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Thursday, June 12, 2014
RTC: Buying or selling 7.5 wins for Houston

By Tania Ganguli

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...

Many people are optimistic about the Texans' chances for recovery next season. Chris Burke of SI.com is not one of them. Oddsmakers have the Texans over/under wins at 7.5, but here's what Burke had to say about that: "Keep coming back to the same refrain with the Texans -- they wouldn't have been a two-win team last season if they had a decent quarterback. We're in the second week of June and it remains anyone's guess who will start at QB come Week 1. Expecting more than a six-win improvement over 2013 is really asking a lot of rookie head coach Bill O'Brien."

Sean Pendergast of the Houston Press recounts former NFL player Ted Johnson's quest to shed light on what concussions do to football players. He writes:
The players in 2014 have strength in numbers.

In 2007, though, Ted Johnson was an army of one.

From 1995 through 2005, Johnson was a middle linebacker for a New England ­Patriots defense that went to four ­Super Bowls, winning three. A 6-foot-4, 250-pound beast, Johnson was a Patriots fan favorite, largely because he was adept at pulverizing opposing ball carriers, racking up 757 career tackles.

Johnson spent the final three seasons of his career battling dozens of concussions, a constant wave of skull-rattling brain trauma that would be the eventual reason he would retire in the spring of 2005, the day before the start of training camp.

Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has something to prove, writes Patrick D. Starr of StateoftheTexans.com. Crennel sees several positives in the Texans' situation. Some of what he's seen on tape tell him the Texans might not be that far away.

Analyst Andre Ware re-upped his contract with Texans radio, writes David Barron of the Houston Chronicle. Ware and Marc Vandermeer, the voice of the Texans, have called Texans games on the radio since the team's inaugural season. Ware will contribute to the team's radio shows, website and television shows throughout the season.