Tag:Bob McNair
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 11:48 am

Andre Johnson to miss 'a couple of weeks'?

Posted by Will Brinson

Even though they might have put themselves in the playoffs on Sunday, the Texans managed to suffer another blow, in terms of an injury to a star player. Andre Johnson, the team's top wide receiver, left the 17-10 win over Atlanta in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.

And it sounds like, based on what Texans owner Bob McNair had to say following the game, that Johnson might be missing for "a couple of weeks."

"They say it’s a hamstring, but a typical hamstring injury and not a severe type of injury," McNair said at the postgame presser. "Hopefully, it’s one we can deal with and he can be back in a couple of weeks."

The good news for Houston is two-fold. One, they just finished Week 13, and not Week 17, which means they actually do have "a couple of weeks" to spare. And two, those couple of weeks feature three teams -- the Panthers, the Colts and the Titans -- that all give up gobs of rushing yards, regardless of the opponent.

As Clark Judge wrote on Sunday, winning without their best players is nothing new for the 2011 Texans. And the Texans already found success this year without Johnson, who missed six games with a right hamstring injury earlier in the year. The other piece of good news for Houston is that Johnson's injury this time is believed to be less severe than Johnson's previous hammy.

And given their schedule, plus the importance of Johnson to the offense once the team gets in the playoffs, don't be surprised if yesterday was the last we see of Andre Johnson in the 2011 regular season.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:29 am

Report: Texans to keep Kubiak, hire Wade as DC

Posted by Will Brinson

Because of the late-season swoon suffered by the Texans and their current 5-10 record, it's been commonly presumed that Gary Kubiak is on the hot seat in Houston. In fact, some fans have even been protesting his presence.    

Now, however, reports are coming out of Texas that indicate Kubiak may get another year with the organization and may get the help of an old Houstonian, Wade Phillips. Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network said earlier in the week he was hearing "rumblings" of a Phillips-Kubiak pairing.

Now, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texans owner Bob McNair wants Kubiak to hire a big-name defensive coordinator with a proven track record." Although, for what it's worth, McClain does caveat Kubiak's job safety by pointing out that the Texans need only to avoid a "blowout loss in Jacksonville" to keep McNair from having an "11th hour change of heart" and firing Kubiak.

Whether or not you think Wade's a good head coach, it's difficult to argue with his success as a defensive coordinator -- as McClain notes, the last four times Phillips' took a job as a DC, it was with a team that had a losing record and they were in the playoffs the next year.

McNair reportedly believes that the Texans offense is "in good hands" with Kubiak, but the defense, which was abysmal in 2010, needs an overhaul and a veteran playcaller.

Phillips, presumably, would provide that, and considering the season he had with Dallas in 2010 (a 1-7 start), it stands to reason he'd be more than willing to return to Houston (where he played in college, coached as a graduate assistant and began his pro coaching career) to try and wipe away the bad memories that people have of his latest head coaching stint.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:27 am
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Posted on: October 29, 2010 9:17 pm

McNair goes on a search ... for drugs (sort of)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Houston owner Bob McNair had his staff go through his players' lockers to see if there was anything illegal in them (Getty). Kind of a strange story here from the Associated Press regarding Texans owner Bob McNair.

If you’ll remember McNair was extremely supportive of Houston LB Brian Cushing before and during his four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy (Houston LT Duane Brown served a four-game suspension as well). Now, McNair apparently REALLY wants to make sure nobody on his squad will face the consequences of another league violation and suspension.

So, about a month ago, McNair instructed team officials to rifle through the players’ lockers and remove anything that was illegal.

“We concluded that one thing we can do is to just go through the locker room and make sure that if anybody is using anything, it's a product from one of the approved manufacturers," McNair said. "That's about all that we can do."

McNair also said the team has the right to control the players when they’re in the team’s facilities. The NFL Players Association didn’t comment for the story, but I’d be interested to hear their take.

But Brown seems cool with it (of course, what’s he going to say, considering he’s one of the guys directly responsible for the idea of the search and seizure?).

"Whatever you decide to bring into this stadium, whatever you decide to have in your locker, I feel like they have a right to know," Brown said. "There are a lot of things out there where you feel like it's perfectly fine. Some things you could be taking, you could've taken for a while, and it can just come up one time and get you.

"I think they have the right to do that."

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 9:55 pm

Cushing is getting hard to believe

B. Cushing has the support of Houston's owner in his fight to overturn his four-game suspension (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’m having a hard time believing Houston LB Brian Cushing’s latest explanation for his positive steroid test. First, he said it was caused by tumors. Now, he’s claiming it’s Overtrained Athletes Syndrome. But he has a strong advocate in his corner. Texans owner Bob McNair came out the other day in support of him, and to Cushing – who’s trying to get his four-game suspension overturned – that’s a big deal.

