Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
The Pro Football Writer's Association announced their All-NFL team, All-AFC team and All-NFC team, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. No surprise that Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was on two of those teams. He joined Rams defensive end Robert Quinn on the All-NFL team and joined Miami's Cameron Wake on the All-AFC team.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle talked with Texans general manager Rick Smith about what might change now that Bill O'Brien has taken over as head coach of the Texans. The last time Smith dealt with a schematic change was when Wade Phillips took over as defensive coordinator before the 2011 season. Here's Smith on how the scouting staff adjusted to that: "I got in a room with Wade, and we talked ball," Smith said. "We watched tape and got on the board. I wanted to make sure I understood what he was looking for. I went to the Senior Bowl and convened all our scouts and had a chalk talk about what the defense was going to look like by position. That's the only way you can educate them. We'll have those same conversations."
Smith also had this to say to McClain about taking a quarterback: "It's pretty clear that this is a quarterback league," Smith said. "If you're going to win consistently, you better have one who understands how to play effectively and how to produce when the pressure's on. If there's a quarterback worthy of that (first) pick, that's a great situation to be in. But it's been proven you don't have to take a quarterback with the first pick in the draft to be successful."
Ken Whisenhunt would have been a candidate with the Texans had their deal with Bill O'Brien fallen through. The Tennessee Titans hired the former Chargers offensive coordinator and former Cardinals head coach. They did so quickly, rather than hesitate as they did before firing former head coach Mike Munchak, writes Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.
Meanwhile, Munchak, who interviewed for the Texans' offensive line coach position, is still high on the Detroit Lions' list for their new head coach, our Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported yesterday.