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Sun, 31 Jul 2016 12:53:40 -0700
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) acknowledged Sunday, July 31, he isn't certain when he'll return from back surgery.
"I can't put a solid start date on when I can play. … I don't plan on missing my first game, but I can't promise it. … I feel good. My body feels good. It is just a matter of listening to (the doctors). I'll do whatever they tell me to do," Watt told HoustonTexans.com.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Sunday that Watt is "on the right track," but the Texans have no intention to rush the three-time Defensive Player of the Year back onto the field.
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:42:29 -0800
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is intent on winning the starting job, especially in the wake of the news that team owner Bob McNair has reportedly made it very clear to general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien that the Texans replace Brian Hoyer.
Fantasy Tip: There seems to be some thought that Savage will compete with a first- or second-round rookie for the starting job in training camp. The loser of that competition would then fall behind Hoyer, who the Texans seem to like in a backup role. Even in O'Brien's quarterback-friendly system, Savage or the yet-to-be-named rookie would likely be little more than a low-end QB2 at best in 2016.
Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:21:52 -0800
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer is unlikely to begin next season as the starter. Team owner Bob McNair has all but publicly demanded general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien replace the journeyman.
Fantasy Tip: Hoyer melted down in the Texans' playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which was probably the final straw for McNair. Houston has been linked to almost every potential free-agent quarterback - such as Robert Griffin III - to most of the top signal-callers available in the draft that could be on the board at pick No. 22, such as Memphis' Paxton Lynch or Michigan State's Connor Cook. Either way, fantasy owners should expect Hoyer to holding a clipboard for most of 2016.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:29:45 -0800
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith will work with each other for a third straight year in 2016, according to owner Bob McNair. "I see no reason they (Smith and O'Brien) can't (work together). They've been working together. They're bright, and they're independent and they express their opinions," McNair said.
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 17:16:47 -0800
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (foot) was not able to push off his foot or run and was not close to playing in the wild-card game against the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Bill O'Brien said Saturday, Jan. 9.
Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:21:29 -0800
Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue was praised for his performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15 by head coach Bill O'Brien. "Alfred Blue, other than the fumble, he ran with a purpose and I think that was a big part of the game," O'Brien said.
Fantasy Tip: With Houston down to Brandon Weeden at quarterback, Blue ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) should be in line for a big workload against an average Tennessee rush defense in Week 16. Blue could be a solid source of cap relief at FantasyScore.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:42:34 -0700
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans need to stop the run in order to get better on defense. Houston has allowed five rushing touchdowns in their last two games and is surrendering 114.2 rushing yards per game. "If we can stop the run better and get teams in longer yardage, that may be able to help us," O'Brien said. "If you don't stop the run, that's going to be a problem."
Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:42:40 -0700
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he has a good idea of who will be the starting quarterback against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 but is not ready to announce it at this point.
Fantasy Tip: Brian Hoyer started in Week 1 but was benched during the game and was replaced by Ryan Mallett, who played well in his limited time. Mallett could be the leading candidate to start, but neither quarterback is a great fantasy option in any league.
Sun, 06 Sep 2015 15:40:56 -0700
Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is still on track to play in the season opener Sunday, Sept. 13, but head coach Bill O'Brien would not say whether Clowney will start or how much time he would see.
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 22:53:33 -0700
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and WR Nate Washington are atop the depth chart right now, head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday, Aug. 3.
Fantasy Tip: Hopkins will be the receiver fantasy owners target early on draft day, but there could be some value with Washington in the middle to late rounds if he can maintain a starting role. You could do worse for your WR4 or flex fantasy option in standard fantasy formats.
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:16:04 -0700
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallet worked with the first-team offense Sunday, Aug. 2, after QB Brian Hoyer worked with the first-team Saturday, Aug. 1. "Whenever he (Bill O'Brien) feels like someone is ready to be named the starter that's what he'll do, and whatever way it goes, I have really a lot of trust and faith in him," Hoyer said. "Whatever he decides will be best for the team."
