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  • Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT Houston Texans at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Houston Texans Stampede Tour pres. by Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Stop by Academy Sports + Outdoors (8453 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, TX 77640) from 4-5 PM to meet the Houston Texans!

    Stop by for autographs and pictures with:

    FORMER HOUSTON TEXANS LINEBACKER #56 JAY FOREMAN*

    FORMER HOUSTON TEXANS KICK RETURNER #84 JJ MOSES*
    HOUSTON TEXANS CHEERLEADERS
    AND TORO!

    Houston Texans Giveaways!

    Autographs not guaranteed for everyone and signings strictly limited to times listed per appearance. *Celebrities subject to change.

  • Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT Houston Texans at Buffalo Wild Wings

    Houston Texans Stampede Tour pres. by Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Stop by Buffalo Wild Wings (3939 Dowlen Rd., Suite 11, Beaumont, TX 77706) from 8-9 PM to meet the Houston Texans during the first half of the Texans vs. Broncos game!

    Stop by for autographs and pictures with:

    FORMER HOUSTON TEXANS LINEBACKER #56 JAY FOREMAN*

    FORMER HOUSTON TEXANS KICK RETURNER #84 JJ MOSES*
    HOUSTON TEXANS CHEERLEADERS
    AND TORO!


    Houston Texans Giveaways!

    Autographs not guaranteed for everyone and signings strictly limited to times listed per appearance. *Celebrities subject to change.
  • Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 8:00 PM CDT Texans at Broncos The Texans travel to Denver to face off against the Broncos.
  • Sun., Aug. 24, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM CDT Back To Tailgating The Houston Texans are Back to Football so it’s time for you to get Back to Tailgating at the Academy Sports + Outdoors in Pearland on Sun., Aug. 24 from 3-5 PM. Join the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO & Deep Steel Thunder for this free event.  Also, get tailgating tips for the 2014 season from former H-E-B Tailgaters of the Year!
  • Tue., Aug. 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Houston Texans Team Luncheon presented by Amegy Bank of Texas The Houston Texans Team Luncheon presented by Amegy Bank of Texas is Tuesday, August 26 at 12 noon.  It’s your chance to have lunch with the entire Texans team, as well as hear from new head coach Bill O’Brien as we get Back to Football and prepare for the 2014 season. 
  • Thu., Aug. 28, 2014 7:00 PM CDT 49ers at Texans The Texans host the 49ers at NRG Stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 30, 2014 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM CDT AdvoCare Texas Kickoff

    Celebrate the return of college football with a Big Ten and SEC showdown at NRG Stadium, as the LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers square off in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Saturday August 30 at 8pm. Secure yours today by calling 832-667-2390 or at advocare texas kickoff dot com.

  • Sun., Aug. 31, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk Join the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO, and the Battle Ready Band at the Kickoff at Kemah Boardwalk on Sun., Aug. 31 from 1-3 PM. Bring the entire family for autograph signings, live music, & prize giveaways!
  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM CDT Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk presented by H-E-B Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B is Sunday, September 14 at NRG Park.  The 5K run/walk and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Aramark will both finish on the floor of NRG Stadium, where the post-race party is with the return of pizza and beer! Also, there is a new course for 2014. Secure your spot before Sept. 8 at 5 PM at HoustonTexans.com.
  • Wed., Nov. 12, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST Bulls & Birdies Golf Tournament supported by Bud Light

    Have you ever dreamed of playing a round of golf with the Houston Texans Cheerleaders cheering you on?  Now’s your chance!  Sign up today at HoustonTexans.com for the annual Bulls and Birdies Golf Tournament supported by Bud Light at Wildcat Golf Club on Wednesday, November 12.

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From College to the NFL: A History

Posted Jan 7, 2014

With Bill O’Brien officially named the new Texans head coach, the 44-year old becomes another in a growing list of former college coaches now patrolling the sidelines in the National Football League.

With Bill O’Brien officially named the new Texans head coach, the 44-year old becomes another in a growing list of former college coaches now patrolling the sidelines in the National Football League.

