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FRISCO — Texans veteran middle linebacker Brian Cushing has been in touch regularly with his wife, Megan, and their two young sons.
While Cushing and the displaced Texans practice at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility in north Texas, he’s been relieved to hear that his family is doing well.
“They’re good,” Cushing said. “They’re safe. They’re at home. We’ve been fortunate with the situation with where we live in our location. Obviously, the streets are all completely flooded with water.
“It hasn’t got to the house. The kids are going a little stir-crazy, not really having a grasp of what’s going on. They’ve been in the house for a while now.”
Cushing and his wife have pledged $50,000 to USO Houston to help military members and first responders

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Cushing and his teammates are doing their best to compartmentalize their attention on football with their concern for their families amidst all the flooding and chaos back home.
“It’s a huge concern,” Cushing said. “At the same time, we have a job. You talk to teammates. Obviously, you want to be there. It’s not easy.
“We have a job, and right now this is where I need to be. At the same time, I will be very happy to finally get home and be with them.”

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Since last October, the question I’ve gotten most in email, Twitter, and supermarket checkout line …“When is Charlie Pallilo coming back to radio?”

The answer is today (August 21). Depending on when you read this, perhaps right now. And from now on. Pallilo will host the midday show, 11 am to 1 pm weekdays, on SB Nation 1560 AM.

It’s about time. Sports talk fans were surprised, many dismayed, last October when KBME 790 AM dismissed afternoon “host-for-life” Pallilo in favor of Josh Innes. To say that Pallilo and Innes have different styles of hosting would be an understatement. Pallilo is known for doing a brainy, no-nonsense sports show dependent on interaction with callers. Innes does a more humorous, wide-ranging show steeped in outrageous banter and controversial opinions.
The twains never met. Pallilo’s fans were furious about his departure and swore off 790’s afternoon show. Meanwhile Innes has developed his own following from scratch, in fact has been promoted to hosting the station’s morning show.

It’s no secret that Pallilo and I are longtime buddies. He’s a stickler for accuracy and facts and is dedicated to his show. I’ve always thought, if I had Pallilo’s work ethic, I’d be publisher of The New York Times instead of scribbling my opinion on Dairy Queen’s latest “Blizzard of the Month” and ghost-writing nonsense for homeless dogs waiting to be adopted.

Last week, I hit Pallilo with all the questions that people have asked me about his return to radio. Bottom line: Charlie’s gonna be Charlie.

CultureMap: Will your new show on 1560 AM be the same as your afternoon show on 790 AM (and before that 610 AM and 740 AM), or will you change things up for your new time slot?
Charlie Pallilo: Other than doing the opening segment in iambic pentameter, fundamentally the show will be the same. Solo hosting and personal taste mean I will always want regular interaction with callers, with guests here and there as topical.

CM: You’ve been off the air for almost a year. How did you spend that time?

CP: Basically enjoying life over my first break of any notable duration since college. Outside of not doing a show, my overall routine wasn’t dramatically different. It’s not as though I took a break from ardently following sports. I much enjoyed the Rockets’ season and now this Astros’ season. I caught up with a number of people, did some traveling, restored my tennis game from inadequate to mediocre. And I am now fluent in Tagalog.

CM: Did you ever consider leaving Houston?

CP: My life and career have been great here. Without a specific desirable job in hand, there are very few places I’d rather live on a year-round basis. So relocation was never a consideration. Now, if WFAN called me about succeeding Mike Francesa…

CM: You’ve said that baseball is your first sports love. Are you excited to come back in a pennant chase season?

CP: Absolutely. The Astros could win the World Series. Of course, they could also get bounced in the Division Series. Combine that with football about to start, the timing of my getting back on air is not mere coincidence.

CM: How will you adjust to doing a show from 11 am to 1 pm instead of afternoon drive time?

CP: I will feel my way along. The initial challenge will be getting the word around that the show exists. My morning prep will be shorter. For instance, I would typically re-watch a relevant Sunday Texans game Monday morning. There just won’t be time for that now.

