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Houston Texans: Part 2: A talk with team voice Marc Vandermeer

Brian K. Patterson

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It’s the 2nd of Robert’s two-part conversation with the original and only voice of the Houston Texans, Marc Vandermeer.  He tells us about his memories from the day he got the Texans job, his favorite moments over the years with the Texans & how his signature catchphrase came about.

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ALSO LISTEN TO:  Part 1: A conversation with Texans voice Marc Vandermeer

I'm Brian K. Patterson, Editor for LockedOnTexans.com as well as the Co-Host for the Locked On Texans podcast/ I'm also a proud graduate of the University of Houston -- Clear Lake with a B.A. in Communication. Go Hawks! I give honest, true-to-the-heart dish about my team with heavy doses of analytical viewpoints. I've been a die-hard fan of my beloved Houston Texans since Day 1. Each era has been unique -- from the humble beginnings of a simple scrimmage against Dallas Cowboys at the Rob to the era of finally having a talented quarterback under center, it has been a heck of a ride to say the least with everything in-between. When I'm not working hard on giving you the coverage you deserve, I love to travel, to run (I'm an avid long-distance runner) as well as engage with like-minded individuals about the greatness of Houston sports as of late. Follow me on Twitter @brkp1999

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Houston Texans: One important secret to Deshaun Watson’s success

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Oct 29, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) signals a first down against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

What strength about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson’s effectiveness has been relatively unknown up until recently?  Rob and Brian talk about that plus discuss Lamar Miller’s value to the Houston Texans despite having a down year of production.

So just how great DeAndre Hopkins was last season?  The duo also chats about the ESPYs and you don’t want to miss what a certain Hall of Famer had to say about his life accomplishments as well as a incredible battle with his life.  Houston Texans fans — take a listen to that and more!

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Houston Texans: Four notable games to watch in the 2018 season

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Texans ultimate fan Steve Beckholt poses for a photo prior to the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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What are the most important match ups for the Houston Texans in 2018?  Let’s take a look at four games that you must keep your eyes peeled on.

As the 2018 season slowly but surely approaches, it’s about that time to mark the calendar for the games that are vital to the Houston Texans’ success this season.

It is no secret that the AFC South will be a battle between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags made it all the way to the AFC Championship last season and were a few plays away from defeating the defending champion New England Patriots.

Speaking of the Patriots, Week 1 is a huge for the Texans and will be a true gauge as to how good they can really be this upcoming season.

In recent years, New England has struggled in early games of the season and it really takes them about a month to reach full stride which gives teams like Houston a great opportunity to steal a game against an AFC contender like New England early on.

It is also going to be very important for Houston to play well in their divisional games against the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts. It is a very realistic scenario for the Houston Texans to go 4-0 in those games, especially if the team can stay healthy.

If the Texans can go 4-0 in those games — including against Indianapolis and Tennessee — it will be huge for them in terms of securing a spot in the playoffs and also will be a mega-confidence booster for the team.

Moving on, Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills and Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins are also notable games for the Texans. Both of these match ups will be played in Houston and both opponents are in the AFC East.

The Bills were a playoff team last year but outside of New England, that division is a year-to-year toss up and both of those teams have a real chance to sneak their way into the playoffs.

These games are important because winning both of them will improve the Texans’ home game record and could also be used as a tie-breaker when determining the playoff picture.

Victories in all these games is possible and it is important that Houston comes to play because these games could very well set them up with a high seed in the playoffs come January.

What are your favorite match ups this season that are a must-watch?  Feel free to sound off in the comments section.

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Houston Texans: 2 fresh backup quarterback options for Deshaun Watson

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Do the Houston Texans have options to back up Deshaun Watson outside of Brandon Weeden? Yes they do and here are two that the team needs to look at.

The Houston Texans franchise can rest easily knowing that they have their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson.

The rookie put up monster numbers in his first six starts but was unfortunately sidelined with an ACL injury. Watson’s absence in 2017 proved that the Houston Texans need a competent quarterback in their stable.

Currently, the Houston Texans have Brandon Weeden backing up the young gunslinger as he is the next best quarterback available on the depth chart. Weeden is a seven-year veteran and has spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans in addition to the Houston Texans.

This is, of course, his second stint in H-Town and it makes sense that the organization decided to bring him in before training camp. He is a seasoned veteran that won’t cause problems in the locker room, he has a familiarity with the team and he can throw a nice deep ball.

However, the Houston Texans need a player capable of playing backup quarterback, not just a veteran with a good heart.

Who should be the Houston Texans backup quarterback in the 2018 season? Based on what is available on the free agent market, the Houston Texans should explore their options with veterans Colin Kaepernick and Matt Moore.

There’s no question that unrestricted free agent Colin Kaepernick has the talent to play in the NFL but he obviously has a stigma to his name. If the Texans can look beyond his past decisions in the league, he would make a proficient backup quarterback to Watson.

With his experience and athletic ability, Kaepernick could challenge some starting quarterbacks in the NFL today.

Throughout Kaepernick’s six seasons in the NFL, he threw for 12,271 yards with an 88.9 QBR. In addition to this, he has a great touchdown to interception ratio having thrown 72 of those to 30, respectively.

Colin knows what it takes to win and has proved himself as he took his team to the playoffs in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

During those two playoff campaigns he was able to muster up an impressive 16 touchdowns to four interceptions and broke some records along the way. Although this seems like ages ago, no other QB on the Texans roster can say they’ve played in a Super Bowl.

In addition to experiencing these high-pressure situations, he is a freakish athlete. He stands at 6-foot-5 and ran a 4.53 40-yard dash in the 2011 NFL Combine. He also has a rocket for a right arm as he was a former pitcher and threw a fast ball that would regularly sit at 92 miles per hour in high school.

However, with his polarizing stance of his protests during the national anthem that dated back to the 2016 season up until the present as well as his pending collusion lawsuit against the NFL owners, the likelihood of Bob McNair actually signing off to such a notion is next to zilch.

But let’s talk about Moore.  And that’s no pun intended.  He has played a decade in the NFL and is only 33-years-old. He spent a majority of his career with the Miami Dolphins but was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2007. He has proved to be a reliable backup behind Ryan Tannehill and has a good deep ball touch.

Receivers like to have consistency from the quarterback position and Moore can adhere to the Texans system if Watson won’t be able to go. With the emergence of the Texans skill players, it will be easy for Moore to play within himself and not exceed his limitations. That’s when he performs the best.

Moore passed for 861 yards, throwing four touchdowns to five interceptions with a 61.4 percent completion rate through four games in 2017.

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Should the Texans retain Weeden, go after the aforementioned or is there somebody else to fill Watson’s shoes if warranted?

Feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

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Houston Texans: The peculiar comparisons to the Houston Rockets

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What similarities do the Houston Texans share with the Rockets?

Robert crosses over locally with Ben Dubose of Locked on Rockets to look at the similarities between the Texans and Rockets. Should Jadeveon Clowney get an extension now?

The two discuss that plus compare Bill O’Brien and Mike D’Antoni‘s coaching/personality styles. What Texans’ rookie is Ben’s favorite?

Take a listen to that and more along with a smorgasbord of predictions for the upcoming season!

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