Houston Texans Football
The Houston Texans are an American football team affiliated with the NFL. Based in Houston, Texas, they are members of the AFC South (along with the Colts, Jaguars and Titans). They joined the league as an expansion team in 2002. Since that time, they have yet to post a winning record. The previous Houston franchise, The Houston Oilers, moved away in 1997 and became the Tennessee Titans.
The Origin of Houston Texans Football
In 1999, NFL owners voted to award the city of Los Angeles with an NFL franchise. This hinged on whether or not the city could put together an ownership team and a stadium deal. A deadline was set, and it was decided that Houston would be next in line if Los Angeles failed to meet the necessary requirements.
The deadline passed and the L.A. ownership group could not satisfy the wishes of the league. At the last minute, they offered $540 million for an NFL franchise. Houston businessman Bob McNair, however, made an offer of $700 million. The NFL owners voted 29-0 to award the league’s 32nd franchise to Houston.
By March of 2000, the search for a team name had been narrowed down to five choices: Stallions, Texans, Wildcatters, Bobcats and Apollos. This list was further narrowed down to the Texans, Apollos and Stallions. By September, The Houston Texans had been chosen as name of the franchise.
In January of 2001, Dom Capers was announced as the team’s first head coach. The groundbreaking of Reliant Stadium took place in the spring of 2002. The NFL Houston Texans were ready to make their debut.
An Impressive Start
The Texans’ began their inaugural season by playing a Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys. Rookie quarterback David Carr hit tight end Billy Miller for a touchdown on their first possession of the game, and the Texans went on to upset the Cowboys by a score of 19-10. With the victory, they became only the second expansion team in history to win their first game.
Back to Reality
Their success was short-lived, however. The Texans would go on to lose their next five games and finish the season with a record of 4-12. David Carr set a record for the most sacked quarterback in a season, getting dropped 76 times.
Subsequent seasons ended in disappointment, as the team failed to show improvement. Dom Capers lasted until January of 2006, when he was replaced with Gary Kubiak. Capers ended his stint with a record of 18-46.
The team has showed some improvement under Kubiak, finishing the 2007 season with a franchise best 8-8 record. Overall, Kubiak is 14-18 with the team.
The Bull Pen
The Bull Pen is the nickname of the area behind the north end zone of Reliant Stadium. Like the “Dawg Pound” in Cleveland or “The Black Hole” in Oakland, this area is filled with the team’s most passionate fans.
Current Texans Stars
The following players are among the most popular on the Texans’ current roster:
- Matt Schaub (QB)
- Ahman Green (RB)
- Andre Johnson (WR)
- Mario Williams (DE)
- N.D. Kalu (DE)
- Amobi Okoye (DT)
- DeMeco Ryans (ILB)