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Happy New Year from HS&S, A weird O’Brien story, playoffs, Harden goes nuts, Florida threesomes and a whole lot more: The update for Jan. 2

First off, just want to say Happy New Year to everyone and thanks for helping us build Houston Sports and Stuff. We have some huge things coming in 2017. It’s hard to believe this venture is only three months old, but it has already grown well beyond what we ever expected.

We are going to have new contributors, new features, new advertisers…the next few months will be truly exciting.

Thanks for growing with us and being a part of Houston Sports and Stuff.

(Oh, and for those of you offended by the hotties…today’s is at the very bottom of the update so you can quit after quote of the day. Those who aren’t offended can check out the Tom Brady fan below).

Rampant speculation: Before Sunday’s Texans-Titans finale, a strange report emerged regarding the Texans coach Bill O’Brien. It was merely a speculative tweet from Jay Glazer, but it grew legs fast.

From that point, several media outlets picked up the “report,” including Yahoo/Sporting News.

That became a report they could “mutually” agree to part ways and that O’Brien would be a great candidate for other jobs. That is kind of what the tweet says, but the story then moved into deeper speculation.

And that’s the world we live in. Well-sourced media person tweets speculation, other media outlets turn it into news.

Whenever I see a tweet like that, my first question is a) was he speculating; b) had he been told something. In Glazer’s case, he was probably told something, then speculated accordingly. The next question would be where it came from. Glazer does not mention a source, but he would not throw that out without some base information.

And if I had to speculate….Probably O’Brien’s agent. “Agreeing to part ways” is a term an agent would use. The reality is firings/resignations are rarely “mutual.” It is a term thrown out so neither side looks bad. If we dive down that rabbit hole, we can speculate on all sorts of possibilities. A rift over who really wanted Brock “The Ostrich” Osweiler. A pending rift over shaking up the offensive coaching staff. Who knows? It’s all just speculation.

The reality is the Texans probably feel pretty good about O’Brien and have little interest in making a change. So the speculation would be coming from the other side. Maybe O’Brien wants more power. Who knows?

O’Brien is hard to like. He is stubborn. He is arrogant. He is loathe to make changes if he thinks he is right. He might dig his heels in if ownership insists on a new offensive coordinator. But that’s just that pesky speculation again. Glazer is a reputable source, and I have no doubt someone told him something that led to the tweet. The fact that others overreacted to it really is not on him. The thing is, knowing O’Brien’s personality, a potential rift is a possibility. So it is possible more “leaks” and speculation will emerge in the next few weeks.

My favorite part of the Yahoo/SN story is the last line.

“Should O’Brien shockingly find himself on the open market, he likely won’t have any problem finding a new job. He is one of the best at developing quarterbacks.”

What quarterback has he developed? That Brady guy was pretty good already. Matt McGloin? Christian Hackenberg? Ryan Fitzpatrick? Brian Hoyer? Tom Savage? Which quarterback has he truly developed? It’s funny how these narratives take on lives of their own.

The funny thing? The Texans still have at least one playoff game ahead. But let’s not let that ruin speculation.

Playoff field set: We will break this down in more detail later in the week, but here is your playoff schedule for the next two weeks. The potential second round pairings in the NFC look especially sexy. Giants or Packers at Dallas and Seattle at Atlanta (assuming the Seahawks beat Detroit) for a final four? Yes, please.

The AFC looks a lot more top heavy. Assuming the Steelers beat the Dolphins, you would have a sexy second-round matchup between Pittsburgh and KC. The Patriots would get either the Texans or diminished Raiders. The way the Patriots are playing right now, you can write the into the AFC Championship game in pen.

Raider rematch: The Texans do not know who their quarterback will be for Saturday’s playoff game at NRG. Neither do the Raiders. Matt McGloin was injured in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, and Connor Cook finished the game. The Raiders are still a very good, balanced team, but switching QBs this late in the season is never a good thing. Then again, no one has to tell the Texans that.

We will look at the matchup in more detail later in the week, but the Texans defense should be 100 percent (minus J.J. Watt, of course). Offensively Lamar Miller should be back as well, but the QB question likely won’t be answered anytime soon.

Regardless of how awful they have looked at times this season, making the playoffs with an offense this bad is quite the accomplishment. Winning a playoff game — even at the expense of a team that lost its quarterback — would be a solid season. There would be no shame in losing to the Pats. The Texans still need to make significant improvements on offense in the off-season to compete with the big dogs (and possibly their own division, as the Jags and Titans might finally be ready to emerge and the Colts will always be a threat with Andrew Luck). But for this season, making the tournament is always a good thing.

NFL recap: Here is a look at all of Sunday’s games. And our friends at Holly.football as always have a funny recap.

Coaching carousel: Black Monday came early for several NFL coaches this year. Chip Kelly joined the unemployed yesterday and Gary Kubiak is reportedly stepping down after two years in Denver. That leaves the following jobs open: Buffalo, LA, Jacksonville, San Diego, San Francisco and probably Denver. Cincinnati and the Jets remain possibilities, and Cleveland is every year. SI breaks down the firings and potential replacements.

How about Harden? You might have missed it, but James Harden had the game of a lifetime over the weekend. The New York Times breaks down just how historic Harden’s performance was. His 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds was the stuff of video games. Harden is keeping his name in the MVP race and keeping the Rockets on a roll.

Speaking of rematches: Alabama will play Clemson for the college football playoff championship. Both teams cruised in the semifinals. Hard to see ‘Bama getting beat but also did not see Clemson shutting out Ohio State. Some opinions on the last few bowl games today can be found here. 

Ah, Florida…never change: All this guy wanted was a little mother/daughter action. All he got was his ass kicked.

QUOTE OF THE DAY 

“Life must be something more than dilettante speculation.”

— Anna Julia Cooper

HOTTIE OF THE DAY

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The Patriots were the best team in football again. So they get the No. 1 seed in the Hottie of the Day competition.

 

4 Comments on Happy New Year from HS&S, A weird O’Brien story, playoffs, Harden goes nuts, Florida threesomes and a whole lot more: The update for Jan. 2

  1. Zach Roberman // January 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm // Reply

    If Seahawks win they will play Atlanta not Dallas. As awesome as that sounds for a second round game, it won’t be the case until at least the NFC championship

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  2. Thanks corrected.

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  3. Keep the hotties coming Fred!

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  4. If you’re looking for attractive Patriots fans; Ashely Alexiss is the only way to go.

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