“It means a lot. That’s the kind of owner you really want to play for,” Cushing told the Houston media, as captured by the team’s official web site . "I’ve noticed and learned the last few months that I’m in a perfect situation with the owner. I couldn’t have been playing anywhere better in the world that supports me like this.

“He’s backed me 100 percent in everything. He’s believed in me since day one. They know the kind of worker I am, the kind of player. They take my trust. That means the world to me.”

It was interesting, though, to hear how he started off his answer when he was asked to explain OAS. “I think that’s the final diagnosis we came up with.” Yep, nothing sounds fishy when you begin an answer that way. He went on to say that many doctors have supported that claim, and he says he has the science to back it up.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman isn’t buying this story either. Read his first line, and you’ll be hooked (or really pissed): 
This week, the impossible happened. Just when you thought an athlete couldn't possibly get more self-absorbed, more ridiculous and less willing to take personal blame for his foibles, a man named Brian Cushing comes along.

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 10:39 am

Cushing's excuse? 'Overtrained Athlete Syndrome'

Posted by Will Brinson

Last night, news leaked out that Texans owner Bob McNair was heading to the big city to visit Roger Goodell and plead his case for why his star linebacker, Brian Cushing, shouldn't miss four games of his sophomore season.

Cushing's excuse? According to an interview Peter King featured in Monday Morning Quarterback , it's "Overtrained Athlete Syndrome," which results, according to King, "from athletes training intensely for long periods of time, with the possibility of a testosterone imbalance resulting when the athlete stops training."


"Everything points to that overtrained athlete syndrome," Cushing said, walking back to the Texans' locker room after their afternoon practice. "I'm pretty sure it is. I'm pretty positive. I didn't take anything. It's not a tainted supplement. So all roads lead to that."

Worth noting here is that King seems to share my skepticism, pointing out that no one's tested as high for hCG as Cushing. Ever. But the Texans owner seems convinced, so there's that.

"He shows no sign of ever having been on steroids," McNair said. "His weight hasn't changed appreciably since he's been with us. I've looked into it pretty thoroughly, and I haven't found anything that would lead me to believe that he has ever taken a performance-enhancing drug."

Cushing also added that he's "well aware" that the average fan and/or viewing public won't believe that OAS is a real problem among athletes.

It's tough when you know what kind of discipline you have, and what kind of work ethic you have, and the whole world doesn't believe you, and is against you. It's frustrating. But I know that the quickest way to answer all of this is by production on the field,'' Cushing said.

He's correct. Sorry, but no one's buying that, right? People have been notoriously focused on the "Cushing/steroid" combo for quite some time now (since he was in high school !) and even though everyone was upset by the news that Cushing was allegedly on the juice, no one was that surprised.

Sure, Cushing's syndrome could be real and simply a result of him just working too darn hard. But so could my Time-Over-Time Aging Languidly Blogging Syndrome. Or as it's called in the medical profession, TOTALBS.

The point there is that if this is the best thing that McNair brings to the table in an effort to clear Cushing's name, you shouldn't expect to see any change in the four-gamer.

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 10:29 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2010 11:11 pm

McNair meeting Goodell over Cushing suspension?

Posted by Will Brinson

Brian Cushing is scheduled to miss four games due to a suspension for violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substances. Cushing's suspension caused quite the stir, as he claimed to have never taken HcG (a substance used to mask steroids) and re-won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year during a highly contested re-vote.

Texans owner Bob McNair apparently hopes to change Commissioner Roger Goodell's mind on the length of the suspension, though, and according to John McLain of the Houston Chronicle , he'll meet with him Monday to do just that.

The crux of McNair's argument (and Cushing's as it were) is that the elevated levels of HcG in Cushing's body are naturally occurring; it's a hormone that the body produces anyway, but high levels typically indicate either the possible presence of tumors or an attempt to mask steroids. Cushing has since been tested for tumors and none were found.

But even if McNair can provide evidence that Cushing been experiencing inflated levels of the hormone since he was initially tested, the possibility of Goodell actually cutting down the suspension seems like a pretty big stretch -- Goodell would be inviting further personal re-appeals of his authority in the future, and that's not something he wants to deal with.

The smarter move by McNair and Cushing would have been to take this positive PR stance before the suspension was announced, rather than much later.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 4:12 pm

Texans definitely interested in Schobel

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While Andy has been pretty relentless in calling out the Bills front office for releasing DE Aaron Schobel and not getting anything in return for him, the Texans might be the ones who are the recipient of Buffalo’s gift.

Houston owner Bob McNair has said he’s interested in obtaining the lineman who, mind you, recorded 10 sacks last season.

“(General manager) Rick (Smith) is talking with our coaches, and they’re evaluating things and trying to determine exactly what role a player like Aaron would fill,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle . “We all respect him. He’s a good player, and I’ve always admired the way he plays the game. He’s certainly played hard every time he’s played against us. He’s got a great reputation around the league. I think anybody would be happy to have him.”

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