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Texans Interim Coach Romeo Crennel Defends His Two-Point Decision in Final Minutes

Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel eschewed a field goal that would have put his team up four points in favor of a fourth-down play that resulted in a Brandin Cooks touchdown catch pushing Houston up seven points over the Titans with 1:50 to play.

Crennel’s next decision didn’t work out as well, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The interim coach called for a 2-point attempt in an effort to stretch the lead to nine instead of kicking the extra point and making it an eight-point game. On the 2-point try, Deshaun Watson bought time and had a wide-open Randall Cobb for a conversion that would have all but clinched the win. Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, however, got a paw on the ball to deflect the pigskin to the ground.

From there, the Titans marched down the field, kicked an extra point to tie, sent the game to overtime and won on a Derrick Henry TD on the first possession of OT.

“I wanted to go ahead and get the two points,” Crennel said defending his decision, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “It felt like that would kind of put it out of reach for them, and if we would have gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. As it turned out, we didn’t get it, and then with the touchdown and the extra point they tied it up, and we were in overtime.”

The Texans are 0-4, But O’Brien Doesn’t Seem Worried About the Future

The Texans have played the toughest slate in the NFL to date, but for Bill O’Brien and the team they are not worried about sweeping changes despite sitting at 0-4.

O’Brien said Monday via ESPN that he and the staff need to “do a better job coaching,” he can’t concern himself about his job status because he doesn’t “have any control” over that.

“All I can control is what I can control, and I’ve got to do a better job with the team,” O’Brien said Monday.

“That’s obvious. And we’re going to work hard to do that.”

There’s been quite a few mistakes by the Texans in four games, including being the only team in the National Football League not to force a turnover, and have a minus-five turnover differential.

“At the end of the day, it is what it is,” Texans star quarterback DeShaun Watson said.

“We’re 0-4. We’ve just got to keep fighting, keep pushing forward, and that’s it. But for me personally, I’m not going to let it take my joy. I’m going to continue to live life, continue to work my ass off, continue to come in here every day and play football. It is what it is.

“But at the end of the day my joy, my spirit, my smile, my energy, the love of the game is still going to continue to be there. That’s how I see it.”

Maybe this week will be the week that the Texans finally get a break. The club will be in action on Sunday, October 11th in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, who are 1-3.

“Where we are is not good, obviously, but I do think we have good leadership on this team and we have guys that work hard and they believe in each other,” O’Brien said.

“I think they feel like we’re close and we just need to get a win. But no, I’m not worried about the morale. I think we have good guys that understand what we have to do to try to dig ourselves out of it.”

Texans Nix Scheduled Workout with Safety Earl Thomas

The Texans have canceled a planned workout for veteran free agent safety Earl Thomas, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Thomas arrived Monday for a physical at a local hospital and to start COVID-19 testing.

The cancellation comes as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to team presidents and executives advising them on COVID-19 procedures in the wake of three

“In addition, clubs should revisit the steps they have taken to minimize the number of close contacts, particularly while traveling and within position groups, and should review their procedures for bringing in new players for tryouts and possible signing,” Goodell wrote in a memo obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

Could Free Agent WR Antonio Brown Be in the Texans Plans?

Wide receiver Antonio Brown remains a free agent. The Patriots released Brown during the 2019 season after he played just one game for the franchise.

In the months since his exit from the NFL, the star wide receiver hinted at retirement – several times. However, he made it clear he wants to make a return at some point this season.

On Friday morning’s episode of “Get Up” one NFL insider provided the latest on Brown. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggested the Houston Texans have shown the most interest in Brown so far, Andrew McCarty of The Spun reports.

While Fowler said the Texans have shown interest, he said there is “nothing imminent.”

Texans at Chiefs NFL Week One Final Injury Report

HOUSTON TEXANS
 
Status Report
  QUESTIONABLE WR Brandin Cooks (quadricep), RB Cullen Gillaspia (hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (ankle)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday WR Brandin Cooks (quadricep), DE J.J. Watt (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday WR Brandin Cooks (quadricep), CB Phillip Gaines (hamstring), RB Cullen Gillaspia (hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (ankle), CB Lonnie Johnson (hip)
  Tuesday RB Cullen Gillaspia (hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (ankle)
  Wednesday WR Brandin Cooks (quadricep), RB Cullen Gillaspia (hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday CB Phillip Gaines (hamstring), CB Lonnie Johnson (hip)
  Wednesday CB Phillip Gaines (hamstring), CB Lonnie Johnson (hip), DE J.J. Watt (not injury related)
 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
 
Status Report
(no players listed)
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday TE Travis Kelce (knee), DT Derrick Nnadi (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday DE Alex Okafor (calf), S Juan Thornhill (knee), RB Darrel Williams (hamstring), TE Deon Yelder (groin)
  Tuesday TE Travis Kelce (knee), DT Derrick Nnadi (ankle), DE Alex Okafor (calf), S Juan Thornhill (knee), RB Darrel Williams (hamstring), TE Deon Yelder (groin)
  Wednesday TE Travis Kelce (knee), DT Derrick Nnadi (ankle), DE Alex Okafor (calf), S Juan Thornhill (knee), RB Darrel Williams (hamstring), TE Deon Yelder (groin)

Video: The Houston Texans 2019 Highlight Film – Pursuit of Greatness

The Houston Texans 2019 Highlight Film is out – relive all the highlights of the last season for the Texans in this official NFL Films video.

Texans 2020 Schedule Released, To Open in K.C. Vs Chiefs

The Texans last season were blown out of the playoffs after building a huge lead against the Chiefs. They won’t need long to try and get revenge in 2020.

The Chiefs will host Houston in the Thursday night NFL opener on September 14th. The Texans home opener will be on the 20th when they host Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.

Here’s the complete Texans slate from Twitter:

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Texans Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Houston Texans schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Texans will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Texans will play:

Home: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Patriots
Away: Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Chiefs

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Texans in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One at Jacksonville
Monday 9/21 Week Two vs Minnesota (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 9/27 Week Three vs Indianapolis
Sunday 10/4 Week Four vs Green Bay
Sunday 10/11 Week Five at Cleveland (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 10/18 Week Six at Chicago
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven vs Baltimore
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight BYE WEEK
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine vs New England
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten vs Tennessee (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven at Pittsburgh
Sunday 11/29 Week Twelve at Indianapolis
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen vs Cincinnati
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen at Kansas City (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen at Detroit
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen vs Jacksonville
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen at Tennessee