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4th AFC South (1-3-0)

Founded: 2002

Stadium: NRG Stadium

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  • Colts' Luck, Hasselbeck questionable vs. Texans

    Andrew Luck is no lock to play on Thursday night. The Colts listed their starting quarterback -- along with backup Matt Hasselbeck -- as questionable for Indy's Week 5 tilt with the Texans.
  • The hardest knocks: Can Houston turn it around?

    Bill O'Brien inspired hope in Houston with a winning debut season, but Year 2 is off to a rough start. Can the 1-3 Texans get right? Steve Wyche says this team still has a few things playing in its favor.
  • Injuries: Lions' Tyrunn Walker to have surgery on broken fibula

    Detroit's starting defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker is having surgery for a broken fibula and dislocated ankle, Lions head coach Jim Caldwell announced on Tuesday. Plus, other injuries we're tracking around the league.
  • Mallett to remain Texans' starting QB

    Texans coach Bill O'Brien announced Monday that Ryan Mallett will remain the starting quarterback for Thursday's home game against the Colts. Mallett was benched in Sunday's blowout loss to the Falcons.
  • Mallett benched in loss

    The Houston Texans yanked quarterback Ryan Mallett and turned back to Brian Hoyer during the third quarter of Sunday's 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Foster: 'I've got a chance' to play Sunday

    Arian Foster could play his first game on Sunday when the Houston Texans take on the Atlanta Falcons. Coach Bill O'Brien said the running back would be a game-time decision.
  • Texans release kicker Bullock; add Novak

    The Houston Texans released kicker Randy Bullock on Tuesday. The team signed former Chargers kicker Nick Novak to replace Bullock.
  • O'Brien: Mallett had better mechanics vs. Bucs

    Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett said he feels more confident after Sunday's victory over Tampa Bay. Sunday marked the quarterback's fourth career start in the NFL.
  • Defense key in Texans' home victory over Buccaneers at home

    Quarterback Ryan Mallett didn't play great. But the Houston Texans won 19-9 at home over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will Mallett remain the starter?
  • Cam carries Panthers to ugly win over Texans

    The Texans attempted to jumpstart their lineup with a switch at quarterback, but the result was less than ideal. Cam Newton led the Panthers to a 24-17 victory.
  • Why did Texans turn to Ryan Mallett?

    The Houston Texans turned to Ryan Mallett at quarterback after just one game. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport explains why the coaching staff believes in the strong-armed signal-caller.
Draft 2015 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 16 (16) Johnson, Kevin CB 
Rd 2, Pick 11 (43) McKinney, Benardrick ILB 
Rd 3, Pick 6 (70) Strong, Jaelen WR 
Rd 5, Pick 39 (175) Mumphery, Keith WR 
Rd 6, Pick 35 (211) Cliett, Reshard OLB 
Rd 6, Pick 40 (216) Covington, Christian DT 
Rd 7, Pick 18 (235) Hilliard, Kenny RB 
Scoreboard more
Georgia Dome - Wk 4 1 2 3 4 T
Houston Texans 0 0 0 21 21
Atlanta Falcons 7 21 14 6 48
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
3 Sun, Sep 27 Tampa Bay 19-9   W
4 Sun, Oct 04 @ Atlanta 21-48   L
5 Thu, Oct 08 Indianapolis 8:25 PM ET
6 Sun, Oct 18 @ Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
7 Sun, Oct 25 @ Miami 1:00 PM ET
8 Sun, Nov 01 Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
Jonathan Grimes (RB) O - Hamstring
Xavier Su'a-Filo (G) P - Calf
Akeem Dent (LB) O - Hamstring
Derek Newton (T) P - Ankle
Regular Season Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Ryan Mallett 137 71 720 3
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Alfred Blue 51 204 4 1
Chris Polk 27 92 3.4 1
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
DeAndre Hopkins 31 409 13.2 3
Cecil Shorts 22 236 10.7 1
Nate Washington 13 210 16.2 0
Keith Mumphery 6 79 13.2 0
Transactions more
Date Transaction
10/6 Mike Mohamed (OLB) Terminated, Vested Veteran, Injury Settlement (terminated, vested veteran, injury settlement).
9/30 Max Bullough (ILB) Terminated (by Player) from Practice Squad (terminated (by player) from practice squad).
9/30 Mike Mohamed (OLB) Reserve/Injured (reserve/injured).
9/30 Max Bullough (ILB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
AFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Indianapolis 2 2 0 .500
Tennessee 1 2 0 .333
Jacksonville 1 3 0 .250
Houston 1 3 0 .250

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Bill O'Brien

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Bill O'Brien was named the third head coach in Houston Texans franchise history on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. The 44-year old brings 21 years of collegiate and NFL coaching experience to the Bayou City.

The former Penn State head coach and New England Patriots offensive coordinator has ascended steadily throughout his coaching career. O'Brien spent the last two years leading Penn State through one of the greatest periods of strife any major college program has endured, garnering national and conference coach-of-the-year awards in the process. In the five years prior to his tenure at Penn State, O'Brien helped lead the New England Patriots to a pair of Super Bowl berths, first as an offensive assistant in 2007 and then again in 2011 as offensive coordinator.

O’Brien's first stop as a head coach proved he has the mettle to handle the toughest of situations as well as the talent and leadership ability to succeed in them. The Brown University alum took on one of the tallest tasks in college football history when he was named head coach at Penn State on Jan. 6, 2012. In addition to replacing Joe Paterno, the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA Football Bowl Division history, O'Brien was saddled with guiding PSU through heavy scholarship reductions, a four-year postseason ban, open transfer policy for players on the roster he inherited and the public aftermath of a devastating scandal that threatened the football program's storied existence.

Penn State won eight of its final 10 games to finish the 2012 season 8-4. O'Brien, who also served as offensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, was named the Bear Bryant, Maxwell Football Club and ESPN National Coach of the Year after winning more games than any other first-year head coach in the program’s previous 125 seasons. He also was named the Big Ten Conference’s Dave McClain Coach of the Year by media and the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by coaches.

A member of the Patriots' coaching staff from 2007 until coming to Penn State, O'Brien rose from offensive assistant his first season to wide receivers coach in 2008 and then quarterbacks coach from 2009-10 prior to his promotion to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach in 2011.

O'Brien began his coaching career at Brown in 1993 as a tight ends coach before serving as inside linebackers coach in 1994. He joined George O'Leary's Georgia Tech staff in 1995 as a graduate assistant, helping the Yellow Jackets to bowl appearances in each of his last six seasons. O'Brien was promoted to Georgia Tech's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001 and assistant head coach in 2002.

O'Brien joined Friedgen's staff at Maryland in 2003 as running backs coach. The Terrapins finished second in the ACC in rushing in his first season and defeated West Virginia, 41-7, in the Gator Bowl. Following two years in College Park, O'Brien served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Duke from 2005-06 before joining the Patriots' coaching staff.

Born in Dorchester, Mass., O'Brien grew up in the Boston suburb of Andover and graduated from St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. O'Brien went on to play linebacker and defensive end at Brown from 1990-92.

O'Brien and his wife, Colleen, have two sons: Jack, 11, and Michael, 8.

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