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Andre Johnson on Texans: ‘We suck’

Andre-Johnson-AFC-PlayoffsMost people would argue that the Houston Texans are a better football team than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Those who subscribe to the “numbers don’t lie” theory would tell you that the Texans and Jags are both 2-9, and Jacksonville beat Houston on Sunday. Does that mean the team that was once widely considered the NFL’s worst is now better than a team that made the playoffs a year ago?

After his team’s embarrassing 13-6 loss at home, star wide receiver Andre Johnson had very little to say to reporters. He didn’t need to say much.

“We suck,” Johnson said, via ESPN.com. “As an offense. That’s pretty much it.”

Case Keenum threw for just 169 yards and an interception against the Jaguars. Johnson caught two passes for 36 yards. The Texans have lost nine straight games since starting the season with back-to-back wins. Johnson was asked specifically if he believes Houston is the worst team in the NFL.

“I think our record shows it,” he said. “Yeah, if you look at our record, yeah, we’re the worst team.

“You’re not going to play perfect every single game, but I mean, it’s been bad, you know. (The fans) were booing us last week. They booed us before. I said it before, if we’re not putting good stuff on the field, we ain’t giving them nothing to cheer about. They booed. They should boo.”

Running back Ben Tate called out a fan who heckled him on Twitter last week and ripped Texans fans for booing. Johnson is right. The Texans deserve it. There are three teams in the NFL with only two wins. One of those teams picked up their second win against Houston on Sunday. As they say, if the shoe fits…

H/T Deadspin

Vince Young campaigns on Twitter for job with Houston Texans

Vince YoungGood news, Houston Texans fans. Matt Schaub may be hurt, and T.J. Yates may be throwing pick-sixes, but at least you have another good quarterback option. Houston native Vince Young has put himself in the running for the Texans quarterback job.

Vince made himself available to the team by sending these tweets during Sunday’s game:

Not only did VY, in the third person, let the team know he’s “in shape and ready to go!” but he also responded to a tweet from Houston rapper Slim Thug to say he was ready.

Young was in training camp with the Green Bay Packers and cut late in camp, so the argument can be made that he is ready to go. But come on, Vince. Stop acting like you’re the savior. This isn’t 2005 and you’re not playing for Texas anymore. It’s 2013 and in your last NFL season, you threw for nine interceptions and four touchdowns with good receivers in Philadelphia. Sorry to crush your dreams, but it ain’t happening.

Arian Foster called players-only meeting after loss to Seattle Seahawks

Arian-Foster-Rips-Fantasy-OwnersHow concerned are the Houston Texans about their 2-2 start to the 2013 season? Concerned enough for Arian Foster to call a players-only meeting after the team’s most recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Houston lost in overtime on Sunday after Matt Schaub threw two interceptions, one of which came toward the end of the fourth quarter and may have cost the Texans the game. According to the Houston Chronicle, Foster called a players-only meeting with his teammates on Monday. Defensive end Antonio Smith reportedly did a lot of the talking.

“Antonio is a strong, strong presence,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who obviously was not present for the meeting, said. “When he speaks, guys listen. He cares so much. It was hard to walk in there after a game like that, whether you’re a coach or a player and understand that whenever you’ve given everything you possibly have and you don’t get it done, it’s a very tough pill to swallow.

“It’s easy to not say anything. I think the important thing is that you do talk about it, and you let everybody know you’re committed to what’s going on. And that’s what he did, and he continued to do it in meetings. It hurts, but we’re a strong group. We’ll rally.”

The Texans are not 0-4. They have lost back-to-back games to the Baltimore Ravens and a Seahawks team that many consider the Super Bowl favorite, so there’s no need to panic just yet. Fans can continue to burn Schaub’s jersey in the parking lot after games, but the team needs to ignore all that and focus on getting back on track. Aside from the Denver Broncos, no AFC team looks overwhelming at the moment.

NFL admits it may have cost Chargers a win over Texans with bad call

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The San Diego Chargers lost to the Houston Texans on Monday night in typical Chargers fashion, blowing a 21-point lead in the second half. While the play of Philip Rivers and company down the stretch was inexcusable, a bad call from the officials may have cost San Diego the win.

