On March 2, 2000, the team announced five choices, the Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions, Texans and Wildcatters. Six months later the team unveiled the name, colors, and logo at a downtown rally.
Bill O'Brien 2014-
Reliant Stadium 2002-
First Game Played: September 8, 2002
Two Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
Phone: (832) 667-2000
Dom Capers 2002-2005
Gary Kubiak 2006-2013
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Bill O'Brien 2014-Present
Reliant Stadium 2002-Present
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Division Champions: (2)
Playoff Appearences: (2)
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Pro Bowl MVP: (1)
2010 Matt Schaub QB
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Defensive Rookie of the Year: (2)
2006 DeMeco Ryans LB
2009 Brian Cushing LB
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Defensive Player of the Year: (1)
2012 J.J. Watt DE
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1997-2001: When the Houston Oilers departed for the Music City in 1997, most thought the NFL would never return. However, Bob McNair a wealthy oilman wanted to bring the NFL back to Houston, and when his efforts to bring the NHL to Houston failed in 1997, he stepped up his efforts for bringing back pro-football. McNair and his business partner Chuck Watson put together a plane with the officials from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R) say they will push for the building of a retractable roof stadium that the Rodeo will share with an NFL team, as opposed to renovating the Astrodome. However, despite the organized efforts the NFL wanted to expand to Los Angeles. However, the politicians in LA could not agree on what plan to go with, and the NFL who was so impressed with Houston's plan started to consider putting the 32nd team in Houston. In March of 1999 the NFL gave the city of LA a 6-month deadline to get their plans together. When the Los Angeles officials failed to get an organized plan together, the NFL decided to award Bob McNair and Houston the 32nd team that would begin play in 2002.
2002: The NFL returned to Houston as the expansion Texans faced the Dallas Cowboys in a Lone Star State showdown in Primetime on September 8th at Reliant Stadium the first stadium with a retractable roof in the NFL. It would be a magical night for the Texans and they became just the second expansion team since 1960 to win their very first game as the stunned the Cowboys 19-10 with Billy Miller scoring the first Touchdown in franchise history. After the jubilation of their first came the Texans came back to earth losing 5 straight before beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-19 on October 27th for their first ever road victory. After three straight losses the Texans would get their thirrd win by stunning the playoff bound New York Giants 16-14 at Reliant Stadium. After a 19-3 loss on the road to the Indianapolis Colts the Texans got their fourth and final win by stunning the NFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 24-6 as Aaron Glenn returned two interceptions for Touchdowns as the Texans won despite being held to 46 yards total offense. The Texans would go on to lose their final four games to finish with a 4-12 record. Setting the tone for the Texans resiliency and toughness was Quarterback David Carr who took every snap despite being sacked a NFL record 76 times.
2003: The Texans got their second season started in grand style as they stunned the Miami Dolphins in the first game of the season on the road 21-20, as they were listed as two Touchdown underdogs. After losing their next two games the Texans faced the prospect of a 1-3 start trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-17 in the final seconds at Reliant Stadium. After three failed attempts at the goaline, Coach Dom Capers decided to roll the dice going for the win instead of the game tying Field Goal. The gamble would pay off as Quarterback David Carr snuck the ball past the goaline on the games final play to give the Texans a dramatic 24-20 win. After losing their next three games the Texans played the roll of bad hosts for eventual NFC Champion beating the Carolina Panthers 14-10. After splitting the next two games the Texans gave the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots all they could handle as they led most of the way before the Patriots tied the game in the final minute. The Patriots would go on to win the game 23-20 in overtime, but they walked away knowing like the Panthers their Super Bowl Opponents at Reliant Field were no pushovers. A week later the Texans would with five game of the season over the Atlanta Falcons 17-13. However numerous injuries would take their toll as they would not win another game the rest of the way finishing with a 5-11 record.
2004: The Texans would get off to a slow start in their thirrd season, as they lost their first two games. Looking at 0-3 in the face the Texans rallied to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on the road 24-21 as Kris Benson nailed a 49-yard Field Goal with seven seconds remaining. After beating the Oakland Raiders the following week, the Texans rallied to score 21 points in the 4th Quarter to force overtime against the Minnesota Vikings. However, the Vikings would win in Overtime 34-28. The Texans would rebound off the overtime loss to win their next two games and peak over .500 at 4-3, but three straight losses would essentially end the Texans playoff hopes. The Texans would eventually fall to 5-8, before making run last run at respectability with two straight wins. However, with a shot at .500 the Texans lost their season finale to the struggling Cleveland Browns 22-14 as they settled for 7-9.
