Jamey RootesHOUSTON – The Houston Texans announced today that long-time president Jamey Rootes is leaving the organization to pursue his interests as a writer, public speaker, consultant and professor at the University of Houston.

The team will commence an immediate search for a new president. The search will include a diverse slate of candidates, including internal candidates from the business side.

“We sincerely appreciate Jamey’s multiple contributions to the Texans franchise over his tenure and look forward to seeing him succeed in his new ventures,” said Texans Chair and CEO Cal McNair. “We will now build upon this foundation and move forward with a bold and unwavering commitment to winning championships, creating memorable experiences for our fans, and doing great things for Houston.”

“Jamey has been and always will be a member of our Texans family,” said Texans Co-Founder and Senior Chair Janice S. McNair. “When Bob first met Jamey, he knew immediately Jamey would be the one to help us build this franchise from the ground up. I am so thankful for Jamey, Melissa and the entire Rootes family for their constant dedication to the team since its inception. He’s had a great influence on this organization and we wish him continued success in the future. We respect Jamey’s decision to pursue other opportunities.”

“The past two decades have been an amazing blessing for me and my family and I have the McNairs to thank for that,” Rootes said. “It has been an honor to serve them in this capacity for as long as I have. I want to thank my teammates as we could not have had so many successes without their hard work and dedication to the team. I also want to thank the best fans in the National Football League, whom I call ‘Texans Nation.’ Your passionate support created a tremendous homefield advantage, established the best tailgating experience in the NFL and sold out every home game. I will always be a proud Texan and I look forward to continuing to support our team.”

Throughout Rootes’ tenure (2000-2021), he was responsible for all of the Texans’ business functions. He oversaw the team’s efforts to secure stadium-naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club’s successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, led the creation and launch of the team’s identity and developed the team’s highly-acclaimed customer service strategy. Under his leadership, the Texans have consistently been recognized as one of the most valuable professional sports franchises both in the NFL and globally.

In 2003, Rootes created Lone Star Sports and Entertainment (LSSE) and since that time has served as president. LSSE has been the catalyst for some of Houston’s most significant sporting events, including collegiate events like the Texas Bowl and the Texas Kickoff annual college football games, as well as marquee soccer events like Copa América Centenario, Gold Cup, the Manchester Derby and the International Champions Cup match featuring Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Most recently, Rootes and LSSE launched “Texans Fit,” which now has six fitness facility locations in the Houston area.

Rootes was selected twice by the Sports Business Journal as a member of its distinguished “Forty Under 40” list of leading sports executives, and in 2014 he was named a finalist for the Global Sports Executive of the Year by the Stadium Business Awards. Rootes was recognized in 2017 as the first-ever Houston Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year after serving as chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and deputy chairman of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee. In 2019, he was selected as one of Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs. Rootes was also recognized as the 2020 Steinberg/DeNicola NFL Humanitarian of the Year. In Rootes’ recently released book, “The Winning Game Plan“, he outlines a world-class approach to leading a business to exceptional and sustained success. The book became a best-seller on Amazon, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.

Rootes plans to maintain an active role in the community by serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and the United Way of Greater Houston. While with the Texans, he also oversaw the activities of the Houston Texans Foundation, which has donated more than $35 million since its inception in 2002.

The Best Team In Texas

The best team in Texas right now are the Houston Texans. Dallas Cowboys and their fans would say they are but considering how this season is unfolding the Texans are the real team of Texas. I won’t compare the two only because it’s not fair to the Cowboys or their fans.

Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson in the first 3 games did not look like the same QB from 2017 who led all QBs in the first 7 games with 19 TDs passing before his injury. He just seem to be struggling but not only him, the Texans Defense now healthy was struggling as well. Division Champions of 2017 the Jacksonville Jaguars were looking even better on paper, the Indianapolis Colts starting QB Andrew Luck was back and looked to compete. The Tennessee Titans with their new Head Coach Mike Vrabel the Texans former Defensive Coordinator was hired to take the Titans to a new level.

Normally it take from 6 to 9 months to recover from a torn ACL and in Deshaun Watson’s line of work it might take longer to get his movement back. I saw it in the first 3 games … except for the New England Patriots the next two were winnable games vs the Titans and Giants. The defense was getting into rhythm and kept the game close. In the first 3 games the Texans lost at an average of 4 points. In their fourth game something clicked.  Watson movement was more fluid and he looked like he was in his 2017 form. Although the game went into overtime the Texans led throughout the game but The Colts came back and tied it with a 2 point conversion in the 4th quarter. In overtime the Colts took the lead with a field goal making the score 34-31. The Texans responded with their own field goal to make the score 34-34 with 1:50 remaining in overtime.

While the Colts were driving on their next possession, Andrew Luck failed to get a first down, the Texans with Deshaun Watson at the helm drove down to the Colts 19 yardline with 3 second left on the clock and kicked a field goal and won their first game 34-37.

Bob McNair Texans Owner / FounderThis was the start of a seven game winning streak, the second longest only to the New Orleans Saints winning ten consecutive games. Can they win 8 games in a row on Monday Night Football vs the Titans? This game has some special significance, Bob McNair the Houston Texans owner/founder died at the age of 81 on November 23rd 2018. I don’t think the Texans will let up their winning ways, look for the best team in Texas, the Houston Texans to continue to lead their division.  