Fantasy Tip: It wouldn't be a surprise to see both Hoyer and Mallet start games this year, but don't expect either quarterback to be more than a mid-range QB2.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 04:23:16 -0800
Houston Texans QB Case Keenum picked up a vote of confidence from head coach Bill O'Brien, who called Keenum a "very viable" option at quarterback for 2015.
Fantasy Tip: O'Brien did not specify whether he meant Keenum had a future as backup or as a starter. Keep in mind the Texans have Ryan Mallett as well at quarterback, and Mallett worked well under Tom Brady in New England. Keenum's fantasy value depends entirely on whether he starts or holds a clipboard, so wait and see how this develops.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:29:57 -0800
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said he won't reveal who the starting quarterback will be this week prior to Sunday's game.
Fantasy Tip: Thaddeus Lewis and Case Keenum are the likely candidates to start, but neither is worth investing in on FantasyScore unless you want to spend big at other positions.
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 03:46:13 -0800
Despite outside criticism of his frequent injuries, Houston Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney has the strong backing of head coach Bill O'Brien, who said Clowney has simply been unlucky with his knee problems. "This guy has worked extremely hard to recover from injuries," O'Brien said. "And I want to be real clear about this with him, as it relates to us here to the Houston Texans. We think very highly of him. We know he's going to be a really good player... He's had a sports hernia, he's had a concussion and now he's dealing with a knee injury. Those things are not easy in your rookie year."
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:07:58 -0800
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage may serve as the backup quarterback in the team's Week 13 game, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:23:10 -0700
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out of the team's first preseason game by head coach Bill O'Brien.
Fantasy Tip: The team continues to be cautious with Johnson. Sitting out his first preseason game should not affect his status on draft day.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:22:06 -0700
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring) has been ruled out of the team's first preseason game by head coach Bill O'Brien
Fantasy Tip: The team continues to be cautious with Foster. Sitting out his first preseason game should not affect his status on draft day.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:51:57 -0700
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien named QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team's starting quarterback Tuesday, June 17.
Fantasy Tip: Fitzpatrick should be considered a mid-range backup and a bye-week replacement at best. His value will take a hit if the Andre Johnson situation is not resolved.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:58:36 -0700
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien named OT Derek Newton the team's starting right tackle Friday, June 13.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:36:15 -0700
Houston Texans KR Keshawn Martin will have some competition for the kick returning job this season, which is what new coach Bill O'Brien wanted. "Preseason is when we really have to get a true evaluation of the guys who are back there and who is going to return punts, who are going to be the kickoff return guys, and who will be the emergency guys if something happens to the starters." O'Brien said.
Fri, 30 May 2014 09:18:53 -0700
Houston Texans QB T.J. Yates said the team has been studying old New England Patriots film during quarterback meetings. New head coach Bill O'Brien was an assistant coach with the Patriots from 2007 to 2011. "Obviously watch a lot of Patriots film and seeing how they do it," Yates said. "We're trying to mimic them right now." O'Brien has also been speeding up the tempo of the team's practices since taking over.
Thu, 29 May 2014 08:01:21 -0700
Houston Texas WR DeAndre Hopkins has admitted that he's struggling to pick up the new offense under head coach Bill O'Brien as well as connect with the new group of quarterbacks.
Fantasy Tip: The second-year snare has all the tools to take a step forward but has a situation similar to a rookie's. He's a fine speculation as a low-end WR3 in fantasy drafts, but it may take a bit for him to start going in the 2014 season.
Thu, 22 May 2014 11:39:38 -0700
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have been in contact with WR Andre Johnson to try to ease his concerns and get him to show up to offseason activities. The team can not trade him.
Sat, 17 May 2014 07:25:38 -0700
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said QB Tom Savage got off to a good start in the team's rookie minicamp Friday, May 17. "He went out there (Friday) and had a decent start to what hopefully is a long career for him," said O'Brien.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:22:31 -0700
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith, head coach Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel attended the South Carolina Pro Day Wednesday, April 2, to watch DE Jadeveon Clowney work out.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:28 -0700
Houston Texans QB Bill O'Brien said he does not see a lot of difference when he evaluates Central Florida QB Blake Bortles, Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel. O'Brien said there are 10 to 12 good quarterbacks he will need to evaluate from this draft class.
