Remember a year ago today when the Houston Texans were coming off the playoff loss to the New England Patriots? Sheesh. Times have changed since then. As John McClain pointed out, no one expected to see that same team (pretty much) finish dead last in the 2013 season, after a “successful” 2012 campaign. Welp, enough sulking. Check out the rest of the links for more.
- Lee White (AstrosTurf) asks if Tanaka is a possibility.
ESPN’s Buster Olney put out a report stating the Astros need to be “all in” when it comes to Tanaka. He is absolutely right. However, even though they aren’t a small market team, I don’t think they can afford him. Here’s why: CSN Houston. With the CSN Houston debacle still ongoing, the Astros won’t be able to afford Tanaka in my opinion. However, they still need to do everything in their power to try and land Tanaka. If CSN Houston were around, it might be possible to land Tanaka, but even then, I think the chances are relatively small. The Astros just aren’t good yet. It’s the painful truth, and a lot of top talents just won’t consider it until Houston starts winning games.
- Alex Sandoval (AstrosTurf) on the possibility of bringing in Ubaldo Jimenez.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) profiles Brad Peacock and Rudy Owens.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— gabe kapler (@gabekapler) January 12, 2014
- Jenny Dial Creech (Houston Chronicle) on Jeremy Lin.
“It’s crazy to think about a company like Adidas wanting me to represent them,” said Lin, 25, who had joined the other three as Adidas representatives after signing with the shoe company last week. “I guess it’s like every day of my life, though. Sometimes I see fans and I just can’t believe there are people who want to watch me play. All of this is still surreal sometimes.”
- Adam Wexler (CSN Houston) on James Harden.
- Jake Silver (Bleacher Report) (Video) of Dwight Howard playing 1-on-1 with a young Wizards fan.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
— Hiren Joshi (@htown747) January 12, 2014
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) says Manziel’s antics won’t bother the Texans.
The Texans take plenty of chances on players with questionable off-the-field pasts. Sometimes those chances work better than others. But would they gamble with the most important position on the field, with what might be the most important draft pick in franchise history?
- Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) says O’Brien’s staff could use some seasoning.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) takes a look at what went wrong for the Texans at running back.
- Texans tweet of the day…
Strange to remember Texans were playing this time last year and now they’re preparing for first pick in the draft.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) January 13, 2014