2018 FIFA World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.

TV schedule: FOX Sports
Start date: Jun 14, 2018
End date: Jul 15, 2018
Host country: Russia

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Which Texan free agent will make the greatest impact?

DB Tyrann Mathieu, CB Aaron Colvin, G Zach Fulton, OT Seantrel Henderson, OL Senio Kelemete were signed by the Texans this offseason.

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Guess Who’s Back?

Key players in the NFL are so important, they are sometimes leaders or backups but their role as a player is important. Two players / leaders were missed last season because of injury. Never has a team changed the way the Texans has when J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson was not present in the game. Watt an already established defensive player was injured for the 3rd season after dominating the NFL in the first 5.

Watson who was coming off a win against Alabama as National Champion only to be selected 12th …. according to experts, one year starter Mitchell Trubisky was a better QB and better suited for the NFL. Watson injury affected the Texans offense and much as Watts injury affected the Texans defense. But that was last season, Guess Who’s Back? … and the got help … Read more

JJ Watt
Nov 22, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after getting a sack during the third quarter against the New York Jets at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t think there was any player who was more important to the Texans success than J.J. Watt. The 6’5″ 295lb DE took the NFL by storm by recording 394 tackles, 76 QB sacks, 47 passed defensed, 15 forced fumbles, and 1 interception for a TD. He has been name defensive player of the year 3 of his first 5 years. He has been the NFL sack leader twice totaling 20 sacks twice in his career.

However the last two years 2016 and 2017 he only played 8 games due to injury. It seem so went Watt so went the Texans. I watched him dominate the Cincinnati Bengals in a playoff game in which he batted a thrown pass to himself for an interception and ran it in for a touchdown.

In 2017 the Texans drafted their second QB in franchise history in the 1st round, Deshaun Watson. Here are some views about Watson;

“He showed what he’s capable of doing against Alabama last year. That was his best game of the season. But I just don’t see him as the pocket passer like a lot of people prefer in our league.”

Another NFL scout who studied Watson intently this season added: “He doesn’t have NFL accuracy. The timing throws, Bang 8 (skinny post) or a comeback throw, he doesn’t do any of that.”

Deshaun Watson
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Deshaun Watson showed why he should have been selected the #1 player in the draft. Teams couldn’t go to sleep on this guy … without a defense he managed to lead all NFL quarterbacks with 19 touchdowns passing with 8 interceptions, plus 2 rushing Tds.

What makes him special? He’s a clutch player, it’s to early to put him among the elite but he’s might be there sooner than Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Ben, Wilson. Other than Ben these guys didn’t have great defenses or great WRs but managed to beat teams because they are above the rest.

What make fans get excited about Watson is not his win but the loses … Brady, Wilson, Smith … might have lost those games if they weren’t the QBs that they are … Game 3 Texans led New England 33-28 with 30 seconds in the 4th quarter … Brady throws a strike to Brandon Cook in the endzone to go ahead 35-33.  Game 5 the Chiefs led 23-13 into the 4th quarter … they had to fight to and hold on when Watson threw 3 touchdowns in the 4th, final score 42-34. Then there was Game 7  … the game reminded me of an Ali and Frazier fight. All day the two teams Seattle and Texans were going back and fourth scoring until there was 26 seconds left in the game. Wilson threw a strike to a wide open Jimmy Graham for the lead and win. Final score 41-38.

After that game Watson suffered an non-contact injury and underwent a successful ACL surgery but was lost for the rest of the 2017 season.

Texans stars J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson are expected to be healthy for the start of training camp, according to NFL Media.

The report said both have progressed so well in their physical rehab they’re not expected to begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, suffered a broken leg in Week 5. Watson was off to an MVP-caliber start in his rookie season before suffering a torn ACL in late October. The dual-threat quarterback passed for almost 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven games.

This news correlates with recent updates on both players. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said at the NFL meetings in late March that Watson was “ahead of schedule, but there’s still a lot of work to put in.”

With the additions of the free agents and rookies the Texans are in position to reclaim the AFC South.

Just another opinion.

The NFL Draft

NFL Draft Logo 2018The NFL Draft 2018 took place Apr 26, 2018 – Apr 28, 2018 in  AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. My thoughts about this years draft was that the media seem to criticize teams who didn’t draft headline players. If the player wasn’t going to give them fantasy points, it was a bad pick. I do admit some teams seem clueless about their picks but why the surprise it’s why they have one of the first 5 picks every year.

What is a draft grade, it has never won a game so it means nothing. If you look at the Quarterbacks selected in the 2011 draft only 3 are starters. Cam Newton is the only QB in that draft 1st round who has started from day 1. Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton drafted in the 2nd round and Tyrod Taylor drafted in the 6th round who guided the Buffalo Bills to their first playoff game in 17 years. According to the media none of those guys except Cam Newton received any recognition as the latter 3 first rounders did. Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, and Christian Ponder #1s who are all backups in the NFL.

If the media gave your team a low grade don’t take it to heart, they have been wrong on many accounts. It’s a guessing game and based on stats and not a man’s heart. 

… don’t go to sleep on the Texans :

They now have stability on the OL, confidence on the Defensive back-end and a vet at QB. The Texans took care of their needs through free agency by finding protection for Deshaun Watson, securing and the back-end on defense with 3 play-making DBs and focused on the draft to fill in the rest.

I look for the Texans to win more game due to their defense and offensive line. My only concern is their running game … can it compete with Jacksonville and Tennessee?