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Houston Texans

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The History of the Houston Texans

1997-2001: When the Houston Oilers departed for the Music City in 1997, most thought the NFL would never return. However, Bob McNair a wealthy oilman wanted to bring the NFL back to Houston, and when his efforts to bring the NHL to Houston failed in 1997, he stepped up his efforts for bringing back pro-football. McNair and his business partner Chuck Watson put together a plane with the officials from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R) say they will push for the building of a retractable roof stadium that the Rodeo will share with an NFL team, as opposed to renovating the Astrodome. However, despite the organized efforts the NFL wanted to expand to Los Angeles. However, the politicians in LA could not agree on what plan to go with, and the NFL who was so impressed with Houston's plan started to consider putting the 32nd team in Houston. In March of 1999 the NFL gave the city of LA a 6-month deadline to get their plans together. When the Los Angeles officials failed to get an organized plan together, the NFL decided to award Bob McNair and Houston the 32nd team that would begin play in 2002.

: The NFL returned to Houston as the expansion Texans faced the Dallas Cowboys in a Lone Star State showdown in Primetime on September 8th at Reliant Stadium the first stadium with a retractable roof in the NFL. It would be a magical night for the Texans and they became just the second expansion team since 1960 to win their very first game as the stunned the Cowboys 19-10 with Billy Miller scoring the first Touchdown in franchise history. After the jubilation of their first came the Texans came back to earth losing 5 straight before beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-19 on October 27th for their first ever road victory. After three straight losses the Texans would get their third win by stunning the playoff bound New York Giants 16-14 at Reliant Stadium. After a 19-3 loss on the road to the Indianapolis Colts the Texans got their fourth and final win by stunning the NFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 24-6 as Aaron Glenn returned two interceptions for Touchdowns as the Texans won despite being held to 46 yards total offense. The Texans would go on to lose their final four games to finish with a 4-12 record. Setting the tone for the Texans resiliency and toughness was Quarterback David Carr who took every snap despite being sacked a NFL record 76 times.

: The Texans got their second season started in grand style as they stunned the Miami Dolphins in the first game of the season on the road 21-20, as they were listed as two Touchdown underdogs. After losing their next two games the Texans faced the prospect of a 1-3 start trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-17 in the final seconds at Reliant Stadium. After three failed attempts at the goaline, Coach Dom Capers decided to roll the dice going for the win instead of the game tying Field Goal. The gamble would pay off as Quarterback David Carr snuck the ball past the goaline on the game’s final play to give the Texans a dramatic 24-20 win. After losing their next three games the Texans played the role of bad hosts for eventual NFC Champion beating the Carolina Panthers 14-10. After splitting the next two games the Texans gave the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots all they could handle as they led most of the way before the Patriots tied the game in the final minute. The Patriots would go on to win the game 23-20 in overtime, but they walked away knowing like the Panthers their Super Bowl Opponents at Reliant Field were no pushovers. A week later the Texans would with five game of the season over the Atlanta Falcons 17-13. However numerous injuries would take their toll as they would not win another game the rest of the way finishing with a 5-11 record.

: The Texans would get off to a slow start in their third season, as they lost their first two games. Looking at 0-3 in the face the Texans rallied to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on the road 24-21 as Kris Benson nailed a 49-yard Field Goal with seven seconds remaining. After beating the Oakland Raiders the following week, the Texans rallied to score 21 points in the 4th Quarter to force overtime against the Minnesota Vikings. However, the Vikings would win in Overtime 34-28. The Texans would rebound off the overtime loss to win their next two games and peak over .500 at 4-3, but three straight losses would essentially end the Texans playoff hopes. The Texans would eventually fall to 5-8, before making run last run at respectability with two straight wins. However, with a shot at .500 the Texans lost their season finale to the struggling Cleveland Browns 22-14 as they settled for 7-9.

: When you are an expansion team you expect to take your lumps in the first few seasons, and by year four you hope to be ready to make a step forward. Unfortunately for the Texans year four would see the team take a major step backwards as they played worse than any of their first three seasons. The trouble started right from the beginning of the season as the Texans were hammered by the Buffalo Bills 22-7. A week later it was not ay better in the home opener as they were beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-7. In fact the Texans would start out losing each of their first six games, as David Carr resembled a punching bag as he was sacked a NFL high 68 times on his way to a disappointing 2,488-yard season with 14 Touchdown and 11 Interceptions. After earning their first win over the Cleveland Browns 19-16, the Texans struggles continued as they lost another six games in a row including a painful overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams, in which they blew a ten point lead in the final 30 seconds. The Texans would go on to finish the season with a dreadful 2-14 record, leading to the dismissal of Coach Dom Capers. After the horrendous season Texans fans became excited at the prospect of the draft some Texas fans wanted them to draft local hero Vince Young who had led the Longhorns to a dramatic Rose Bowl victory and a National Championship, while other more prudently thought they should go after Heisman Winner Reggie Bush, who was a Running Back with potential labeled unlimited. However, the Texans would stun and disappoint their fans again by selecting Defensive End Mario Williams of NC State.

: In year five the Texans were suddenly starting all over again with a new coach in Gary Kubiak, as they started the season with three straight losses, before holding on to a 17-15 win over the Miami Dolphins. After a humbling 34-6 loss on the road to the Dallas Cowboys, the Texans returned home and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, as they swept through the sunshine state beating the Jaguars twice and the Dolphins once. However, at 3-6 it did not do the Texans much good, as Reggie Bush was helping to revitalize the New Orleans Saints leading them to a NFC Championship Game, while Vince Young was on his way to winning a Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Tennessee Titans, when Young and the Titans came to Houston it was like throwing gasoline on the fans simmering frustration as he won the game 26-20 on a 39-yard touchdown run in overtime. As first round pick Mario Williams had a disappointing rookie season with 47 tackles. Not all rookies disappointed however, as second round pick DeMeco Ryans led the Texans with 156 tackles to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Texans would end the season with two straight wins including a dramatic 27-24 win over the eventual Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, but at 6-10 the Texans finished in last place again. Another disappointing player was Quarterback David Carr who once again had more interceptions that Touchdowns, and was released following the season as the Texans acquired Matt Schaub from the Atlanta Falcons.

: With new Quarterback Matt Schaub the Texans began the season in style with an impressive 20-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Having a strong game for the Texans was Mario Williams who returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown, as Schaub passed for 225 yards. A week later, Schaub was just as strong passing for 227 yards with two touchdown passes as the Texans stunned the Carolina Panthers on the road 34-21, for their first ever 2-0 start. However, it would not last as the Texans would lose their next two games, before facing the winless Miami Dolphins. In that game the Texans needed a late rally to win as they overcame a 16-7 deficit in the second quarter to beat the Dolphins 22-19 on a 57-yard field goal by Kris Brown as time expired. However, the Texans continued to struggle losing their next three games, with Matt Schaub missing time with hip and ankle injuries. After beating the Oakland Raiders with backup Sage Rosenfels, the Schaub returned to lead the Texans over the New Orleans Saints 23-10, as the Texans defense shutdown Reggie Bush. After losing their next two games the Texans were forced to start Sage Rosenfels the rest of the season as Matt Schaub suffered an injured shoulder in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. Rosenfels would not do badly as the Texans finished the season strong, winning three of their last four games to post an 8-8 record.

: As the season got underway the Texans were forced to scramble as Hurricane Ike was bearing down on Houston. Not surprisingly they would drop their season opener on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-17. The Texans would be forced to rearrange their schedule due to damage to the city of Houston and Reliant Stadium that would leave the roof open for the remainder of the season, taking a bye week in Week 2 as they moved their scheduled home opener against the Baltimore Ravens to later in the season. Playing their next two games on the road the Texans continued to struggle as they held a 0-3 record before finally coming home for a game against the Indianapolis Colts. Things looked good for the Texans as they held a 27-10 late in the 4th Quarter with backup Quarterback Sage Rosenfels starting for an injured Matt Schaub. However, in the last five minutes Rosenfels fumbled twice and threw a costly interception as the Colts scored 21 unanswered points for a 31-27 win that dropped the Texans to 0-4. Schaub would return a week later, and would score the game winning Touchdown on a three yard Quarterback sneak to beat the Miami Dolphins 29-28. The Texans would win their next two games against two of the worst teams in the NFL to get within one game of the .500 mark. However, with Schaub back on the shelf the Texans would lose three straight against playoff teams to fall to 3-7. While the playoffs were out of reach the Texans would get healthy as Matt Schaub returned, winning five of their final six games as they posted an 8-8 record for the second straight season.

2009: The 2009 Houston Texans season is the 8th season for the team in the National Football League. The Texans improved upon their 8–8 record in 2008, claimed their first winning season in franchise history, and narrowly missed making the playoffs.

Dom Capers 2002-2005
Gary Kubiak 2006-Present

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