2005: When you are an expansion team you expect to take your lumps in the first few seasons, and by year four you hope to be ready to make a step forward. Unfortunately for the Texans year four would see the team take a major step backwards as they played worse then any of their first three seasons. The trouble started right from the beginning of the season as the Texans were hammered by the Buffalo Bills 22-7. A week later it was not ay better in the home opener as they were beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-7. In fact the Texans would start out losing each of their first six games, as David Carr resembled a punching bag as he was sacked a NFL high 68 times on his way to a disappointing 2,488-yard season with 14 Touchdown and 11 Interceptions. After earning their first win over the Cleveland Browns 19-16, the Texans struggles continued as they lost another six games in a row including a painful overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams, in which they blew a ten point lead in the final 30 seconds. The Texans would go on to finish the season with a dreadful 2-14 record, leading to the dismissal of Coach Dom Capers. After the horrendous season Texans fans became excited at the prospect of the draft some Texas fans wanted them to draft local hero Vince Young who had led the Longhorns to a dramatic Rose Bowl victory and a National Championship, while other more prudently thought they should go after Heisman Winner Reggie Bush, who was a Running Back with potential labeled unlimited. However, the Texans would stun and disappoint their fans again by selecting Defensive End Mario Williams of NC State.
2006: In year five the Texans were suddenly starting all over again with a new coach in Gary Kubiak, as they started the season with three straight losses, before holding on to a 17-15 win over the Miami Dolphins. After a humbling 34-6 loss on the road to the Dallas Cowboys, the Texans returned home and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, as they swept through the sunshine state beating the Jaguars twice and the Dolphins once. However, at 3-6 it did not do the Texans much good, as Reggie Bush was helping to revitalize the New Orleans Saints leading them to a NFC Championship Game, while Vince Young was on his way to winning a Offensive Rookie of the Year for the Tennessee Titans, when Young and the Titans came to Houston it was like throwing gasoline on the fans simmering frustration as he won the game 26-20 on a 39-yard touchdown run in overtime. As first round pick Mario Williams had a disappointing rookie season with 47 tackles. Not all rookies disappointed however, as second round pick DeMarco Ryans led the Texans with 156 tackles to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Texans would end the season with two straight wins including a dramatic 27-24 win over the eventual Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, but at 6-10 the Texans finished in last place again. Another disappointing player was Quarterback David Carr who once again had more interceptions that Touchdowns, and was released following the season as the Texans acquired Matt Schaub from the Atlanta Falcons.
2007: With new Quarterback Matt Schaub the Texans began the season in style with an impressive 20-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Having a strong game for the Texans was Mario Williams who returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown, as Schaub passed for 225 yards. A week later, Schaub was just as strong passing for 227 yards with two touchdown passes as the Texans stunned the Carolina Panthers on the road 34-21, for their first ever 2-0 start. However, it would not last as the Texans would lose their next two games, before facing the winless Miami Dolphins. In that game the Texans needed a late rally to win as they overcame a 16-7 deficit in the second quarter to beat the Dolphins 22-19 on a 57-yard field goal by Kris Brown as time expired. However, the Texans continued to struggle losing their next three games, with Matt Schaub missing time with hip and ankle injuries. After beating the Oakland Raiders with backup Sage Rosenfels, the Schaub returned to lead the Texans over the New Orleans Saints 23-10, as the Texans defense shutdown Reggie Bush. After losing their next two games the Texans were forced to start Sage Rosenfels the rest of the season as Matt Schaub suffered an inured shoulder in a loss to the Tennessee Titans. Rosenfels would not do badly as the Texans finished the season strong, winning three of their last four games to post an 8-8 record.
2008: As the season got underway the Texans were forced to scramble as Hurricane Ike was bearing down on Houston. Not surprisingly they would drop their season opener on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-17. The Texans would be forced to rearrange their schedule due to damage to the city of Houston and Reliant Stadium that would leave the roof open for the remainder of the season, taking a bye week in Week 2 as they moved their scheduled home opener against the Baltimore Ravens to later in the season. Playing their next two games on the road the Texans continued to struggle as they held a 0-3 record before finally coming home for a game against the Indianapolis Colts. Things looked good for the Texans as they held a 27-10 late in the 4th Quarter with backup Quarterback Sage Rosenfels starting for an injured Matt Schaub. However, in the last five minutes Rosenfels fumbled twice and threw a costly interception as the Colts scored 21 unanswered points for a 31-27 win that dropped the Texans to 0-4. Schaub would return a week later, and would score the game winning Touchdown on a three yard Quarterback sneak to beat the Miami Dolphins 29-28. The Texans would win their next two games against two of the worst teams in the NFL to get within one game of the .500 mark. However, with Schaub back on the shelf the Texans would lose three straight against playoff teams to fall to 3-7. While the playoffs were out of reach the Texans would get healthy as Matt Schaub returned, winning five of their final six games as they posted an 8-8 record for the second straight season.