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:36:35 -0800
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien attended the University of Pittsburgh's Pro Day Monday, March 3.
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:12:38 -0800
The Houston Texans are not expected to hire an offensive coordinator because head coach Bill O'Brien will call the offensive plays. O'Brien will work closely with quarterbacks coach George Godsey on the offense.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:20:37 -0800
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien will call the offensive plays for the team in 2014.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:32:20 -0800
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said he expects the team to improve immediately under head coach Bill O'Brien. "We know that he is going to come in here, and we expect to see great things happen immediately," McNair said.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 12:30:32 -0800
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien did not say what offensive and defensive schemes the team will be using next season.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:55:06 -0800
The Houston Texans have agreed to an undisclosed five-year deal with new head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien was an assistant for the New England Patriots from 2007 to 2011 and was the offensive coordinator for the team when they lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. It's unknown if interim head coach Wade Phillips will be retained by O'Brien.
Wed, 01 Jan 2014 00:27:31 -0800
The Houston Texans reached an agreement late Tuesday, Dec. 31, with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien to become head coach of the Texans, according to sources. O'Brien is expected to be announced as their head coach by Saturday, Jan. 4, according to the source.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:27:30 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Houston Texans remain focused on Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien for their head coaching vacancy, and a deal is likely to come together in the next day or two. If O'Brien is hired, he might reach out to San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to serve as defensive coordinator.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:59:01 -0800
The Minnesota Vikings have reached out to Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien regarding their head coaching position.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:51:49 -0800
The Houston Texans are hoping to hire Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien as their next head coach as soon as possible, according to owner Bob McNair. The Texans don't want to risk losing O'Brien to the other teams that dismissed their head coaches Monday, Dec. 30. Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith and interim head coach Wade Phillips have already been interviewed.
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:28:40 -0800
The Cleveland Browns could show interest in Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien for their head coaching vacancy. However, O'Brien had a "very rocky interview experience there a year ago."
Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:09:40 -0800
The Detroit Lions could show interest in head coach Bill O'Brien (Penn State) if he does not get the job with the Houston Texans.
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:25:00 -0800
The Houston Texans are believed to be close to hiring Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien for their head coaching position and a deal is expected to be made in the next 24 hours.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:24:52 -0800
Penn State University is ready to make a strong push to hire Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano if current head coach Bill O'Brien leaves for the NFL.
Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:03:51 -0800
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien appears to be the overwhelming favorite to be hired as the Houston Texans new head coach. The two sides are working on a contract that could be agreed to by next week. The Texans have a short list of alternatives in case their talks with O'Brien break down.
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:23:04 -0800
The Houston Texans will interview Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien for their head coaching position. It is believed O'Brien is one of the Texans' top candidates for the job.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 08:13:01 -0800
Some NFL teams that will be looking for a new head coach believe there is a real chance that Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien will leave to become a head coach in the NFL.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:37:42 -0800
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is getting interest as an NFL head coaching candidate, with one team already reaching out to him.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:07:08 -0800
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith reportedly interviewed for the Houston Texans' head coaching position Monday, Dec. 16, according to a source informed of the meeting. Smith is a native Texan. Other candidates for the job include interim coach Wade Phillips, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:24:58 -0800
The Washington Redskins could show interest in Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien if they decide to fire head coach Mike Shanahan.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 07:41:16 -0800
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien is getting interest in NFL head coaching jobs. Both the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans have reached out to O'Brien.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:57:59 -0800
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is believed to have interest in interviewing former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Stanford head coach David Shaw and Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien for the team's head coaching position.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 18:47:55 -0800
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien will not interview for any more NFL head coaching positions and will remain at Penn State.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 16:04:48 -0800
The Cleveland Browns interviewed Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien for their head coaching position earlier this week.