Tuesday, February 10, 2015

HOUSTON TEXANS 2014 "MEDIA DRIVEN STORIES" BY LM




HOUSTON TEXANS 2014 "MEDIA DRIVEN STORIES"
WRITTEN BY LM
2.10.2015

There were a lot of non stories the local media feasted on.  I'm guilty I participated but more from a standpoint, "this is stupid man".  In addition to, there were some valid stories.

I am sure I will miss a few stories but these are the ones that drove Houston's Sports Media in the 2014 NFL year.

OH NO, BILL O'BRIEN IS REMOVING INDIVIDUAL TEXANS AWARDS

At the beginning of the off-season, O'Brien decided to remove players individual accomplishments from the walls at NRG.  The media fed us this story and drove it for a cool week because we "the fans" are too dumb to know maybe just maybe Coach O'Brien could be implementing a team concept.  Below is an article by Houston Chronicle Columnist Jerome Solomon.

O'Brien makes individual honors a thing of the Texans' past

STOP! BILL O'BRIEN IS REMOVING .......... SEGWAYS

If you are a fan of the Texans, one thin you do realize is how important segways are in achieving the ultimate goal.  upon Arian Foster receiving his huge contract, he bought his offensive line segways.  During the off season, O'Brien did away with it.  O'Brien actually had the audacity to make players walk to practice.  Man ole man,  the local media was fuming.  How dare he remove SEGWAYS.


ANDRE JOHNSON OFF-SEASON HOLD OUT

I did not care about Andre Johnson not participating in volunteer workouts.  However I did have a problem with him missing mandatory workouts.  I think I was more pissed at seeing Andre Johnson at a Miami Heat game while his team was practicing in Houston.  It was a valid story because we didn't know if Andre would return.  One of the most memorable rants during Andre Johnson's "hold out" was Former Houston Texan Seth Payne going after Bill O'Brien.  Seth is currently a Houston broadcaster and played with Andre Johnson as a Texan.  Overall, I think the media covered the story well.

SETH PAYNE'S MESSAGE TO TEXANS COACH BILL O'BRIEN

ARIAN FOSTER VS THE LOCAL MEDIA

Probably the biggest fail of the local media which I pen squarely on Lance Zierlein.  Lance is a huge name in sports locally so when Lance came out with his story (on air) about Arian not signing autographs, the rest of the media piled on.  Days later, Arian delivered a gem that others in professional sports would also use.  During training camp, Arian repeated the same take over and over to the media, later Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch and Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook would also use the same tactic.  However what I remember most of Arian versus Local media is Houston Texans Beat-writer John McClain snitching on Arian.  Below is audio of John McClain saying he told on Arian Foster to the NFL and Rich Lord calling Arian Foster an "A-Hole"

JOHN MCCLAIN SNITCHES ON ARIAN FOSTER

RICH LORD CALLS ARIAN FOSTER AN ASSHOLE

RYAN MALLETT SIGNS WITH THE TEXANS

Very valid story but what  take away from this story is the local mainstream media's ability to not give Jayson Braddock credit.  Jayson was telling Houston that there was a deal in play for Mallett as far back as April.

NRG TURF & CLOWNEY



First game of the season, Houston Texans overall draft Pick J. Clowney went down with an injury.  Some speculated it was due to the turf, some thought it was routine.  at some point during the season,  Bill O'Brien was on SR610 and Texans Safety DJ Swearinger was on ESPN 97.5 at the same time on different stations.  O'Brien didn't seem to have a problem with the turf while Swearinger was on another station "spilling the beans".

DJ SWEARINGER ON CLOWNEY'S INJURY AND NRG TURF

HOUSTON TEXANS LINEBACKER'S COACH, MIKE VRABEL STOLEN SUPERBOWL RINGS

Some idiots broke in Houston Texans LB Mike Vrabel coach's home and stole his Super Bowl Rings. John McClain was pissed off and felt this would make Houston look bad.  I mean really, come on dude! I would like to ask John, how does Houston look?

McCLain on Vrabel, "THIS WILL MAKE HOUSTON LOOK TERRIBLE"

PLAYERS JEALOUS OF JJ WATT and JAMES HARDEN

This was not market wide but got a lot of traction on Sports Talk 790 by way of Lance Zierlein.  Lance said some players are not happy with JJ Watt "freestyling" on defense.  I don't know if this is true or not but its gossip and.  The only reason I bring this up is because Lance also made the same accusation towards Houston Rockets James Harden via sources.  At this point I look at Lance at Lance as a guy who's constantly trying to reinforce he's the shit in Houston.

LANCE ZIERLEIN on TEAMMATES V JJ WATT 

LANCE ZIERLEIN on LEAGUE V JAMES HARDEN

RICK SMITH IS OUT, HE'S BEING DEMOTED TO A HIGHER POSITION

Print can't do this take justice but it was Lance.  Later he explained he ran with a take he heard from National Guys  but its not quite the way it was presented.  Isn't this the lamest shit you have ever heard?   It makes no sense on any level.  Of course the local media ate it for a couple weeks until John McClain of all people guaranteed, Rick Smith job was secure.

LANCE ZIERLEIN - TEXANS WILL HAVE A NEW GM BY THE SUPERBOWL

WRAP IT UP

Looking back, most of the stories were silly but gained a tone of attention.


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