O’Brien spent the past two years as the head man at Penn State, compiling a 15-9 record while winning several national coaching awards. Although O’Brien spent the previous five years working in the NFL for the New England Patriots, a majority of the Dorchester, Mass., native’s tenure has been at the college ranks.

College coaches moving onto the NFL isn’t a new phenomenon, with roots tracing back to the beginnings of the league. Perhaps the most famous of the college converts was the great Vince Lombardi, who spent time at both Fordham University and West Point before becoming an assistant coach with the New York Giants. Lombardi went on to become perhaps the most revered NFL coach of all-time, reinventing the game with the Green Bay Packers throughout the 1960’s.

Names like Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer and Bill Walsh all had college roots before finding Super Bowl success in the professional ranks. In recent years, highly successful college coaches like Steve Mariucci and Nick Saban have tried their hand at the NFL as well.

In the past four years, five former college head coaches have been hired for the same position in the NFL. Despite varying degrees of success, a review of these five show similarities to the experience level of the newly hired O’Brien.

In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks hired USC’s Pete Carroll as their head coach. Carroll, who had vast NFL experience, including as a head coach, seamlessly made the transition back to the NFL. In a short time, he has vaulted the Seahawks to one of the premiere franchises in the league. Seattle is 38-26 under Carroll, including a 13-3 mark this season. Carroll’s past experience is the outlier among the five, due to his previous time as a head coach with the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

A year later, Seattle’s NFC West Division rival San Francisco poached Jim Harbaugh from nearby Stanford. Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, has also had instant success at the professional level, going 36-11 in his three years with the 49ers. Harbaugh’s previous coaching experience was almost exclusively in college, with 15 of his 17 years coming on campus. His only NFL tour was two years coaching quarterbacks for the Oakland Raiders. Harbaugh famously faced off against his brother John, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, in last year’s Super Bowl.

2012 saw former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano named as the head man in Tampa Bay. Schiano’s tenure ended a week ago, with the Bucs choosing to move on after just two seasons. Schiano’s approach didn’t yield the same positive results as they did at Rutgers, as his two squads managed just an 11-21 record. Schiano’s resume is similar to Harbaugh’s, with 20 of his 23 years of coaching coming at the collegiate level. He spent time in the mid-90’s working with the Chicago Bears defense. Schiano is the only coach of the five that is no longer employed by the team that hired him.

2013 saw two former collegiate head coaches hired by NFL teams. Chip Kelley (Philadelphia Eagles) and Doug Marrone (Buffalo Bills) were chosen after stints at Oregon and Syracuse, respectively.

Kelly, seen as one of the most innovative offensive minds in football, joined the Eagles after 23 years of only coaching at the college level. Kelly’s unique path to Philadelphia included stops at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, New Hampshire and Oregon. Kelly spent 19 years as a position coach and coordinator before getting a chance to lead the Ducks in 2009.

Of the five, Kelly is the only one to not have any NFL experience before landing a head coaching gig. Despite his non-NFL resume, Kelly helmed the Eagles to an NFC East Division championship and a playoff appearance in his first season. Philadelphia was 10-6 on the year. The Eagles also topped the NFL in rushing, averaging 160 yards per game.

Marrone was named the Buffalo Bills coach after a four-year stint as the head coach at Syracuse. Marrone’s resume most matches O’Brien’s, as both were coordinators in the NFL before becoming head coaches in college. Marrone’s NFL experience included seven years with both the New York Jets (offensive line coach) and the New Orleans Saints (offensive coordinator).

Their careers even crossed paths, with both serving on the staff at Georgia Tech in the late 90’s. Marrone’s first season in Buffalo resulted in a 6-10 season, as the Bills struggled with injuries to several starters, including rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. 

With O’Brien running the show in Houston, the number of college head coaches now running NFL franchises has grown. That number is likely to grow with five NFL openings remaining to be filled this offseason. Several organizations have reportedly reached out to college candidates in their searches.

Will the college route continue to prove successful in the NFL? Only time will tell. 

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