Texans sign C Chris Myers to long-term contract


HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have re-signed Pro Bowl C to a long-term contract, it was announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Myers became the first offensive lineman in franchise history to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl following last season. The eighth-year veteran served as a captain and started all 18 regular season and postseason games for Houston’s second-ranked rushing offense, which posted 11 100-yard rushing performances and a franchise-record 2,448 yards rushing (153.0 per game) in the regular season.

Myers has started 64 consecutive regular season games and two playoff games at center for the Texans since being traded to the team from Denver in 2008. The Texans have had their four best offensive campaigns with Myers anchoring the line, ranking among the NFL’s top four in total offense from 2008-10 and third among all NFL offenses with 381.0 yards per game since 2008. Houston is one of three teams to eclipse 2,000 yards rushing in each of the last two seasons, settings franchise records with 2,042 yards rushing in 2010 and with last year’s performance.

Myers, Smith added to 2012 AFC Pro Bowl roster


Pair will make their Pro Bowl debuts alongside teammate

HOUSTON – Houston Texans C and DE were added to the 2012 AFC Pro Bowl roster today. It is the first Pro Bowl appearance for both Myers and Smith, who will join teammate CB Johnathan Joseph on the AFC roster for the NFL’s all-star event in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. CT. The AFC squad will be led by Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and his staff.

Myers (6-4, 289) is the first offensive lineman in franchise history to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. The seventh-year veteran started all 18 regular season and postseason games for Houston’s second-ranked rushing offense. Led by Myers, the offensive line paved the way for 11 100-yard rushing performances and a franchise-record 2,448 yards rushing (153.0 per game) in the regular season. Myers has started 64 consecutive regular season games at center for the Texans since being traded to the team from Denver in 2008. He is replacing Pittsburgh C Maurkice Pouncey, who is not playing due to injury.

Smith (6-4, 280) had the best season of his career for Houston’s second-ranked defense. He recorded sacks in each of the first five games of the season and finished with a career-high 6.5 sacks, ranking second on the team. His streak of five games with at least half a sack tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history. An eight-year veteran, Smith totaled 25 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 16 quarterback hits, three passes defensed and a forced fumble for a defense that allowed 285.7 yards per game and set a franchise record with 44 sacks. He is replacing New England DE Andre Carter, who is not playing due to injury.

Both Myers and Smith served as captains for the 2011 season. Texans RB , who was elected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl will not play in this year’s game due to injury.

Houston Texans in the Pro Bowl

Player, Position, Season (Career selection)
Arian Foster, RB, 2011 (Second)
Johnathan Joseph, CB, 2011 (First)
Chris Myers, C, 2011 (First)
Antonio Smith, DE, 2011 (First)
Arian Foster, RB, 2010 (First)
*, WR, 2010 (Fifth)
Vonta Leach*, FB, 2010 (First)
*#, QB, 2009 (First)

, LB, 2009 (First)
Andre Johnson*, WR, 2009 (Fourth
, LB, 2009 (Second), DE, 2009 (Second)
, TE, 2008 (First)
Andre Johnson*, WR, 2008 (Third)
Mario Williams*, DE, 2008 (First)
DeMeco Ryans*, LB, 2007 (First)
Andre Johnson*, WR, 2006 (Second)
Jerome Mathis, WR, 2005 (First)
Andre Johnson, WR, 2004 (First)
Aaron Glenn*, CB, 2002 (Third)
Gary Walker*, DE, 2002 (Second)
* denotes Pro Bowl starter
# denotes Pro Bowl MVP

Barwin named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

Houston Texans OLB was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month after leading the AFC in sacks and helping the Texans to a 3-0 record in November. Barwin is the second Texan to win player of the month honors this season, joining RB , who was the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in October.

Barwin led the AFC with 6.5 sacks and helped the Texans defense hold its opponents to a League-low 219.3 yards per game and 11.3 points per game, which was second in the League during the three-game span. Barwin accounted for nearly half of a Texans pass rush that registered 15 sacks, one off the League lead for the month.  He recorded at least one sack in each game in November.

In Week 9 vs. Cleveland, Barwin had a sack for 4 yards and followed that up with 1.5 sacks for 7.5 yards in Week 10 at Tampa Bay.  After the Texans’ bye week, Barwin set a franchise record with 4.0 sacks in Week 12 at Jacksonville.

Barwin leads the Texans’ top-ranked defense with 8.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hits in his first season playing linebacker. The 6-4, 264-pound third-year player played defensive end his first two seasons before making the switch to outside linebacker in the Texans’ 3-4 scheme.

Barwin is fifth player in franchise history to win a player of the month award and the second defensive player to win the award. Former Texans safety Marcus Coleman was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month in September of 2003.

List of Texans AFC Player of the Month Award Winners:

Connor Barwin (Defensive), November 2011
Arian Foster (Offensive), October 2011
Arian Foster (Offensive), September 2010
(Offensive), October 2008
Marcus Coleman (Defensive), September 2003
Chad Stanley (Special Teams), September 2002