The Houston Texans are a professional football team in the National Football League (the NFL). The Houston Texans play in the American Football Conference (AFC) South Division with three other teams: the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans. The Houston Texans have not won any Super Bowl Championships. Reliant Stadium, located in Houston, Texas hosts all Houston Texans home games.
In 2002, the NFL granted an NFL expansion franchise to the City of Houston. In the years leading up to the franchise grant, the NFL desired to add another expansion team to increase the size of the league to an even 32 teams. Initially, the NFL conducted exclusive negotiations with the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles had lost 2 previous teams to re-location moves (the Rams to St. Louis and the Raiders back to Oakland) and Los Angeles boasted the 2nd largest media market. However, two things worked against the City of Los Angeles – a suitable stadium since the Rose Bowl and the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium were both old stadiums without the modern-day amenities of luxury suites and club seating and an excited fan base that would grow and support the expansion franchise. Because of this indifference, the NFL stopped negotiating with Los Angeles and turned its sights elsewhere. Houston aggressively pursued the franchise grant and requested discussions with the NFL powers that be. The City of Houston formulated a great marketing plan and emphasized the fact that it was the 4th largest city in the United States, it maintained the 10th largest media market in the nation, it too had lost a team to relocation (when the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997) and most importantly, it had a large excited fan base who would support the team in grand fashion. The Houston marketing plan worked, and the NFL awarded the expansion franchise to the city of Houston. The city of Houston picked the name “Texans” to pay homage to the state where everything is “bigger” and “better” and designed a team color scheme to take into account the colors of the flags for which the residents of Texas cherished and honored – the American Flag and the Texas State Flag. Accordingly, the color scheme consisted of Deep Steel Blue, Battle Red and Liberty White.
The Houston Texans have not much success on the field during its short existence. Although, the Houston Texans defeated its in-state rival Dallas Cowboys 19-10 in its first ever NFL contest, the Houston Texans went on to finish the season with a poor 4-12 record. When the Houston Texans won 5 games in 2003 and 7 games in 2004, the Houston fan base eagerly anticipated the 2005 season. Calls for the franchise’s first winning record and a potential playoff berth were echoed all throughout the city. Unfortunately, the Houston Texans struggled mightily early in the season and actually regressed by winning only 2 games all season long – by far its worst record since its inception. By finishing with the worst record in the NFL, the Houston Texans were awarded the first draft pick in the 2006 NFL draft. Controversy surrounded that pick when the team announced it did not plan on signing Reggie Bush, the Heisman Trophy winning Running Back from the USC Trojans. Many critics thought Reggie Bush was the most athletic player to come out of the 2006 NFL draft, but the Houston Texans had concerns that they would not be able to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the highly touted Reggie Bush. Instead, the Houston Texans picked Defensive End Mario Williams from the North Carolina State Wolfpack in an effort to bolster its struggling defensive line. Only time will tell whether or not the 2006 first pick gamble was a successful one.
The Houston Texans endured another losing season in 2006 winning 6 games which was a 4-game improvement from the previous year. The Houston Texans turned it around even further during the 2007-8 NFL season when the team won 8 games - the most victories in franchise history and the team's first ever non-losing season. While the Houston Texans made huge strides on both sides of the ball, they suffered from the fact that they play in arguably the toughest division in the NFL. The AFC South sent 3 teams to the 2007-8 playoffs - the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. And while the Houston Texans expect to continue to develop and mature with their young players, the Houston Texans will truly need to step up to the plate when competing in the 6 games against its division rivals during the long season. While a playoff appearance would be a surprise, if things bounce the right way for the Houston Texans during the season, the team could sneak into the post-season for the first time in franchise history.
Hall of Famers
Although the Houston Texans have not had any former players or coaches inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, several notable players and coaches are associated with the Houston Texans. Dom Capers was the first head coach of the Houston Texans. Capers coached the team during their first 4 seasons in the NFL, but was fired in January 2006. Capers currently serves as the Defensive Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. The Houston Texans picked cornerback Aaron Glenn in the 2002 NFL expansion draft and he played with the team for 3 seasons. Prior to that, Aaron Glenn played 8 seasons for the New York Jets and is currently a defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys. The Houston Texans also picked Offensive Tackle Tony Boselli in the 2002 NFL expansion draft. Boselli was known for his dominating offensive line presence during 7 years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, another NFL expansion team, but because of an injury, Boselli never played one down for the Houston Texans. He retired from the NFL in 2002. The Houston Texans also picked linebacker Jamie Sharper in the 2002 NFL expansion draft and he played with the team for 3 seasons. Prior to that, Jamie Sharper played 5 seasons for the Baltimore Ravens and is currently a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks.