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Houston Texans
Current season
Established 2002; 12 years ago (2002)


Play in and headquartered in NRG Stadium


Houston, Texas
Houston Texans logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations


National Football League (2002–present)
  • American Football Conference (2002–present)
    • AFC South (2002–present)
Current uniform
AFCS-Uniform-HOU.PNG
Team colors

Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red, Liberty White
              
MascotToro
Personnel
Owner(s)Bob McNair (95%)
ChairmanBob McNair
CEOBob McNair
PresidentJamey Rootes
General managerRick Smith
Head coachBill O'Brien
Team history
  • Houston Texans (2002–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)


Division championships (2)
  • AFC South: 2011, 2012
Playoff appearances (2)
  • NFL: 2011, 2012
Home fields


NRG Stadium (2002–Present)

  • a.k.a. Reliant Stadium (2002–2014)


The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The team is a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Texans joined the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team after Houston's previous franchise, the Houston Oilers, moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where they are now the Tennessee Titans. The team majority owner is Bob McNair. The team clinched its first playoff berth during the 2011 season as champions of the AFC South. The Texans repeated as AFC South champions in 2012.

Contents

            Franchise history

            Main article: History of the Houston Texans
            In 1997, Houston entrepreneur Bob McNair had a failed bid to bring a National Hockey League expansion team to the city, and Bud Adams relocated the city's NFL team, the Houston Oilers, to Nashville where they were renamed Tennessee Titans. Given the Cleveland Browns had just suffered a controversial relocation to become the Baltimore Ravens, the league promised to return football to Cleveland within the following three years, and probably add another expansion team to even out the franchises at 32. As Houston was one of the favorites for the extra franchise along with Toronto and Los Angeles (which had lost the Rams and the Raiders in 1995), McNair then decided to join the football project and founded Houston NFL Holdings with partner Steve Patterson. In association with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they would push for a domed stadium as part of the bid to lure the NFL back to Houston. The expansion team was originally awarded to Los Angeles on March 16, 1999, but given the city had problems in providing an acceptable ownership team and stadium deal, both of which had been promised in Houston for two years, in October the NFL instead awarded the 32nd team to Houston, at the cost of $700 million.

            The Houston Texans joined the league at the 2002 NFL season, playing at the newly founded Reliant Stadium. While the team struggled in early seasons, luck started to change once native Houstonian Gary Kubiak became the head coach in 2006. The Texans finished with a .500 season (8 wins and 8 defeats) in both 2007 and 2008, and nearly qualified for the 2009–10 NFL playoffs with a 9–7 result in 2009. In 2010, the team started the season on a 4–2 record going into a Week 7 bye week, but promptly collapsed 2–8 in the second part of the season, finishing 6–10. The following season, former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Texans, and the improved defense led to the Texans finishing 10–6, winning their first AFC South title. The Texans then beat wild card Cincinnati Bengals 31–10 in the first round of the 2011-12 NFL playoffs, before a 20–13 defeat to the Ravens in the semifinals.

            The Texans would surge as the team to beat in the AFC South in 2012, holding an 11-1 record by week 14. However, they lost three of their last four games to finish 12-4, though having beaten the rival Indianapolis Colts allowed them to clinch their 2nd AFC South title. The Texans once again beat the Bengals in the wild-card round, but they would once again fall in the second round, this time with a loss to the New England Patriots. The Texans would start 2–0 in 2013, but went into a tailspin and lost every game afterwards. Head Coach Kubiak would be fired after being swept by the rival Jacksonville Jaguars, who themselves started 0–8. Wade Phillips would fill in as head coach, but the Texans' luck did not change, and they finished 2-14, tying, with 2006, their worst record in franchise history. The 14-game losing streak amassed is also the worst in franchise history.

            The Texans will enter the 2014 season with the 14-game losing streak on their back from last season. Former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien will be the Texans' new Head Coach, and the third in franchise history.

            Team identity

            Nickname

            On March 2, 2000, Houston NFL 2002 announced that the team name search had been narrowed down to five choices: Bobcats, Stallions, Texans, Toros, and Apollos. The list of names was determined after several months of research conducted jointly by Houston NFL 2002 and NFL Properties. An online survey regarding the name generated more than 65,000 responses in just seven days.

