Ryans returns ‘home’ looking to turn around the TexansFebruary 3, 2023 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — DeMeco Ryans was a highly sought-after candidate for head coaching jobs in this coaching cycle and had plenty of suitors other than the Houston Texans.
No team really had a chance to land him with the Texans as an option.
Texans hire DeMeco Ryans as head coachJanuary 31, 2023 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — DeMeco Ryans has been hired as coach of the Houston Texans, giving him his first head coaching job and bringing him back to the place where he started his playing career.
Ryans joins the Texans from the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent the past two seasons as their defensive coordinator.
Column: Six Degrees of Wilks connects dots of NFL racismJanuary 27, 2023 GMT
Let's play Six Degrees of Steve Wilks, a quick and easy way to connect the dots of racism in the NFL head coaching ranks.
— We'll start with Kliff Kingsbury, a white coach who was fired by Texas Tech in 2018 and somehow wound up as head man of the Arizona Cardinals the very next season.
Texans interview Lions offensive coordinator Ben JohnsonJanuary 13, 2023 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans interviewed Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson on Thursday, making him the first announced candidate for their head coaching vacancy.
Texans’ Caserio begins search for 3rd coach in three yearsJanuary 10, 2023 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — As Nick Caserio embarked Monday on his third coaching search in as many years, the Houston Texans' general manager was peppered with questions about the team’s failures and how he plans to turn things around.
Houston Texans fire coach Lovie Smith after just one seasonJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Lovie Smith fought until the bitter end to help the Houston Texans to a win in the finale of a dismal season, with his fate likely already sealed.
Colts’ Saturday awaits coaching decision; Texans fire SmithJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lovie Smith called his final game as the Houston Texans coach in Sunday's season finale.
Whether Indianapolis Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday also will be out remains to be seen.
Texans rally for 32-31 win at Indy but lose top draft pickJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Houston coach Lovie Smith kept insisting his team would play for the win Sunday.
When he got the chance in the final minute, Smith delivered on that promise.
After Davis Mills threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Akins with 50 seconds left, Smith dialed up the same combination on a 2-point conversion play to give Houston a rare and improbable 32-31 victory at Indianapolis, costing the Texans the No.
Bears get No. 1 pick after Texans rally for win at IndyJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — Thanks to an old friend, the Chicago Bears are on the clock for the NFL draft.
Chicago will pick No. 1 for the first time since 1947 after it lost 29-13 to the Minnesota Vikings in its season finale on Sunday.
Texans revert to terrible play in 31-3 rout by JaguarsJanuary 2, 2023 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans had one of their worst performances of the season a week after ending a nine-game skid.
The Texans (2-13-1) were routed 31-3 by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, leaving them without a home win for the first time in franchise history.
Hourlong delay to kickoff forced by cold no issue for TexansDecember 25, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Houston coach Lovie Smith took a nap, and the Texans simply pushed back their pregame schedule by an hour.
Texans improve, but come up short as skid reaches 9 gamesDecember 19, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans haven’t been embarrassing in their past two games as they were the previous two.
Still, the improvement hasn’t equaled a win as the Texans (1-12-1) are mired in a nine-game skid, their longest since dropping the final 14 games of the 2013 season.
Cowboys eye repeat of double-digit Ws against hapless TexansDecember 8, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (1-10-1) at DALLAS (9-3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, Fox
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NFL LINE: Cowboys by 16 1/2
Texans go back to Mills at QB after 2 bad games by AllenDecember 7, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans will return to Davis Mills at quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, two weeks after he was benched for Kyle Allen.
Coach Lovie Smith announced the move Wednesday, saying “we don't give out lifetime jobs.”
Allen’s terrible performance dooms Texans in loss to BrownsDecember 5, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — It’s unclear what would get Houston’s embarrassing passing game going.
What is clear is Kyle Allen is not the answer.
