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Overview of the Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are the youngest franchise in the NFL. The Texans have struggled in their short history with the side not having a winning season until 2009. The franchise finally broke through for their first playoff appearance in 2011 and also won the AFC South for the first time, both feats repeated in 2012.

Statistics Overview of the Houston Texans

The Houston Texans entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 2002. They play their home matches at Reliant Stadium. The Texans have never won a Super Bowl or AFC Conference Championship in their short history. In 2011 they won their first AFC South division title, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time. The franchise has a less than impressive record of 79-113 and a playoffs record of 2-2. The Indianapolis Colts are the Texans biggest divisional rival.

Conference: AFC
Established: 2001
Stadium: Reliant Stadium (2002- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 0
Conference Championships: 0
Division Championships: 2 (2011, 2012)
Playoff Appearances:: 2 (2011, 2012)
Overall Record: 79-113
Playoff Record: 2-2
Biggest Rivals: Indianapolis Colts
Head Coach: Bill O’Brien
Legenday Players: Andre Johnson

Houston Texans: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Matt Schaub

Matt Schaub was selected with the 90th pick of the 2004 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Schaub spent three years at the Falcons but could never secure the starting quarterback position. In 2007 he was traded to the Houston Texans for second round draft picks in 2007 and 2008. Schaub was named starting quarterback of the Texans for the 2007 season but missed half the season because of injury. Injuries also plagued his 2008 season but Schaub remained injury free in 2009 and had a breakout season. He led the Texans to their first ever winning record and led the league in passing yards, competitions, yards per game and passing attempts. Injuries again plagued Schuab in 2011, with the quarterback missing the Texans maiden playoffs appearance. Re-signing with the Texans after week one of 2012, Schaub recorded another standout season that resulted in the Texans reaching the playoffs for a second consecutive year and handed Schaub his second Pro Bowl berth.

Offensive Star: Ben Tate

Ben Tate was drafted in the 2nd round in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Most projected Tate to be picked somewhere in the early to middle of the second round, and recognizing his value at pick 58, the Texans aggressively traded up to draft him. This is the only time in team history that the Texans have drafted a running back earlier than the third round. Tate appeared in 14 games with the Texans, making 7 starts, after Arian Foster suffered a season-ending injury. He responded by rushing 771 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. After battling cracked ribs for much of the season, Tate was placed on injury reserve in December. This is the most Tate has played since 2011, as he has been plagued by injuries. If he can remain injury-free in the 2014 season, he will be a strong contender for the Texans.

Defensive Star: J.J. Watt

Defensive end J.J. Watt was drafted 11th overall by the Texans in the 2011 NFL Draft. He had a good rookie season, though it was 2012 when he really came into his own. Watt’s sophomore season turned out to be one of the greatest seasons by any defensive player in NFL history. Watt became the first player in NFL history to record 16.5 sacks and tip 15 passes in a single season after a Week 13 victory against the Tennessee Titans. Watt and the Texans were in the top of the AFC for the first sixteen weeks, but with a loss to the Colts in week 17, they slid down to the third seed and faced the Cincinnati Bengals in the wildcard round for the second consecutive postseason. In January 2013 Watt was selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Year. He also made his debut on NFL's Top 100 list at No. 5, the highest ever debutant, and the highest-ranked defensive player. He’s made two consecutive Pro Bowls and All-Pros. With a similar 2013 season under his belt, he is a force to be reckoned with come 2014.

Head Coach: Bill O’Brien

Bill O’Brien was most recently head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions before getting the Houston Texans gig though he worked with the new England Patriots in various assistant and coaching roles from 2007-2011. After the firing of Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans, multiple reports stated that O'Brien showed interest in going back to the NFL. On December 29, 2013 he met with the Texans on further discussion of the head coaching job for the Texans. The Texans finished 2-14 in the 2013 NFL season, and own the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. O'Brien was officially introduced as the Texans head coach on January 2, 2014.

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