            On September 6, 2000, the NFL's 32nd franchise was officially christened the Houston Texans before thousands at a downtown rally on Texas Avenue. McNair explained that the name evoked "someone who's powerful, independent, courageous and hard-working". The name had previously been the name of a defunct World Football League franchise, which moved to Louisiana to become the Shreveport Steamer, and the nickname Texans was also used by the precursor of the present-day Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Texans of the AFL. The nickname "Texans" was more recently used by the now-defunct Canadian Football League franchise in San Antonio. Owner Bob McNair did have to make a deal with Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt to use the Texans nickname for his new team.

            Logos and Uniforms




            Houston Texans uniform combination
            Along with the team name, McNair also unveiled the team logo, an abstract depiction of a bull's head, split in such a way to resemble the flag of Texas, including a lone star to stand for the eye, the five points of which representing pride, courage, strength, tradition and independence. McNair described the colors as "Deep Steel Blue", "Battle Red" and "Liberty White". A year later the Texans unveiled their uniforms during another downtown rally.

            The Texans' helmet is dark blue with the Texans bull logo. The helmet was initially white when the team name and logo were unveiled, but was later changed to dark blue. The uniform design consists of red trim and either dark blue or white jerseys. The team typically wears white pants with its blue jerseys and blue pants with its white jerseys. Starting with the 2006 season, the Texans wear all-white for their home opener, and the team began to wear an all-blue combination for home games vs. the Indianapolis Colts. In 2003, the Texans introduced an alternative red jersey with blue trim; they wear this jersey at one home game each year, usually against a division rival. In 2007 the Texans introduced red pants for the first time, pairing them with the red jerseys for an all-red look (this uniform combination was not well-received and has since been retired). In October 2008 the Texans paired blue socks (instead of the traditional red) with their blue pants and white jerseys.

            In 2002 the team wore a patch commemorating their inaugural season.

            Mascots and cheerleaders

            The team's official mascot is Toro. The team also has a cheerleading squad simply named the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.

            Rivalries

            The Texans are the youngest franchise in the NFL, having only been competing in the League since 2002. For most of that time, they were considered perennial bottom-dwellers in the AFC South. For that reason, they have not had the history or the reputation on which to build classic rivalries like the ones that often exist between older franchises.

            However, there are a few franchises for whom Texans fans hold special animosity. The Tennessee Titans, formerly the Houston Oilers before their relocation in the 1990s, are viewed by many Houston fans as the Texans' chief rival. The Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Indianapolis Colts, whom the Texans have never defeated in Indianapolis (compiling an all-time record of 0–12 there), are also rivals to the Texans.

            More recently, Houston has defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild-Card Round of the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, forming a potential future rivalry with that franchise, one with similarities to the former AFC Central rivalry between the Bengals and Oilers.

            Statistics

            Main article: Houston Texans records

            Win-loss record

            As of the end of the 2013 season, the Texans' overall regular season win-loss record is 79–113 (.411). They are 2–2 (.500) all-time in playoff games. The Texans posted their best-ever season record in 2012 finishing at 12–4. The team's worst-ever seasons on record are 2–14 in both 2005 and 2013.

            The Texans participated in the playoffs for the first time at the end of the 2011 season, after having clinched the South Division title and qualifying as the AFC's third seed. In the Wildcard Round they hosted a playoff game for the first time, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 31–10. The following weekend they were defeated 20–13 by the Baltimore Ravens on the road in the Divisional Round.

            In 2012, the Texans won the AFC South Division and were seeded third once again. They again beat the Cincinnati Bengals at home in the Wildcard Round, this time by a score of 19–13. On the road in the Divisional Round against the New England Patriots the Texans were defeated 41–28.

            Notable records vs opponents

            As members of the AFC South, the Texans play six of their sixteen games each season against other AFC South teams. The Texans have a cumulative record of 26–46 (.361) against their three divisional rivals. This includes lifetime records of 13–11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, 9–15 against the Tennessee Titans, and 4–20 against the Indianapolis Colts (including an 0-12 mark on the road). The Texans have fared better against the rest of their conference, posting a record of 33–39 (.458) against AFC teams from divisions other than the South. The Texans are 20–28 (.417) against NFC teams.

            As of the end of 2013, there are two teams against which the Texans have never lost: the Chicago Bears (3–0) and Miami Dolphins (7–0). There are also two teams which the Texans have never beaten: the Minnesota Vikings (0–3) and Philadelphia Eagles (0–3). The Eagles are on the Texans' schedule for 2014. The Texans will play against the Dolphins in 2015, and against the Bears and the Vikings, both NFC North teams, in 2016. Since the Dolphins are the only one of these four mentioned teams in the same conference as the Texans (AFC), they will be able to play each other far more often (Click here for more information on the NFL's scheduling formula).

            NFL playoffs record

            Main articles: 2011–12 NFL playoffs and 2012–13 NFL playoffs

            Players of note

            Main article: List of Houston Texans players

            Current roster

            Houston Texans roster
            Quarterbacks
            • 14 Ryan Fitzpatrick
            •  7 Case Keenum
            •  3 Tom Savage


            Running backs
            • 44 Alfred Blue
            • 33 Andre Brown
            • 23 Arian Foster
            • 41 Jonathan Grimes
            • 28 Dennis Johnson
            • 42 Toben Opurum FB
            • 45 Jay Prosch FB
            • 47 Brad Smelley FB


            Wide receivers
            • 12 Lacoltan Bester
            • 16 Alan Bonner
            • 10 DeAndre Hopkins
            • 83 Kofi Hughes
            • 80 Andre Johnson
            • 19 Travis Labhart
            • 17 Alec Lemon
            • 82 Keshawn Martin
            • 18 Anthony McClung
            • 87 Uzoma Nwachukwu
            • 11 DeVier Posey
            • 89 Mike Thomas


            Tight ends
            • 81 Anthony Denham
            • 87 C. J. Fiedorowicz
            • 88 Garrett Graham
            • 84 Ryan Griffin
            • 86 Zach Potter
            Offensive linemen
            • 66 Conor Boffeli G
            • 79 Brandon Brooks G
            • 76 Duane Brown T
            • 71 Anthony Dima T
            • 74 Matt Feiler T
            • 78 James Ferentz C
            • 60 Ben Jones C
            • 62 Alex Kupper G
            • 55 Chris Myers C
            • 75 Derek Newton T
            • 70 Xavier Su'a-Filo G/T
            • 67 Cody White G
            • 73 Brennan Williams T
            • 72 Bryan Witzmann T
            • 61 Will Yeatman T


            Defensive linemen
            • 71 Austin Brown NT
            • 98 Keith Browner, Jr. DE
            • 93 Jared Crick DE
            • 68 Tim Jackson DE
            • 96 Tim Jamison DE
            • 94 Ricardo Mathews DE
            • 92 Louis Nix NT
            • 97 Jeoffrey Pagan DE
            • 95 Jerrell Powe NT
            • 74 Julius Warmsley DE
            • 99 J. J. Watt DE
            Linebackers
            • 65 Jason Ankrah OLB
            • 53 Max Bullough ILB
            • 90 Jadeveon Clowney OLB
            • 56 Brian Cushing ILB
            • 50 Akeem Dent ILB
            • 51 Paul Hazel OLB
            • 63 Terrance Lloyd OLB
            • 64 Chris McAllister OLB
            • 59 Whitney Mercilus OLB
            • 54 Mike Mohamed ILB
            • 58 Brooks Reed ILB
            • 91 Ricky Sapp OLB
            • 52 Jeff Tarpinian ILB
            • 57 Justin Tuggle ILB
            • 54 Trevardo Williams OLB
            • 61 Chris Young ILB


            Defensive backs
            • 39 Lonnie Ballentine FS
            • 34 A. J. Bouye CB
            • 20 Chris Clemons SS
            • 38 Andre Hal CB
            • 26 Brandon Harris CB
            • 25 Kareem Jackson CB
            • 24 Johnathan Joseph CB
            • 31 Shiloh Keo FS
            • 21 Kendrick Lewis FS
            • 43 Elbert Mack CB
            • 35 Eddie Pleasant SS
            • 29 Jawanza Starling SS
            • 36 D. J. Swearinger FS
            • 27 Josh Victorian CB
            • 40 Marcus Williams CB


            Special teams
            •  2 Chris Boswell K
            •  4 Randy Bullock K
            •  9 Shane Lechler P
            • 46 Jon Weeks LS
            Reserve lists
            • 77 David Quessenberry G/T (NF-Ill.) Injury icon 2.svg



