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Texans feigning quarterback interest?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2013 – 2:35 pm

The latest buzz out of Houston is that the Texans aren’t ruling out the possibility of taking a quarterback in round one or two this spring.

The Texans have the 27th overall pick in round one, and Houston head coach Gary Kubiak didn’t deny they’re always on the lookout for a long term answer at quarterback.

“I think in this league, you’re always looking for that young quarterback that you think is going to be a 10, 12-year player in this league and be very successful,” Kubiak said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The Houston Texans team website points out that the club has typically selected quarterbacks in the latter rounds of late as evidenced by the picks of T.J. Yates, a fifth-rounder (2007) and Alex Brink, a seventh rounder (2008).

For what it’s worth there are currently four quarterbacks on Houston’s roster. 

In all likelihood the Texans are feigning interest in a quarterback in a possible effort to stimulate trade talk where they sit at the bottom of round one, knowing the scenario exists where a quarterback needy team might trade up into the bottom of round one to land a better value at the quarterback position.


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Texans to evaluate Schobel

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2010 – 5:43 pm

Looks like there’s some level of interest on the part of the Texans in Aaron Schobel.

That according to HoustonTexans.com, which quoted Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as saying the following.

“He’s a heck of a player obviously,” said Kubiak. “I’ve followed him for a lot of years, being a local guy around town here. But we are going to do our homework on him like we do on every player. He’s a fine football player. We’ll do our homework, just like every other team, and see what happens.” 

Kubiak also added that defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who coached Schobel in Buffalo for three years, speaks very highly of him.


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What Texans see in OL Smith

Posted by Chris Brown on March 8, 2010 – 9:51 pm

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak talked with HoustonTexans.com about what they like about OL Wade Smith.

Here’s what Kubiak likes about Smith.

“(Versatility) is the biggest thing with him,” Kubiak told HoustonTexans.com. “I’ve chased this kid a couple of times. I chased him in Denver, and now I get a chance here in Houston. He can play a lot of spots.

“We see him as an inside player. We want him to come compete at the center/guard position for our football team. We think that’s going to be a very competitive position for our team this year, so we’ll see what he thinks of it.”

So much like the Bills, Houston sees him as a versatile interior option that has plenty of starting experience. But he left Houston Monday night without a contract.


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OL Smith to also visit Texans

Posted by Chris Brown on March 6, 2010 – 10:32 am

OL Wade Smith, who is wrapping up his visit with the Bills today (Saturday), has another team that he’s scheduled to visit.

According to HoustonTexans.com, Smith will be visiting the Texans later on Saturday. Smith’s hometown is Dallas, so it’s not surprising that he’s interested in hearing what the Texans have to say, knowing it could be a chance to play a lot closer to home.

The Bills advantage is he would be playing for coaches he’s familiar with already in head coach Chan Gailey and offensive line coach Joe D’Allesandris. Guess we’ll know soon what ultimately tips the scales for Smith.


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Texans coach Kubiak to stay employed

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2010 – 7:09 pm

According to the Houston Chronicle, there will be one fewer coaching job available than some anticipated.

With the Houston Texans finishing strong at 9-7 and winning their last four including a season finale win over the Patriots, owner Bob McNair confirmed that Gary Kubiak will be back in 2010.

“Gary’s my coach,” McNair said after the game to the Houston Chronicle. “I know there was speculation that he might not be, but he is. He’ll definitely be back. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be. The team matured today. It was a great victory for us.”

A poor finish likely would’ve sealed Kubiak’s fate and the Texans like the Bills would have also been looking for a head coach. As a result there is one less big market NFL team looking for a head coach along with Buffalo.


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