Houston Texans 2013 Season Preview: Why the Zone-Blocking Scheme Will Be Key

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With a good defense and an excellent running game led by Arian Foster , the Texans are tough to beat. When the run game is working, Houston excels. When opposing defenses stack the box, the Texans use the play-action pass to outsmart the defense and complete the long pass. Matt Schaub is an elite quarterback when it comes to the play action, and he typically makes the smart decision with the football. The Texans have utilized the play action the past few seasons when their running game has been top notch. This past season, however, the running game was less effective than usual. Foster had a solid year, but the team running game was not as dominant as it had been in seasons prior. The biggest reason for that is probably all of JJ Watt Nike Jersey the shuffling around on the offensive line. Due to free agency and injuries, the Texans had to bring in some new faces on the right side to block this past year. The Houston offense uses a specific zone-blocking scheme , which is broken down and then shown in motion in these videos, and it takes time for the offensive line to learn how to play together.

The Public Policy Polling survey found that 45 percent of Texas voters said they oppose the decision to overturn a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, 29 percent said they support it, and 27 percent said they are not sure. Most Texans 54 percent said they approve of the landmark 1965 voting rights law. Only 21 percent oppose it. The section of the act that forced jurisdictions in Southern states to get preclearance from the federal government before altering voting laws was ruled unconstitutional by the court. While some see this decision as a victory for Southern states, allowing them to be on the same playing field as the rest of the states, others believe that Section 4 of the bill should have been upheld to prevent discrimination against voters.

2013 NFL training camp preview: Houston Texans

Johnson is still the team's top wideout, but the Texans will be prepared to move on when he retires, assuming their draftees pan out. If Johnson is slowing down, however, his numbers don't show it. Last year, he played in all 16 games of the regular season for the first time 2009. His 112 receptions fell just three shy of his career high, but his 1,598 yards receiving were a new personal best. Johnson's paltry four touchdown receptions were disappointing, but may be the result of Arian Foster's effectiveness near the goal line. The Texans have reportedly been impressed with Hopkins in practice.

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Yes, he does," Prisco said in late May . "He's won a Super Bowl, but so what? What's it matter? If you can't play, you can't play and I just don't think he was very good last year. Now I will say he was hurt and he didn't tackle. Prisco's words are bolstered by ProFootballFocus.com 's numbers -- Reed graded out well below Grover Quin, who left the Texans in free agency. Something to prove Arian Foster . It seems silly to mention Foster here given that he led the league in rushing in 2010 and ran for over 1,400 yards last season. But his average yards per carry dropped from 4.9 in '10 to 4.1 in '12, a career low. Foster, who missed some offseason workouts with a strained calf, expects to be ready for training camp.

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The Rockets are cutting the fat wherever they can to get Howard a max deal. Daryl Morey brought the big guns for the meeting with Howard-- James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Clyde Drexler, and Hakeem Olajuwon. There was even a special guest appearance by Yao Ming via Skype. Of course, the reports after the meeting were all positive. One of the main story lines was the fact that Howard wants another Big Three' . Two problems with that situation: the only other star' (if I could make those quotations any bigger I would) left on the free agent market is Josh Smith. The quality and quantity of Smith's shot selection leave a bit to be desired. Two, if my memory services me well, Miami's big three each took a small pay cut to create their super team'. Harden already has a max contract, and Howard will not settle for less. Where will the money come from for a third star'?

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First, no player two years into his NFL career should be in best ever discussions. But Cushing said could, so we will consider the topic. It will be difficult for Watt, a defensive tackle who is listed as a defensive end in the Texans 3-4 front, to surpass Lawrence Taylor. The former New York Giant was not only dominant, he changed the game to where outside linebackers became elite rushers. Trend-setters get extra credit in every best ever debate. But I will say Watt is unquestionably the best defensive player in the game today. He dominated the Broncos offense, and right guard Manny Ramirez, for three quarters in the Texans 31-25 win last Sept. 23 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

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- Texans hate Hillary Clinton -- except when compared with Rick Perry. In hypothetical presidential elections featuring the Democratic frontrunner, Clinton lost every time out, except when pitted against Perry. In a fake Clinton-Perry matchup, she won 48-44. In other words: Rick Perry, your time is up. - Respondents were asked whether they approved or disapproved of Texas becoming a majority-minority state. Respondents did not like being asked this. Respondents asked again, Wait, this thing is anonymous, right? You know I don't have to do this. In the end, 44 percent of respondents said they were "not sure," more than on any other question. - Forty-six percent of those surveyed retain a favorable opinion of Paula Deen.

Poll: Texans disagree with Supreme Court decision to overturn parts of Voting Rights Act

Houston was one of the quieter teams in free agency and really didnt make a big splash in the draft, so it appears they are happy with the status quo. The move they did make was the signing of veteran DB Ed Reed. Reed will be a huge upgrade to the 16th rated pass defense in the NFL. Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins was selected in the first round to help take some pressure off of Andre Johnson. Now the question is, will Reed and Hopkins be enough to get Houston to the next level? Matt Schaub will now have two excellent receivers to throw to in Johnson and Hopkins and has one of the best RBs in the NFL in Arian Foster, plus the offensive line is as good as any in the NFL. Greg Jones was brought in from Jacksonville to help block for Foster. Will Schaub be able to elevate is game with all of this talent around him? The defense is led by JJ Watt, the reigning defensive player of the year in the NFL. The Houston coaching staff said Watt's season was right there among the best of all time. The second-year defensive end led the NFL with 20.5 sacks to go with four forced fumbles and 22 tackles for a loss. He is the perfect player for Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme, and could challenge Michael Strahan's single-season sack record if he gets a little more help from his fellow pass rushers. That group includes Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin, who both saw their sack totals drop in 2012 (from 6 to 2.5 for Reed, 11.5 to 3 for Barwin) after seeming poised for stardom, and Whitney Mercilus, who had 6 sacks as a rookie.