September 24, 2015 |
IT IS almost pointless to ask ourselves whether the NFL has figured out Chip Kelly, because figuring out things is what the NFL does. The players say that the letters on the shield offer an accurate appraisal of their job prospects - Not For Long - but reallly they sum up the entirety of the league. Every team employs legions of minds whose sole job is to figure stuff out, and those minds do not sleep until they succeed, or until they are fired. The NFL is a fascinating study in survival of the fittest, one team's adaptations prompting another team's counteradaptations to create a sport whose equillibrium is hyperevolution.
August 28, 2015 |
Ameer Abdullah, Lions: He is having such a good camp that comparisons to Barry Sanders and LeSean McCoy have emerged. Abdullah is playing his way up the fantasy depth chart. He's an RB2 in 12-team leagues. C.J. Anderson, Broncos: The angels sang after head coach Gary Kubiak said earlier this month he believes in having a primary running back rather than a committee. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman are backups to monitor. Le'Veon Bell, Steelers: Suspended the first two games of the season (reduced from three)
November 5, 2013 |
In a scary moment during Sunday night's Houston-Indianapolis game, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the 24-yard line as the teams were leaving the field at halftime. Kubiak, 52, stayed on the ground for several minutes, surrounded by medical personnel including Texans head trainer Geoff Kaplan. After a few minutes, he sat up, grimaced, and spoke. Kubiak then lay back down so he could put on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital. The Texans didn't say what was wrong with Kubiak, but did say he didn't have a heart attack.
January 12, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Matt Schaub made his first playoff start last Saturday and helped lead the Houston Texans to a win. But he did make a key mistake, throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The West Chester East graduate knows that he will have to be much better if the Texans expect to win at New England in a divisional playoff game Sunday. "He's going to have to play at a high level, but we all are," coach Gary Kubiak said. "You know what I mean? We've got a job to do around him. " Schaub's No. 1 goal on Sunday is to help the offense score touchdowns instead of field goals when it gets in the red zone.
January 5, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Matt Schaub missed Houston's 2011 playoff run with an injured foot. Now the Texans' quarterback, who starred at West Chester East High School, is healthy and looking forward to his first playoff start Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The wild-card playoff game offers Schaub a chance to redeem himself after he threw two interceptions in last week's loss to Indianapolis, which kept Houston from getting a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
November 28, 2011 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Matt Leinart and Matt Schaub stood next to each other for the final few snaps, Leinart in a sling and Schaub in a walking boot. The scene spoke volumes about Houston's quarterback situation and playoff chances. If the Texans are going to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, they probably will have to do it with a third-string quarterback. Leinart injured his throwing shoulder Sunday at Jacksonville, overshadowing Houston's 20-13 victory against the inept Jaguars.
September 9, 2010 |
GOING UP Texans Raiders 49ers GOING DOWN Saints Patriots Steelers GOING NOWHERE Redskins Rams Jaguars FIRST-ROUND HITS Ndamukong Suh, DT, Lions (second) C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills (ninth) Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers (18th) Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals (21st) Jahvid Best, RB, Lions (30th) FIRST-ROUND MISSES Gerald McCoy, DT, Bucs (third) Tyson Alualu, DT, Jaguars (10th) Ryan Matthews, RB, Chargers (12th)
May 20, 2007 |
On March 22, the Houston Texans announced that the "Matt Schaub era" had begun for the eight-year-old NFL franchise. That day, the Texans gave their second-round choices in both this year's and next year's draft to the Atlanta Falcons for the former West Chester East quarterback. After signing a multiyear, multimillion-dollar contract with the Texans, they designated him No. 1 on the depth chart before he even took a snap. The team said it would trade five-year quarterback David Carr.
March 24, 2007 |
The Houston Texans waived quarterback David Carr, the first draft pick in franchise history 5 years ago, and running back Domanick Williams. The Texans never have had a winning record, and Carr often was the scapegoat. He completed 60 percent of his passes, but also threw 65 interceptions and was sacked 249 times in five seasons. Houston hoped Carr would flourish under new coach Gary Kubiak last season, but the Texans went 6-10. Williams, formerly Domanick Davis, is Houston's career rushing leader with 3,195 yards.
September 8, 2006 |
Some of the video being viewed by the Eagles' defense this week is rated PG 49. Here's how the rating system works: The letters stand for a pretty gruesome performance, and the 49 represents the number of points allowed by the Eagles' defense in a lopsided loss to the Denver Broncos last November. "Yeah, it's painful to [watch], there's no question about that," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said when asked if he was examining the game film from that Eagles defeat. Just so you're not too confused, the Eagles will not play the defending NFC West champion Broncos in their opener Sunday at Reliant Stadium.