            Rookies in italics


            Roster updated July 6, 2014


            Depth Chart • Transactions


            89 Active, 2 Inactive
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            NFL Draft history

            Further information: Houston Texans draft history
            First-round draft picks by year
            Further information: List of Houston Texans first-round draft picks
            = Pro Bowler
            * Asterisk indicates a player who was selected to the Pro Bowl only as a member of another team.
            YearPickPlayerPositionCollege
            20021st overallDavid CarrQuarterbackFresno State
            20033rd overallAndre JohnsonWide receiverMiami (FL)
            200410th overallDunta RobinsonCornerbackSouth Carolina
            200427th overall (from Tennessee)Jason Babin*Defensive endWestern Michigan
            200516th overall (from New Orleans)Travis JohnsonDefensive tackleFlorida State
            20061st overallMario WilliamsDefensive endNorth Carolina State
            200710th overall (from Atlanta)Amobi OkoyeDefensive tackleLouisville
            200826th overall (from Baltimore)Duane BrownOffensive tackleVirginia Tech
            200915th overallBrian CushingLinebackerSouthern California
            201020th overallKareem JacksonCornerbackAlabama
            201111th overallJ.J. WattDefensive endWisconsin
            201226th overallWhitney MercilusDefensive endIllinois
            201327th overallDeAndre HopkinsWide receiverClemson
            20141st overallJadeveon ClowneyDefensive endSouth Carolina

            Awards and honors

            Main article: List of Houston Texans awards and honors

            Coaches of note

            Head coaches

            Main article: List of Houston Texans head coaches
            NameFromToSeasonsRecordDivision Titles
            WLT
            Dom CapersJanuary 21, 2001January 2, 20064184600
            Gary KubiakJanuary 26, 2006December 6, 20138616402
            Wade PhillipsDecember 6, 2013January 1, 2014Interim0400
            Bill O'BrienJanuary 2, 2014Present10000

            Offensive coordinators

            • Chris Palmer (2002–2005)
            • Troy Calhoun (2006)
            • Mike Sherman (2007)
            • Kyle Shanahan (2008–2009)
            • Rick Dennison (2010–2013)
            • Bill O'Brien (2014–Present)

            Defensive coordinators

            • Vic Fangio (2002–2005)
            • Richard Smith (2006–2008)
            • Frank Bush (2009–2010)
            • Wade Phillips (2011–2013)
            • Romeo Crennel (2014–Present)


            Current staff
            Houston Texans staff



            Front Office

            • Founder/Chairman/CEO – Bob McNair
            • Vice Chairman – Philip Burguières
            • Vice Chairman – D. Cal McNair
            • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Rick Smith
            • President – Jamey Rootes
            • Vice President of Football Administration – Chris Olsen
            • Senior Personnel Advisor – Bobby Grier
            • Director of College Scouting – Mike Maccagnan
            • Director of Football Research – Jim Bernhardt
            • Director of Pro Personnel - Brian Gaine
            • Assistant Director of Pro Personnel - Larry Wright



            Head Coaches

            • Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator – Bill O'Brien



            Offensive Coaches

            • Quarterbacks – George Godsey
            • Running Backs – Charles London
            • Wide Receivers – Stan Hixon
            • Tight Ends - John Perry
            • Offensive Line – Paul Dunn
            • Offensive Quality Control - Tim Kelly
             


            Defensive Coaches

            • Defensive Coordinator – Romeo Crennel
            • Defensive Line – Bill Kollar
            • Linebackers – Mike Vrabel
            • Secondary – John Butler
            • Assistant Secondary – Anthony Midget
            • Defensive Quality Control - Will Lawing



            Special Teams Coaches

            • Special Teams Coordinator – Bob Ligashesky
            • Assistant Special Teams Coordinator - Doug Colman



            Strength and Conditioning

            • Head Strength and Conditioning – Craig Fitzgerald
            • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Sean Hayes
            • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Anthony Pleasant

