Powe and Lewis making an impact on the field early

It is usually not the norm when  a free agent comes in  and takes command of a defense.  Not normally, but when you’ve already sweat hundreds of hours under the sun for new Defensive Coordinator Romero Crennel, the transition to a new team can have less disruptive impact.

Enter free agents nose tackle Jerrell  Powe and free safety Kendrick Lewis, both coming over from the Kansas City Chiefs. Crennel was the defensive coordinator between 2005 – 2010 and the Head Coach from 2010 until the end of last season.

“I kind of help the guys on small details on what Romeo expects and how to play the defense,” Powe said in an interview on Texans Radio. “A couple of guys asked me about certain techniques and I help them out, let them know what Romeo expects, how he likes things done and the do’s and the don’ts just to keep him happy. When he walks into the meeting and he’s happy with us, he’s pretty pleased with practice.”

Be sure to get your tickets early for the upcoming season.  Great seats and cheap tickets still remain!

Texans take out Dolphins

The Houston Texans have come out this preseason and shown that they are already in regular season form.  Having an especially good day were the teams quarterbacks..all of them.  The combined efforts of Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates and Case Keenem produced a 26-38 for 326 yards effort.  Their combined QB rating was 110.2.  That’s impressive.

While Schaub has locked up the starting job, the backup position is still up in the air.

“TJ’s solid again, Case makes some really nice throws in there,”  Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. “The easy way for me to answer that is to say they’re both doing their jobs. They’re making it really hard on me, and that’s a good thing for our team.”

Star Linebacker Brian Cushing returned to the field for the first time since Game 5 last season. He played 10 snaps and picked up a tackle.

“I’m proud of him,” Kubiak said. “For him to go out there and get hit on and stuff like that was a big step.”

The Texans next face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday August 25th. Tickets are still available.

 

 

Notes: Brisiel’s recovery, Tate’s big season

Notes from the Texans’ practice and locker room on Thursday at Reliant Stadium:

No change in backups
T.J. Yates has started the previous four games at quarterback, and is now backed up by and . He’ll start again Sunday against the Titans, and according to head coach Gary Kubiak, Delhomme is still second on the depth chart.

“I think Jake’s a little bit ahead just because he had about a week head start, so one’s four weeks, one’s three weeks with us,” Kubiak said of the difference between the two behind Yates. “That’s not a lot of time, but they’re both working very hard at it and if something happened to T.J., they could go in and operate. Obviously we couldn’t operate at full throttle with what we do offensively, but they’ve made a lot of progress.”

Brisiel getting well
Right guard continues his rehab of an ankle/lower leg injury he suffered against the Bengals. It’s an injury that’s been described as very similar to safety ’s and according to Kubiak, Brisiel is doing “exceptional” in his recuperation.

“He’s a little over two weeks out of the surgery,” Kubiak said. “He is doing field work, so everything is geared up towards him possibly playing next week. I would be wrong to make a statement on that right now, but he is making progress.”

Manning left the Titans’ game in Week 7, and returned to start against Jacksonville in Week 12.

Tate’s big season
With more than 800 yards rushing as a backup, running back ’s enjoyed a fine 2011. His rookie year was lost due to a leg injury he suffered in the 2010 preseason opener at Arizona, but since Week 1, Tate has contributed this season.

“I thank God,” Tate said. “It’s a blessing and I thank him every day for it. I come back, had I think a pretty good year. So, if I get a thousand yards or not, to me, I think it’ll be a very, very successful year for me.”

Tate was asked about cracking the 1,000 yard mark, and he said it would be tough to pick up the 155 yards he needs, with in front of him.

Quotable
“Division matchups are always finicky.”—Right tackle on playing the Titans for the second time this season.

“We emphasize it every week and the amazing thing about it, as bad as it was, we still had our chance, in my opinion, to win the last two games. So, we got to stay positive here.”—Head coach Gary Kubiak on if he’s re-emphasized the importance of converting on third down.