Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans...
A bye week is more than a mini-vacation, writes Gil Brandt of NFL Network. It'll give teams, like the Texans, a chance to take control of their season. He has no doubt the Texans will get a lift by switching to the cannon-armed Ryan Mallett.
Where does one find a franchise quarterback? Anywhere, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. He offers this synopsis of Houston's pro football quarterbacking history: "In 2002, the Texans used the first pick in team history on quarterback David Carr, who lasted five seasons before being waived. His best record was 7-9 in 2004. In 2007, the Texans traded two second-round draft choices to Atlanta for veteran Matt Schaub, who lasted seven seasons before being traded to Oakland. His best record was 12-4 in 2012. The greatest quarterbacks in Houston pro history -- George Blanda (free agent), Dan Pastorini (third overall pick), Ken Stabler (trade), Warren Moon (free agent) and Steve McNair (third overall pick) -- were acquired three different ways."
This isn't a Texans-specific story, but an interesting look at a league-wide trend by my colleague Paul Kuharsky. Sacks are down throughout the NFL. It was a note that started from something brought up by Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Kuharsky notes: "In 134 NFL regular-season games played in 2014, we've seen 600 sacks. Last year in the first 133 games played, there were 704."
Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa has drawn comparisons to Texans' star J.J. Watt. He has an idea as to why, writes Austin Ward of ESPN.com. From the pullout box in the story:
The numbers are comparable too. In 26 games at Wisconsin, Watt had 36.5 tackles for loss, including 11.5 sacks. In 22 games at Ohio State, Bosa has 28 TFL, including 17.5 sacks. But at least for his part, Bosa isn't buying it.
"When I watch him, I really don't see myself as much," he said. "The style, the way I play, I feel like I get the comparisons because I'm a big white dude and he's a big white dude playing defensive line. He has a crazy motor, he's a physical freak and, I don't know, I guess I just look at myself different.
"Obviously I appreciate all that to be compared to someone who just signed a $100-million contract in the NFL. I definitely can't complain about it."