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            Traditions

            • Battle Red Day – On Battle Red Day the team wears the red alternate jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear red to the game. Starting in 2007 and including 2008, this included the Texans wearing red pants along with the red jerseys.
            • Bull Pen – The sections behind the north end zone of Reliant Stadium are known as the Bull Pen. Some of the most avid Texans fans attend games in the Bull Pen and regular members have helped create and implement fan traditions, songs and chants, such as:
            • -Holding up giant Texans jerseys while the visiting team’s players are announced
            • -Turning their backs on the opposing team after they score
            • -Gathering as a group for tailgating in the NW corner of the Platinum Lot of Reliant Stadium at the “Blue Crew” tailgate and conducting the Bull Pen Toast every game approximately an hour and a half prior to kickoff
            • -Walking in the HEB Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving Day
            • -Visiting the Bull Pen Pub for TORO Wraps, cheerleader autographs and to listen and dance with the Bull Pen Pep Band
            • Bull Pen Pep Band – 45-member musical group that performs at all Houston Texans home games.
            • Pre-Kickoff Tradition – Before each kickoff at a home game, the Texans will run a short clip of a raging bull thrashing the opponent of the week. The video is paired with the AC/DC song "Thunderstruck".
            • Player Introduction – When the players are introduced before the game, the announcer says the player's first name and the crowd yells out the last name (e.g. The announcer will say "Linebacker Brian..." and the crowd will yell out "CUSHING!!!").

            Radio and television

            As of 2007[update], the Texans' flagship radio stations were KILT SportsRadio 610AM and KILT 100.3FM. The AM station has an all-sports format, while the FM station plays contemporary country music. Both are owned by CBS Radio. Marc Vandermeer is the play-by-play announcer. Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware provides color commentary, and SportsRadio 610 host Rich Lord serves as the sideline reporter. Preseason games are telecast by KTRK, an ABC owned and operated station. Joel Meyers calls the preseason games on TV, with former Oilers running back Spencer Tillman providing color commentary. Regular season games are aired over KHOU, KRIV if an NFC team hosts a game, and KPRC for Sunday night games.

            Spanish-language radio broadcasts of the team's games are aired on KLAT Univisión América 1010AM. Enrique Vásquez is the play-by-play announcer. José Jojo Padrón provides color commentary, and Fernando Hernández[disambiguation needed] serves as sideline reporter.

            Radio affiliates

            Texans Radio Affiliates
            CityCall SignFrenquency
            Alpine, TexasKVLF-AM1240 AM
            Athens, TexasKLVQ-AM1410 AM
            Austin, TexasKVET-AM1300 AM
            Big Spring, TexasKBYG-AM1400 AM
            Brenham, TexasKWHI-AM1280 AM
            Carthage, TexasKGAS-AM1590 AM
            Carthage, TexasKGAS-FM104.3 FM
            College Station, TexasKZNE-AM1150 AM
            Corpus Christi, TexasKSIX-AM1230 AM
            Henderson, TexasKWRD-AM1470 AM
            Houston, TexasKILT-FM100.3 FM
            Liberty, TexasKSHN-FM99.9 FM
            Livingston, TexasKETX-FM92.3 FM
            Lufkin, TexasKSML-AM1260 AM
            Marshall, TexasKMHT-AM1450 AM
            Marshall, TexasKMHT-FM103.9 FM
            New Braunfels, TexasKGNB-AM1420 AM
            Orange, TexasKOGT-AM1600 AM
            San Angelo, TexasKKSA-AM1260 AM
            San Antonio, TexasKZDC-AM1250 AM
            Texarkana, TexasKCMC940 AM
            Temple, TexasKTEM-AM1400 AM
            Wichita Falls, TexasKSEY-AM1230 AM

            Theme music

            The theme song of the Texans is "It's Football Time In Houston" by Clay Walker. The Texans tried to introduce a new fight song in 2003 written by Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, but quickly returned to the original after a negative reception by fans. The song was donated by Walker to the City of Houston.

            The Texans' defensive squad takes the field to the sound of "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine. The Texans started using the song after OLB Connor Barwin coined the nickname in a Tweet in 2011.

            On January 5, 2012, local Houston rap artists Slim Thug, Paul Wall and ZRo released a song titled "HOUSTON" supporting the Houston Texans. The YouTube video has amassed over a million views becoming unofficially the Texans most popular theme song.

            "Hats Off To The Bull" by the hard rock band Chevelle has become another popular theme song of the entire team. It is frequently played at home games.

            Work in the community

            The Houston Texans organization is a supporter of the character education program, Heart of a Champion.

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