CM: What did you miss most about being on the air?

CP: The passion that surrounds the best and worst of times. I enjoy rational discussions and arguments.

CM: You have a reputation of doing an intelligent, straightforward sports show. Has that always been your style, did you set out to do that, or did it develop naturally?

CP: We all have egos. Part of mine has always included taking pride in being thought of as smart and witty, and doing a show that is more likely to raise the quality of discourse than to insult or downgrade one’s intelligence.

CM: Rate the press box food at Astros, Rockets, and Texans, and what’s your favorite item at each?

CP: The Texans are the only one of the three who don’t charge. I’ll go with the Astros for overall quality. The Rockets have some outstanding desserts in their rotation. I am a man of the sweets. My favorites are frozen yogurt at Astros game, baked beans and cobbler at Texans games, and bread pudding and key lime pie at Rockets games.

CM: Which Houston team will be next to win a championship: Astros, Rockets, Texans, UH, Rice, or Dynamo?

CP: Unless the Warriors and Patriots take their seasons off, the Astros are the clear best hope.

CM: You went to Syracuse University, known for it broadcasting school. Did you always know that you wanted a career in broadcasting?

CP: When I was about 12, I read Marv Albert’s autobiography. I knew by then I would not grow to J.J. Watt, James Harden, or Jose Altuve’s stature. At least not Altuve’s talent stature. A career tied to my biggest passion would make work as close to play as I could hope.

CM: You’ve been around long enough to have perspective … how has sports talk radio changed during your career? Better or worse?

CP: Obviously there are more outlets, and more opportunities for people to get a shot at some point. Perhaps reflective of no zoning restrictions, Houston has too many sports radio stations for the market and talent pool. For better and worse the internet has been the biggest difference maker. From research, to everyone having access to a lot more data (and b.s.), to the blogosphere and social media. Attention spans shorter, a lot of dumbing down. More “look at me!” nonsense. But, as with 1,000 cable channels, there is plenty of good stuff amidst the not so good.

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — In his first NFL game, Houston Texans running back
D’Onta Foreman impressed, running for 76 yards on nine carries, including a 41-yard run
down the right sideline.

Although it’s only preseason, that production is good news for the Texans, who hope the
rookie can help spell Lamar Miller this season to lighten his workload.
Houston’s offense will likely continue to be based on the rushing attack and D’Onta
Foreman gives the Texans another weapon to use in the running game. AP Photo/Jason E.
In 2016, Miller had a career-high 268 carries for 1,073 yards and five touchdowns.
Miller missed the last two games of the regular season due to injury and still accounted
for 59 percent of the Texans’ carries last year. Miller’s backup was Alfred Blue, who
played in 14 regular-season games and ran for 420 yards on 100 carries.

“I think [having Foreman] will help me out a lot, just keep me fresh throughout the
whole season,” Miller said. “Once I get the opportunity, I got to make plays when my
number is called.”

Foreman is competing with Blue to be Miller’s backup. The rookie is big, listed at 6-
foot-1 and 233 pounds, and the Texans hope his size can complement what Miller can do.
The Texans have a diverse group of running backs in training camp, and position coach
Charles London said he thinks it’s probably the most competitive group he has had in

The rookie said he was pleased with his production on Wednesday, but acknowledged that
because he is a backup, it doesn’t count as much as it would going against the Carolina
Panthers’ starting defense.


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“It felt really good to go out there and be able to run the ball and be able to pick up
my assignments, my blitz pickups and stuff like that,” Foreman said. “I think I did
well. But like I said before, I went against the twos and the threes, so it’s like, it’s
still — I played well against the people that were out there but I still haven’t really
gotten in the flow of the real NFL.”

The Texans leaned heavily on Miller and their running game last season, especially
because of the way the passing game struggled under quarterback Brock Osweiler. The
Texans found their offensive identity on the ground in 2016, and even with Tom Savage or
Deshaun Watson under center this year, Miller said he thinks the Texans will continue to
run the ball as much as they have in the past.