On Tuesday, NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino admitted that a referee incorrectly called Chargers defensive tackle Cam Thomas for an illegal hit on Texans longsnapper Jon Weeks in the third quarter. The penalty erased Houston’s field goal and instead resulted in a first down. Matt Schaub hooked up with Owen Daniels for a 9-yard touchdown on the very next play to cut San Diego’s lead to 28-21.

“No, this was not a correct call. This is not the intent of the rule as it was written,” Blandino explained on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access. “The rule is to protect the snapper on a field goal or extra point from a direct forcible blow to the head or neck area, or with the crown/forehead/hairline parts of the helmet to the body. It was not designed to prohibit any contact with the snapper, which is what happened on this play.”

The mistake essentially handed the Texans four points in a game they won 31-28. Blandino went on to say that the play can only be called using the umpire’s judgment.

“It’s a judgment call by the umpire, he’s looking at that, and in his judgment, he felt that it was enough for a foul,” he said. “And in our review today, we felt that it was not.”

Did we flash back to 2012 for the NFL’s opening weekend this year? In addition to the incorrect call from the Texans-Chargers game, the NFL also admitted that it should not have allowed the San Francisco 49ers to replay third down after a brawl broke out because of Clay Matthews’ late hit on Colin Kaepernick. That’s two blown calls that may have affected the outcome of games. And these were not replacement refs. Tisk, tisk.

Houston Texans call game against New England Patriots ‘Homecoming’

Texans-letterman-jacketThe Houston Texans announced on Tuesday that they have come up with a theme for each of their eight home games during the 2013 season. On the surface, the promotion sounds pretty standard with charitable themes like “Pink Ribbon Day” and “Salute to Service” day. However, Houston’s theme for its game against the New England Patriots is all people are talking about.

As NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport pointed out, the Texans have decided to make Dec. 1 against New England their “Homecoming” game. Why is that a big deal? Last year, the Texans debuted these letterman jackets and went with a high school theme before getting demolished by the Patriots on Monday Night Football. They lost 42-14 and were defeated by the Pats again in the playoffs a few weeks later.

Is this the team’s way of plotting revenge? Clearly the Texans are not superstitious.

Granted, the Patriots have lost several key players this offseason (thanks in part to the Aaron Hernandez murder trial) and are looking shaky heading into 2013. Still, it sounds like someone in the team’s PR department should have thought it through a little more thoroughly. If New England destroys Houston once again, fans are sure to blame the theme.

Connor Barwin thanks everyone in Houston from the delivery guy to the fans

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Connor Barwin signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. He was one of the more versatile linebackers in the game with Houston, particularly in 2011 when he racked up 11.5 sacks. As many players do, Barwin wanted to think his former organization and their fans on his way out the door.

However, the former second-round pick did things a bit differently than most. We have seen full-page ads thanking the fans and even heartfelt hand-written letters. But to my knowledge, no athlete has ever taken the time to thank the delivery guy, his cleaning lady, the popcorn guy and cheesecake. Those were just a few of the bases Barwin covered in his thank you letter to the Houston area.

We knew he was a generous guy after this offer to Jeremy Lin last year, but Barwin truly went above and beyond with his farewell message. Very unique and nicely done.

Photo via Twitter/Jayme Lamm

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Pitbull concert may have delayed Ed Reed signing with the Texans

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The Houston Texans have made it no secret that they desperately want to bring veteran All-Pro safety Ed Reed on board. On Thursday, everyone from the Texans official Twitter account to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was gushing over the team’s decision to fly a private jet to pick Reed up and bring him to Houston for a meeting. It’s starting to look like Reed could sign with the Texans, but did rapper Pitbull delay the team’s plans?

According to Around the League, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle told “NFL AM” on Friday morning that the Texans had to cut their meeting with Reed short on Thursday so they could get out of Reliant Stadium before more than 70,000 fans piled in for the Pitbull concert. Despite the inconvenience, McClain said he still expects Reed to sign with the team.

“I don’t think they would have done that if they didn’t think they had a good chance to keep him, they don’t want to send him home on Southwest,” McClain said.

On Friday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter cited a source who said it is only a “50-50 at best” chance that Reed signs with the Texans. There’s still a possibility he could return to Baltimore or explore other options. As of Friday afternoon, Reed had reportedly left the building in Houston without a deal.

The Texans and their fans would desperately like to have a veteran, ball-hawking presence like Reed to anchor their defense. If they’re unable to pull it off, blame Pitbull. Who knows what else could have been accomplished if his concert didn’t interrupt.