WRITTEN BY LM
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
ANDRE JOHNSON OFF-SEASON HOLD OUT
SETH PAYNE'S MESSAGE TO TEXANS COACH BILL O'BRIEN
ARIAN FOSTER VS THE LOCAL MEDIA
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.