2009: Coming off a second straight 8-8 season the Texans hoped they could finally get over the hump and make the playoffs as they began the season against the New York Jets. However, the Texans played a sluggish game and were beaten by a rookie coach and a rookie quarterback in their first game, losing at home 24-7. The Texans would recover nicely a week later, beating the Tennessee Titans on the road 34-31 in a back and forth nail biter, that was won by Kris Brown's 23 yard field goal. However, a week later they took another step backward as they were beaten at home by the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-24. The Texans would alternate wins and losses for the first six games, before holding off a late rally from the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7 to climb above .500 with a 24-21 win at Reliant Stadium. A week later with 22 unanswered points in the 4th Quarter the Texans beat the Buffalo Bills 31-10 to improve to 5-3 their best record ever through eight games. A week later in a showdown with the unbeaten Indianapolis Colts, the Texans played a real strong game, and had a chance to force overtime trailing 20-17. However, a 42 yard field goal attempt by Kris Brown sailed wide left. Following a bye week the Texans experienced more frustration as they were beaten at home, 20-17 by the Tennessee Titans on a 53 yard field goal by Rob Bironas. A week later in a rematch with the Colts at Reliant Stadium the Texans saw a 20-7 halftime lead vanish as the Colts scored 21 points in the 4th Quarter to remain perfect with a 35-27 win, as the Texans slipped back below .500. The Texans struggles would continue as they lost a fourth straight divisional game to the Jaguars 23-18. The loss dropped the Texans to 5-7 and all but erased their playoff hopes. The Texans would finish the season strong, beating the lowly Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams in their next two games to get back to .500. They would follow that up with a road win over the Miami Dolphins to enter the last game of the season at 8-7 with a chance to finish over .500 for the first time in franchise history. In the final game of the season the Texans hosted the New England Patriots who were locked into a playoff spot as AFC East Champs. With 21 points in the final quarter the Texans were able to beat the Patriots, dealing a season ending injury to WR Wes Welker and broken ribs to QB Tom Brady, the Texans were able to win 34-27 to finish the season at 9-7. However, once again the playoffs were out of reach, though the Texans would have some individual success as Brian Cushing was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. While Quarterback Matt Schaub won Pro Bowl MVP honors.
2010: Coming off their first ever winning season, the Texans had hopes of being able to challenge the for the division title. These hopes led into the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans would win the game 34-24, as RB Arian Foster has a breakout performance, rushing for a franchise record 231 yards, with three touchdowns. The 231 yards rushing was the second best performance ever in the season's opening week. The Texans would follow it up with a comeback overtime win against the Washington Redskins, in which Matt Schaub passed for 497 yards, with three touchdowns, as the Texans overcame a 27-10 deficit in the 3rd Quarter to win 30-27 on a 35 yard field goal by Neil Rackers in overtime. Coming home the Texans faced the Dallas Cowboys in a battle for Lonestar bragging rights. However, the passing of Tony Romo was too much for the Texans to overcome, as the Cowboys won 27-13. The Texans would recover to win two of their next three games, as they went into the bye week with a solid 4-2 record. Coming out of the bye, the Texans travelled to Indianapolis for a rematch with the Colts with the AFC South lead on the line. This time the Texans were unable to contain Peyton Manning who led the way in a 30-17 victory that put the Colts back into first place. The loss would be the start of a season crushing four game losing streak for the Texans as their secondary was picked apart on a regular basis. The losses featured back to back heartbreaking road losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. The Jaguars would win their game 31-24 on a Hail Mary pass that Texans CB Glover Quin tipped right into the hands of Mike Thomas. A week later the Texans rallied from 16 points down to take a 27-23 lead in the final minute of the 4th Quarter. However, the Jets quickly moved down the field to win the game 30-27 as the Texans secondary was exposed again. The Texans would rebound to beat the Tennessee Titans 20-0 at home, as Arian Foster continued his strong season with 143 yards rushing. However, the Texans would again endure a four game losing streak, allowing 31 or more points in three straight games, followed by a frustrating 24-23 loss on the road to the Denver Broncos in which the Texans allowed 14 unanswered points in the 4th Quarter. The Texans would end the season with a 34-17 win over the Jaguars, but at 6-10 their season was a major disappointment. One bright spot was Arian Foster who led the league in rushing with 1, 616 yards, finishing the season with 180 yards.