“I think coach [Bill] O’Brien does a great job emphasizing that we’re a physical team,
” Miller said. “Us as running backs, we take pride in that and we just try to help the
quarterback be in manageable third-downs. We just try to keep the chains moving.”

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Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers – 8/9/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Texans (10-8) at Carolina Panthers (6-10)
NFL Football: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Bank of America Stadium)
The Line: Carolina Panthers -3 — Over/Under: 37 See the Latest Odds
Out at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Wednesday, August 9, the Houston Texans will visit the Carolina Panthers in NFL Week 1 preseason action.
The Texans are looking to build off a fairly successful season in 2016, where they finished 9-7 and won the AFC South division. Houston beat the Raiders in the Wild Card game, but lost in the Divisional Round to the eventual champion Patriots.
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers – 8/9/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Heading into the franchise’s 16th season and fourth under head coach Bill O’Brien, the Texans will see a few new faces. Offensive coordinator George Godsey is gone, following a 29th overall finish in total yards last year. Veteran WR Andre Johnson officially retired in April, leaving a hole in the receiving corps. Houston added WRs Dres Anderson and Devin Street, but they’ll need to find another breakout receiving threat this year.
It’s looking like QB Tom Savage will be leading the Texans on offense in 2017, but Houston could also turn to rookie arm Deshaun Watson, who was a first-round draft pick this year. Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins are the team’s top receivers, while Lamar Miller will handle RB duties along with Alfred Blue.
Over on the Carolina side, they’re in a bit of a different situation thanks to a disappointing 6-10 finish in 2016 that saw them finish fourth in the NFC South. The Panthers were the first team in NFL history to go 15-1 and miss the playoffs the next year.
Head coach Ron Rivera will have to add a few new pieces to his roster. The Panthers’ big offseason signing was ex-Viking OT Matt Kalil, and the team shored up their secondary with the signing of CB Captain Munnerlyn, also from the Vikings.
Cam Newton will once again helm the offense for Carolina in 2017, and he’s got a few reliable receiving threats in Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess and TE Greg Olsen. Johnathan Stewart continues as a solid backfield presence, along with Christian McCaffrey and Fozzy Whittaker.
Injury-wise, both teams have a few guys to keep an eye on. Carolina has a host of Questionable designations, including WR Stephen Hill, LB Luke Kuechly, QB Cam Newton and T Michael Oher. As for the Texans, WR Will Fuller will be out (collarbone), and T Derek Newton is on the PUP list currently.
The Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Houston is also 1-5 ATS in their last six games on grass and the under is 5-2 in the Texans’ last seven games on grass.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on grass, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. The under is 3-0-1 in the Panthers’ last four home games, and 3-0-1 in the Panthers’ last four games overall.
This should be a pretty interesting matchup, but we should obviously not expect to see the first-stringers for more than a series or two. As far as depth, both teams have quite a bit to prove in their receiving corps, but this one is probably going to come down to backup QBs. The Panthers’ Derek Anderson isn’t exactly the Cadillac of quarterbacks, but he’s got more in-game experience than Savage or Watson, and that should serve him well here. I’m going with the Panthers in an entertaining game.

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NOT THE GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA (CBS HOUSTON) In case you haven’t heard me whine about it yet, I have some sad news for you. Paul Gallant – the venerable, professional, fact driven sports journalist who certainly never brags about having played high school football at the lowest level of Florida or dominating co-ed flag football leagues in the Houston area – will not be there.

I know. I know. It’s a tremendous loss for Houston Texans fans. Nay, America. Perhaps even the world.

Yes, all the other shows of SportsRadio 610 are going. But don’t worry! I’m totally not bitter about the fact that I’ll be staying here in our 100 degree home while all the other shows get a work-paid vacation at one of the (supposedly, assuming they have good cannibal defenses) better resorts in the United States. In fact, I’m excited! Because the BEST way to test one’s football knowledge is coming up with hot takes based on the observations of others thousands of miles away!

