Houston Texans Links: Thursday Roundup


Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) scrambles with the ball during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like it been longer than seven days since the Houston Texans last played a game, but with Thursday arriving and still being three days away from their Week 15 game in Indianapolis, the Texans are still getting accustomed to the changes in the franchise.

Before we get into Week 15, our friends at House of Houston posted a Week 14 grade card for the Texans loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars. The play of the quarterbacks received a C+ with the following about the QBs:

"“Case Keenum was just 16/29 for 158 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. He was benched for Matt Schaub (again). Schaub played better, completing 17/29 for 198 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. The Texans offense looked better with Schaub under center.”"

If you are a fan of the Houston Astros, House of Houston is a good spot to get information on the current winter meetings going on in baseball.

Back to football, the Houston Chronicle’s Ultimate Texans blog Brian T. Smith wrote in an article titled: “Texans’ Keenum says ‘pissed off’ team wants to finish season strong,” the following:

"“We’ve got nothing to lose and I think that’s pretty scary for other teams,” Keenum said at Reliant Stadium. “Because we’re really talented and have nothing to lose, and I think a lot of guys are pissed off. So, that’s kind of a scary combination.”"

Yes, the Texans can be a very dangerous team, but they have to execute on the football field and for 13 games they simply haven’t. Kind of sad they have to get “pissed off” because their head coach got fired and they have an 11-game losing streak they want to snap.

Where was this feeling all season long?

Here is an article from ESPN.com on Wade Phillips having Big 12 referees at practice to help cut down penalties. Tania Ganguli wrote:

"“The Texans rank ninth in the NFL this season having committed 89 penalties. Their yardage lost, however, is the third-highest in the league: 912 yards, ranking below only the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”"

That is the story of the Houston Texans season … no discipline.