Allen followed up a terrible season debut last week with an even worse performance Sunday in a 27-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Texans brace for Deshaun Watson’s return with BrownsNovember 28, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was a star with the Houston Texans. Then he became disgruntled and later disgraced. After sitting out an entire season, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. There, he has missed most of another as punishment amid sexual misconduct allegations.
QB switch does nothing to help improve terrible TexansNovember 28, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans benched Davis Mills for Kyle Allen this week with coach Lovie Smith saying the switch gave them their best chance to win against the Miami Dolphins.
Instead, it led to yet another embarrassing loss in a season full of them to keep the Texans (1-9-1) stuck on just one win.
Texans sticking with Kyle Allen despite ugly loss to MiamiNovember 27, 2022 GMT
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Houston coach Lovie Smith dodged questions last week about who would be the Texans' starting quarterback moving forward.
Texans, Dolphins on diverging paths since 9-turnover fiascoNovember 25, 2022 GMT
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The last time the Dolphins and Texans met, Miami edged Houston in a turnover-riddled game indicative of the chaotic seasons both teams were having.
For months, Miami and Houston were linked because of the Dolphins' interest in replacing Tua Tagovailoa with controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Texans bench struggling QB Davis Mills for Kyle AllenNovember 25, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have benched Davis Mills and will start Kyle Allen at quarterback Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
At 1-8-1, Texans try to shake worst loss yet vs WashingtonNovember 21, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Davis Mills threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on Houston’s second offensive play, setting the tone for the terrible Texans’ worst game of the season in a loss to Washington.
Texans coach Smith doesn’t blame Mills for team’s latest dudNovember 20, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — A combative and irritated Lovie Smith spent most of his postgame news conference on Sunday deflecting questions about why quarterback Davis Mills hasn’t been benched after the Houston Texans were embarrassed at home in their worst performance of the season.
Cooks inactive against Eagles but expected to return FridayNovember 4, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Lovie Smith spent most of his postgame news conference after his team lost to the Philadelphia Eagles fielding questions about a player who wasn’t on the field.
Smith was peppered with questions about the status of veteran receiver Brandin Cooks after he was inactive two days he wasn’t traded following days of speculation that he would be dealt.
Hurts looks to improve Eagles to 8-0 against hometown TexansNovember 2, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Jalen Hurts was born in Houston and grew up about 25 miles from NRG Stadium.
As a child he dreamed of playing at the stadium the Houston Texans call home. On Thursday night he’ll finally get that chance when he leads the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles (7-0) against the lowly one-win Texans (1-5-1).
Texans run defense struggles in loss to Henry, TitansOctober 31, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — A week after vowing to improve their NFL-worst run defense, the Houston Texans had one of the worst performances against the run in franchise history in a loss to Tennessee.
The Texans (1-5-1) allowed a whopping 314 yards rushing behind a 219-yard performance by Derrick Henr y in the 17-10 loss.
Houston can’t contain run in lopsided loss to RaidersOctober 24, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans followed up their only win of the season with their most lopsided loss.
Houston beat Jacksonville to get out of the winless column in Week 5, but couldn’t build on that success after its week off, falling apart in the fourth quarter in a 38-20 loss to Las Vegas on Sunday.
Texans’ run defense struggles badly in loss to RaidersOctober 24, 2022 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Houston Texans led the Las Vegas Raiders by three points entering the fourth quarter on Sunday before one of their big weaknesses — run defense — cost them the game.
The Texans (1-4-1), who came in ranked 30th in the league in rushing yards allowed at 824 while yielding 5.1 yards per carry, were torched for 164 yards on the ground and 6 yards per carry in their 38-20 loss to the Raiders (2-4).
Rookies provide optimism amid another bad Texans seasonOctober 13, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — With just one win after five games, the Houston Texans appear destined for a third straight dismal season.
There is, however, some good news about this year’s team that should give fans hope.