A few Gallant at Night shows ago, I began a countdown of all the things I want the Texans to solve by the end of Training Camp. And since I’m horrible at mental math and wrote down the wrong day for the start of camp on my calendar the Texans have won 9 games 3 years in a row, I picked 9 things:

9. Who will win between Novak & Fairbairn?

The Texans have been stashing former Groza award winner Ka’imi Fairbairn for a reason. Can he beat out Nick Novak?

Did you know that Nick Novak was tied for the second most field goal attempts in the NFL last season (41)? Did you also know that he was automatic on every attempt 39 yards and under (24-24)? He might not be the best from long range (8-11 from 40-49, 3-6 from 50+) and did miss a couple of extra points. But there’s something to be said about accuracy in a league that saw the Bucs spend a second round pick on Roberto Aguayo (the league’s least accurate kicker).

Unfortunately, kickoffs are also a part of . . . kicking. Per this nerdy website, Nick Novak averaged 60.1 yards per kickoff . . . which on this site ranked 31st among NFL kickers. He had 23 touchbacks on the year . . . the 29th highest total in the league. Novak kickoffs also resulted in 1,102 yards worth of returns, the highest total in the league. That’s nearly 200 yards more than Atlanta’s Matt Bosher . . . who had 31 more kickoffs than Novak on the year.

I literally know nothing about Fairbairn other than his Lou Groza Award at UCLA. And for what it’s worth Randy Bullock and Aguayo share the same honor. But I imagine there will be some competition between these 2 in Camp.

Jeez, 5 paragraphs on kickers. I’m a loser.

8. Will returner (for punts and kicks) be a plus position?

Serious question: when is the last time that the Texans had a returner that made the opposition think twice?

Yes, Will Fuller had the game deciding punt return touchdown against the Titans in week 4. Tyler Ervin had a couple of nice returns himself . . . one which set up the Texans for a big touchdown in week 10, and another one that was called back after a roughing the kicker by Whitney Mercilus in the playoffs against the Raiders. But outside of those plays, I can’t remember covering terrifying Texans returners while at SportsRadio 610 . . . other than Jacoby Jones, who once had a hilariously bad muffed punt in a playoff game.

I think Ervin deserves a chance to reclaim his job this coming year. But I’m a strong believer that Wendell Williams – who has elite speed and has made it look effortless when given reps in offseason practices that I’ve attended – deserves a chance to compete for the job.

7. Can Coordinator Larry Izzo get more out of the Special Teams?

Nick Novak kickoffs resulted in more return yardage than any team in the league (1,102). Shane Lechler punts resulted in more return yardage than any team in the league (477). These stats are a bit misleading. I’m highlighting total yardage, not averages. But since I’ve spent entirely too much time looking up kickoff stats and punting stats . . . AND I remember that the Texans coverage units have struggled over the 6 seasons and 3 special teams coordinators that I’ve covered in my time here, I’m just going to say those need to improve.

I mentioned the lack of returning “oomph” above. Part of that is on the guys that have been returning kicks over the last few years (cough cough Keshawn Martin cough). But the blocking has got to be a factor as well. Larry Izzo had a decorated career in the NFL as a special teamer (3 times as an All Pro and Pro Bowler) and has been . In his second year as Texans Special Teams coordinator, he’s got to push this unit closer to the NFL’s middle of the pack.

6. Shake And Bake

Pro Football Focus is far from a bible, and usually annoys me more than it provides use. But take a closer look at this article, specifically this paragraph here:

Although the Texans ranked fifth in the league with 2.02 yards before contact on gap scheme runs, their running backs were mostly unable to take advantage of what the offensive line created for them. In fact, Houston ball carriers averaged just 1.95 yards after contact on gap scheme runs, which ranked 29th in the league. Consequently, the Texans ranked just 16th in the league with 3.97 yards per attempt on these plays.

This applies to the Texans running backs. They might be able to get to the second level, but when they did they were going down fairly easily. And honestly, this applies to Texans wide receivers too. I’m not saying these guys need to truck stick all wanna-be tacklers when they’re about to go down . . . but ALL of Houston’s skill players need to be better at making defenders miss.

