overall, the Spurs were playing catch up from the beginning, the Nuggets simply out hustled the Spurs, and the hustle won the game for them. Read more…

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