Bielema boost: No. 24 Illini ahead of schedule in year twoOctober 13, 2022 GMT
Bret Bielema suddenly has No. 24 Illinois looking like a Big Ten West contender in his second year since replacing Lovie Smith as the Illini’s coach.
Plagued by poor finishes, Texans are NFL’s only winless teamOctober 4, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have had chances to win every game they've played, but they've yet to put together a complete performance.
It adds up to them being the NFL's only winless team.
Pierce’s performance bright spot in dismal Texans seasonOctober 2, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — High-energy and never without a smile, rookie Dameon Pierce is one of the few bright spots in what’s already become another dismal season for the winless Houston Texans.
Pierce, a fourth-round pick from Florida, had his best game so far in Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Texans’ fourth-quarter woes continue in loss to BearsSeptember 26, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans failed to score in the fourth quarter again Sunday against the Chicago Bears to remain winless through three weeks.
Houston has not scored a single point in the final quarter this season, leaving coach Lovie Smith searching for ways to get his team to close out a game.
Smith INT sets up game-ending FG as Bears beat Texans 23-20September 25, 2022 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — As soon as Roquan Smith saw the ball tipped at the line, he knew what he had to do.
The star linebacker raced in front of the intended target, and four plays later, the Chicago Bears celebrated one wild victory.
Bears’ Smith misses second straight practice with hip injurySeptember 22, 2022 GMT
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith missed his second consecutive practice Thursday because of a hip injury, leaving his status for this week's game in question.
The Bears are scheduled to host former coach Lovie Smith and the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Bears look to bounce back against Smith, winless TexansSeptember 22, 2022 GMT
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were riding high after a surprising victory over San Francisco in a rain-soaked season opener at Soldier Field, only to get taken down by Aaron Rodgers and the rival Green Bay Packers yet again.
Texans place C Britt on reserve/non-football illness listSeptember 20, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans placed center Justin Britt on the reserve/non-football illness list Tuesday.
Coach Lovie Smith said last Wednesday that Britt was out for personal reasons and he remained out all week.
Bears regroup after getting picked apart by Rodgers, PackersSeptember 19, 2022 GMT
The Chicago Bears were feeling good about themselves following a surprising, rain-soaked victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field to start coach Matt Eberflus' first season.
Leave it to Aaron Rodgers and the rival Green Bay Packers to bring them down a peg, this time 27-10 at Lambeau Field on Sunday night.
Ryan, Colts rally but stall in OT for 20-20 tie with TexansSeptember 11, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Coach Frank Reich wouldn't blame a missed field goal in overtime for the Indianapolis Colts' season-opening tie against the Houston Texans.
Texans to host Uvalde high school team at season openerSeptember 3, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans will host the Uvalde high school football team and wear “Uvalde Strong” decals on their helmets when they open the season Sept. 11 against Indianapolis.
A contingent from the team, including coach Lovie Smith and linebackers Christian Kirksey and Kamu Grugier-Hill, visited Uvalde on Thursday night and surprised the team with new uniforms provided by Nike during a team dinner.
Mills throws TD pass, Texas beat 49ers 17-0 to end preseasonAugust 26, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Lovie Smith wanted Davis Mills to come out of the halftime locker room and play one more series, with the hope that the second-year quarterback would have some success and end his preseason on a high note.
Hiring minority coaches in the NFL comes down to ownersAugust 23, 2022 GMT
No matter how much the NFL pushes teams to hire minority coaches, owners have the final say.
The league established the Rooney Rule in 2003 and has expanded it several times over the years to encourage teams to hire more minority coaches.
Texans look to Mills to improve team with Watson goneAugust 23, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — New Houston coach Lovie Smith wasn’t upset with Davis Mills when the second-year quarterback recently told a reporter that the Texans were going to “shock the world” this season.
Smith, a veteran of more than 20 NFL seasons, understood the point Mills was trying to make.