5. Mike Vrabel: Will he be a good defensive coordinator?

I think we’re all overlooking this question because of how much we think (and everyone nationally thinks) of Mike Vrabel as a coach. But the man is going from coaching linebackers (3 2nd team All Pros in that unit if you count Jadeveon Clowney, who made it on the defensive line but really doesn’t have a position) to being in charge of an entire defense. That is a big step up in responsibilities.

He’s going to have a lot of help. Assistant head coach Romeo Crennel will be there to help him whenever. And that’s one of the reasons that I have this question lower on the list. Ultimately I think it’s going to work out . . . the cynical side of me just hates when I’m a part of a group assumption.

4. Are these wide receivers going to take a step forward?

We all know DeAndre Hopkins is good. But I bet he wants to have 2016 back. His route running and playmaking ability after the catch weren’t what they were in 2015 . . . and you could say the same about his hands.

Will Fuller looked like the real deal during the first four weeks of 2016. After that? He hit a rookie wall hard, culminating in a dropped touchdown pass during the Texans’ season ending loss to the Patriots.

Wide receivers – if they’re going to make it in the NFL – usually “figure it out” between their first and second year in the league. I’m hoping this applies to Fuller (who has hands that will always be an issue) and Braxton Miller. Jaelen Strong – entering his third year – is in this conversation too, especially after dropping around 20 pounds this offseason (remember how much love he got last offseason?). Bringing Wes Welker aboard as a coach should be a big help in teaching this unit how to sneak into open spots on the field.

3. The Offensive Line: Like the entire thing

Duane Brown isn’t there (and honestly, the Texans playing semantics with the word “holdout” while having no depth at tackle is a strange stance). Derek Newton isn’t there. Nick Martin is still basically a rookie. Jeff Allen is coming off a disappointing (hopefully due to playing through injuries) season. And Xavier Su’A inspires less confidence (at least from me) than Chancellor Valorum.

Greg Mancz played better than expected last year, and I’ve been hearing great things about David Quessenberry up in West Virginia. But this unit is going to play a major role in determining the question below.

2. The Quarterback Situation

Duh. Savage or Watson, and if you need an explanation I hate you.

Oh, “anything is better than The Quarterback Who Shall Not Be Named,” you say? I hope you’re right.

1. Can Bill O’Brien run an effective offense?

The polite way to describe the Texans offense over the last two seasons would be “difficult to watch.” Offensive coordinator George Godsey is gone. The Interception Man-Splainer is also no more. Now, the pressure is all on Bill O’Brien to figure out how to get the Texans offense out of the 1940s.

It was alright in 2014. But that’s largely due to Arian Foster. Injuries ravaged his 2015 campaign, and when you combine the lack of comparative talent in the backfield with way too many carries, you get an offense that makes getting 2 or 3 yards on a play look difficult.

Tom Savage is heading into his fourth season in the offense. But he’s still basically a rookie in terms of NFL experience. If you add up all the time he’s been under center these last three years, you could probably fit it into less than 3 games. He might know the concepts of O’Brien’s offense, but can he execute them? Is it even possible to do that if you’re not Tom Brady?

The same will apply for Deshaun Watson. Can this kid – who has a ridiculous work ethic and OFF THE FIELD is everything you want in a quarterback – pick up this seemingly over-complex offense in his rookie year? In year two? Ever?

I’m a fan of Bill O’Brien. And conceptually, I think the idea of an offense that attacks the weaknesses of the opposition week after week is a great one. But when you’ve got the best quarterback of all time under center, it’s a lot easier to do.

This offseason, he’s discussed speeding things up. Pace. Rhythm. Is that possible? The Texans might consider themselves a gameplan offense. But the reality is that they are an EXTREMELY run first team that hasn’t had the horses to be anything more. O’Brien’s career in Houston will likely be decided by his ability to change that last sentence.

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