2011: As the Texans began play in their tenth season, patience was wearing thin as fans awaited the franchise's first playoff. After their secondary was seen as a soft spot on the roster, the Texans made several upgrades adding Free Agents Jonathan Joseph and Danieal Manning, as they focused on defense in the draft with the selection of J.J. Watt in the first round and Brooks Reed in the season round. Meanwhile, Wade Phillips the son of former Houston Oilers Coach Bum Philips was named the team's Defensive Coordinator. As the season began the Texans had some injury concerns as RB Arian Foster was playing with a tender hamstring. Despite Foster's injury the Texans got off to a strong start trampling the Indianapolis Colts, who were without four time MVP Peyton Manning 34-7. A week later, with Ben Tate rushing for over 100 yards the Texans improved to 2-0 as they beat the Miami Dolphins on the road 23-13. The following week the Texans defense was tested for the first time as they faced the New Orleans Saints. The game would be a shootout as, Quarterback Matt Schaub had a strong game, passing for 373 yards with three touchdowns, but it would not be enough as the Saints held on to win the game 40-33. A week later, Arian Foster would return and rush for 155 yards with a touchdown as the Texans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-10, but just as Foster came back the Texans lost their top Wide Receiver Andre Johnson to a similar hamstring injury. For the remainder of the season, Johnson would be in and out of the lineup. In their first game without Andre Johnson, the Texans suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Oakland Raiders who overcame a double digit deficit to stun the Texans 25-20 just one day after longtime Owner Al Davis had died. In the game the injury bug would strike again as Defensive End Mario Williams, tore a pectoral mussel and was lost for rest of the season. After a 29-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens dropped them to 3-3, the Texans found themselves in a key match up with the Tennessee Titans, with the top spot in the AFC South on the line. With Matt Schaub passing for 297 yards, the Texans got a big game from Arian Foster, who rushed for 115 yards and had 119 receiving yards the Texans dominated the game from start to finish, winning 41-7. Aria Foster would also top 100 rushing yards in the next two games, as the Texans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns to sit atop the South at 6-3. Foster and Schaub would continue to lead the way, as the Texans started the game with Matt Schaub and Jacoby Jones hooking up on an 80 yard pass just 12 seconds into the game as the Texans sank the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-9. At 7-3 the Texans had the best record in the AFC, but once again were hit by injury as QB Matt Schaub suffered a season ending foot injury. After the bye week the Texans turned to back up Matt Leinart, but against the Jacksonville Jaguars in his first start, Leinart suffered a broken collarbone and was also lost for the season. The Texans would than turn to third string Quarterback T.J. Yates, a rookie taken in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Yates played just well enough as the Texans beat the Jaguars 20-13. Yates would get some help the following week as Andre Johnson returned and collected 97 receiving yards as the Texans defense played strong in a 17-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Trailing the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 on their own two yard line, with 2:35 left an no time outs, T.J. Yates showed the poise of a veteran leading the Texans to a 98 yard touchdown drive that was capped with a six yard TD pass to Kevin Walter with three seconds left in the game as Cincinnati. The 20-19 win, was the seventh straight win for the Texans and assured them of their first playoff berth and division championship. After clinching the AFC South, the Texans came out flat in their next game which they lost to the Carolina Panthers 28-13. The Texans continued to scuffle in their following game, despite 158 yards rushing from Arian Foster, as Dan Orlovsky did his best Peyton Manning impersonation leading the Colts to a dramatic 19-16 win, with a 78 yard Touchdown drive in the final two minutes. The Texans would also finish the season with a loss, dropping to 10-6 as they lost a chance for a first round bye, losing to the Tennessee Titans 23-22. In the finale, Jacke Delhomme who was playing at Quarterback for the Texans who were afraid of any more injuries had driven the team down for a potential game tying Touchdown. Instead the Texans tried to win the game, and lost when the snap on the two point try was mishandled.