Texans look for Mills to take step forward with Watson goneAugust 23, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-13)
New faces: Coach Lovie Smith, DB Derek Stingley, Jr., OL Kenyon Green, DB Jalen Pitre, RB Dameon Pierce, RB Marlon Mack, QB Kyle Allen, LB Christian Harris, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, WR Chris Conley, DE Jerry Hughes, CB Steven Nelson, DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE Rasheem Green, RG A.J.
Metchie addresses Texans in wake of leukemia diagnosisJuly 29, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Before the Houston Texans started camp this week, they received a special message from a member of the team that couldn’t be there.
Rookie receiver John Metchie III, who announced earlier that he’d likely miss the season after being diagnosed with leukemia, addressed the Texans in a video before they started preparations for the season.
NFL Draft: Texans add safety Pitre, WR Metchie in 2nd roundApril 30, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans further bolstered a defense that was among the worst in the league last season on the second day of the NFL draft Friday night.
The Texans selected Baylor safety Jalen Pitre in the second round with the 37th pick a night after taking LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.
Texans take LSU CB Stingley at No. 3, A&M OL Green at No. 15April 29, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — New Texans coach Lovie Smith recently said the team's cornerback play last season simply wasn't good enough.
“That’s a position we’ll continue to look to improve," Smith said. “We can’t play the type of football that we want to play until we get better at the cornerback position, I will say that.”
Goodell, civil rights leaders discuss diversity in hiringFebruary 18, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a few team owners and executives met Thursday with civil rights leaders, who urged the league to make drastic changes to its hiring practices to improve diversity in leadership positions.
Smith becomes 1 of 5 minority head coaches with Texans hireFebruary 9, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Lovie Smith reflected on his past in the NFL on Tuesday as he was introduced as the new coach of the Houston Texans, a hire that made him one of five minority head coaches in the NFL.
Bielema makes Illini debut; Huskers’ Frost faces key seasonAugust 26, 2021 GMT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — For an opener matching teams that have mostly finished at or near the bottom of the Big Ten West in recent years, Saturday's game between Nebraska and Illinois has major implications for both programs.
Illinois hires Bielema as coach to lift struggling programDecember 19, 2020 GMT
Bret Bielema, who led Wisconsin to three Rose Bowls before a disappointing run at Arkansas, is returning to the Big Ten and his home state to coach Illinois...
Illinois fires coach Lovie Smith after 5 seasonsDecember 14, 2020 GMT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fired coach Lovie Smith on Sunday with a game left in its ninth consecutive losing season...
Illinois stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on last-second FGOctober 19, 2019 GMT
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back...
Buccaneers fire coach Dirk Koetter after 3 seasonsDecember 31, 2018 GMT
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dirk Koetter seemed resigned to his fate.
The coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was fired Sunday night a little more than three hours after the Bucs concluded a disappointing season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons...
Nebraska preparing for new Illini defense led by Lovie SmithNovember 10, 2018 GMT
LINCOLN — Film study looks a little different this week for Nebraska’s offensive coaches.
It always does when an opponent makes a coordinator change within the season. In this case, Illinois made a move last week when coach Lovie Smith assumed defensive play-calling duties after the resignation of coordinator Hardy Nickerson.
The Gophers or the Illini? Saturday’s game could come down to the intangiblesNovember 3, 2018 GMT
The Fighting Illini
The Lovie Smith experiment has yet to bear fruit for Illinois: 8-24 and 3-20 in the Big Ten in the former Chicago Bears coachs three years. The Illini are coming off a 63-33 loss at Maryland in which they gave up 712 yards, marking the fourth time theyve surrendered 500 or more yards.
Freshmen bumping some vets to backgroundOctober 10, 2017 GMT
CHAMPAIGN – Big things were expected from Kendrick Foster this season.
The senior running back from Peoria led the team in rushing last season and while piling up 720 yards and seven touchdowns, he pushed projected starter Ke’Shawn Vaughn to the bench.