Texans morning huddle: Griffin returns, Bengals have a ‘total defense’


Good morning Texans fans, hopefully this Tuesday treats you well. The bye week is officially over and we are “on to Cincinnati!” Here is the news you need to know regarding the Houston Texans;

Texans grapple with Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney’s roles in second half – by Tania Ganguli, ESPN

"While the rest of us marveled at Whitney Mercilus’ pass rushing, which yielded 3.5 sacks against the Tennessee Titans, Texans coach Bill O’Brien’s attention was drawn elsewhere.More from Toro TimesHouston Texans: Can Sean Payton really be the next head coach?Houston Texans Draft: Michael Mayer should be a no doubter at pick 12Houston Texans already telling fans the Davis Mills era is overHouston Texans have hand forced, waste no time in firing Lovie SmithHouston Texans: Pros and Cons of keeping Head Coach Lovie SmithHolding a remote to direct the visual, he showed a run play with the Titans backed up near their own end zone, during a segment on the in-house television show Texans Extra Points this weekend."

Ryan Griffin returns to practice – by Deepi Sidhu, HoustonTexans.com

"Ryan Griffin returned to the practice field on Monday for the first time in nearly two months. Griffin is coming off the injured reserve with designation to return after suffering an MCL sprain in the season opener against Kansas City.“He was moving around pretty good,” head coach Bill O’Brien said after practice. “I thought he looked pretty good.”"

“Total” defense looming for Texans on MNF – by Drew Dougherty, HoustonTexans.com

"The Bengals don’t just have a ‘good’ defense.They have a ‘total’ defense, according to the Houston Texans.Perfect through the first half of 2015, Cincinnati boasts a defensive unit that allows just 17.8 points per game. That’s the fourth-best mark in the entire League.“They’re 8-0 for a reason,” Bill O’Brien said on Monday. “That’s a heck of an opponent on the other side.”"