2011 Playoffs: Facing the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round, at Reliant Stadium the Texans took the lead for the first time 17-10 on a 29 yard interception return by J.J. Watt with one minute left before halftime. Watt had jumped in the air and went down the field untouched for the touchdown. It seemed as if the crowd did not stop cheering at any moment during halftime, as the Texans dominated the second half on the way to a 31-10 win. Highlighting the second half was a 40 yard Touchdown pass from T.J. Yates to Andre Johnson in the third quarter, while Arian Foster's 44 yard TD run in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Texans. A week later, nerves seemed to finally get to T.J. Yates who had three interceptions, as the Ravens jumped out to an early 17-3 lead. The Texans would make it close before the half, with Arian Foster rushing for 127 yards as the Texans scored ten unanswered points. However, it is as close as the Texans would get as the Ravens went on to win the game 20-13 and reach the AFC Championship Game.
2012: After getting their first postseason win, the Texans looked to take another step forward as they started the season at home against the Miami Dolphins. After a shaky 1st Quarter, the Texans erupted for 24 unanswered points in the 2nd Quarter, with Andre Johnson receiving two 14 yard TD passes from Matt Schaub. The Texans would start the season with a 30-10 win. Behind the running of Arian Foster and Ben Tate, the Texans would trample the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-7 on the way to a 2-0 start. In Week 3, the Texans faced an old nemesis in Peyton Manning now playing with the Denver Broncos. While with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning was a perfect 9-0 in home games against the Texans. Early on it was the Matt Schaub show, as he had four Touchdown passes to help the Texans build a 31-11 lead. Manning would come on in the 4th Quarter with two touchdowns, but the Texans held on to win 31-25 to improve to 3-0. The Texans continued to roll in Week 4, beating the Tennessee Titans 38-14, as Matt Schaub had another strong game, while Danieal Manning and Kareem Jackson each returned interceptions for long touchdowns. On Monday Night Football, the Texans survived a scare on the road against the New York Jets, winning 23-17 in the Meadowlands to improve to 5-0. The win came with a price as Linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a season ending knee injury. Without Cushing the Texans defense looked vulnerable as they suffered a humiliating 42-14 home loss on Sunday Night Football. The Texans would quickly rebound a week later as they avenged their playoff loss in the divisional round by slamming the Baltimore Ravens 43-13 as J.J. Watt continued to dominate on the defensive line. Following the bye week, the Texans held off the battling freezing rain and snow in a dominant 13-6 defensive win over the Chicago Bears. Facing the Jaguars at home, the Texans were caught by surprise as they found themselves in a shocking shootout against the worst team in the league. Trailing by two touchdowns late, the Texans rallied to force overtime as Matt Schaub passed for 527 yards. In overtime the Texans scored a field goal on their first possession. However, a new rule gave the Jaguars a chance to answer back which they did. However, Schaub with his fifth TD of the game connected with Andre Johnson who topped 273 receiving yards to win the game 43-37. Just four days later, the Texans would find themselves in another grueling battle as they faced the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The game would turn in the 3rd Quarter when Justin Forsett had an 81 yard Touchdown run. Replay clearly showed Fosett was down early on the run, but Lions Coach Jim Schwartz threw an illegal challenge flag and wiped out any review. The Texans would go on to win the game in overtime 34-31. After two straight overtime marathons the Texans were glad to have a few extra days off and looked rejuvenated as they forced six turnovers, while completing a season sweep over the Titans with a 24-10 win. Back on Monday Night Football the Texans failed a national test as there defense looked out of sync, while suffering 42-14 loss to the New England Patriots. The Texans would rebound to clinch the AFC South with a 29-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Needing just one more win to get home field in the playoffs the Texans would stumble their way to the finish line, losing to the Minnesota Vikings and Colts. The second loss would also cost them a first round bye as they finished the season with a record of 12-4. Earning individual honors was J.J. Watt who was named Defensive Player of the Year with one of the most dominating season for a lineman in NFL history. Watt had 81 tackles (69 solo), 20.5 sacks, 39 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and an astonishing 16 passes defended a stat reserved for defensive backs, as Watt's big paw swatted away pass after pass.
2012 Playoffs: The Texans continued to their lackluster play in the playoffs as they hosted the Cincinnati Bengals for the second straight season during the Wild Card round. Earl on the Texans trailed 7-6, as Matt Schaub had an interception returned for a Touchdown. However, with J.J. Watt and the Texans defense holding the Bengals offense to two field goals, the Texans would survive the game with a 19-13 win. The win would bring the Texans back to Foxboro for a rematch with the New England Patriots. The game would be a near mirror image of their first meeting in December, as the Patriots led by Tom Brady frustrated the Texans aggressive defense all day and won going away 41-28.
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