2013 Houston Texans season

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2013 Houston Texans season
Head coach Gary Kubiak (fired on December 6, 2–11 record)
Wade Phillips (Interim during Week 10 while Kubiak recovered from a mini-stroke; Interim from Weeks 15–17, 0–3 record)
General manager Rick Smith
Owner Bob McNair
Home field Reliant Stadium
Results
Record 2–14
Division place 4th AFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers

The 2013 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 12th season in the National Football League. The Texans failed to improve upon their 12–4 record from 2012, suffering through a season-ending 14-game losing streak following a 2–0 start and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Head coach Gary Kubiak was fired after eight seasons following their eleventh loss (Week 14 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars). Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was named the interim head coach for the final three games of the season. Their 14-game losing streak is the worst in team history.[1] Coming off a franchise-best 12–4 record just the year before, the Texans tie a league record with the Houston Oilers (who, coincidentally, also went 12–4 in 1993 and 2–14 in 1994) for the biggest season-to-season decline in win total. On January 3, 2014, claiming that "I'm ready to kick 2013 the hell out the door", Texans owner Robert McNair announced that former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien would be the Texans' third head coach.[2]

After Kubiak was terminated and Phillips relieved of duty (along with 5 assistant coaches), the former terminated Texans coaching staff ended up as part of the 2015/16 Denver Broncos coaching staff (Kubiak as the Bronco's head coach and Phillips as defensive coordinator) leading to a Super Bowl 50 victory - some in Houston have lamented about this.

2013 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 27 DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
2 57 D. J. Swearinger FS South Carolina
3 89 Brennan Williams OT North Carolina
95[a] Sam Montgomery OLB/DE LSU
4 124 Trevardo Williams OLB/DE Connecticut
6[b] 176 David Quessenberry OT San Jose State
195 Alan Bonner WR Jacksonville State
198 Chris Jones DT Bowling Green
201[a] Ryan Griffin TE UConn
Notes
^[a] Compensatory selection.
^[b] The Texans traded their fifth-round selection (No. 160 overall) to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for two sixth-round selections from the Rams — Nos. 184 and 198 overall. The Texans later traded the No. 184 selection along with their seventh-round selection (No. 233 overall) to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the Raiders' sixth-round selection (No. 176 overall).

Staff[edit]

2013 Houston Texans staff
Front office
  • Founder/Chairman/CEO – Bob McNair
  • Vice Chairman – Philip Burguières
  • Vice Chairman – D. Cal McNair
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Rick Smith
  • President – Jamey Rootes
  • Vice President of Football Administration – Chris Olsen
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Brian Gardner
  • Senior Personnel Advisor – Bobby Grier
  • Director of College Scouting – Mike Maccagnan

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Gary Kubiak (fired Dec. 6th)
  • Interim Head Coach – Wade Phillips (promoted on Dec. 6th)

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Joe Marciano
  • Assistant Special Teams Coordinator - Bob Ligashesky

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Cedric Smith
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Matt Schiotz

Final roster[edit]

2013 Houston Texans final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 16 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 at Minnesota Vikings W 27–13 1–0 Mall of America Field at the
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Recap
2 August 17 Miami Dolphins W 24–17 2–0 Reliant Stadium Recap
3 August 25 New Orleans Saints L 23–31 2–1 Reliant Stadium Recap
4 August 29 at Dallas Cowboys W 24–6 3–1 AT&T Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 at San Diego Chargers W 31–28 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 September 15 Tennessee Titans W 30–24 (OT) 2–0 Reliant Stadium Recap
3 September 22 at Baltimore Ravens L 9–30 2–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
4 September 29 Seattle Seahawks L 20–23 (OT) 2–2 Reliant Stadium Recap
5 October 6 at San Francisco 49ers L 3–34 2–3 Candlestick Park Recap
6 October 13 St. Louis Rams L 13–38 2–4 Reliant Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Kansas City Chiefs L 16–17 2–5 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 Bye
9 November 3 Indianapolis Colts L 24–27 2–6 Reliant Stadium Recap
10 November 10 at Arizona Cardinals L 24–27 2–7 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
11 November 17 Oakland Raiders L 23–28 2–8 Reliant Stadium Recap
12 November 24 Jacksonville Jaguars L 6–13 2–9 Reliant Stadium Recap
13 December 1 New England Patriots L 31–34 2–10 Reliant Stadium Recap
14 December 5 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20–27 2–11 EverBank Field Recap
15 December 15 at Indianapolis Colts L 3–25 2–12 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
16 December 22 Denver Broncos L 13–37 2–13 Reliant Stadium Recap
17 December 29 at Tennessee Titans L 10–16 2–14 LP Field Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week One: Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 0 7 17 31
Chargers 7 14 7 0 28

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

The Texans won their fourth straight regular season opener and picked up their first franchise victory against the San Diego Chargers, improving to 1–4 against them on the late game of ESPN's Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader. San Diego scored 4 times compared to Houston's 1 to take a 28-7 4th quarter lead before Houston scored 24 straight points to win 31-28.

Week 2: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Two: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Titans 7 3 0 14 0 24
Texans 7 0 7 10 6 30

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

With the OT win, the Texans improved to 2-0 for the 4th straight year. In a hard fought defensive battle Tennessee took a 24-16 lead before Houston sent it to Ot. DeAndre Hopkins had the game winning touchdown to win 30-24.

Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Three: Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 6 0 0 9
Ravens 0 17 7 6 30

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

The Texans' 14-game losing streak started in Baltimore, where the Ravens pummeled Houston, 30-9. The Texans fell to 2-1. After Houston grabbed a 6-3 lead, the Ravens got a pick-six and a punt return for a touchdown to make it 17-6. Baltimore outscored Houston in the second half 13-3 en-route to a 30-9 win.

Week 4: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Seahawks 3 0 3 14 3 23
Texans 0 20 0 0 0 20

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Game information

With the surprising loss, the Texans fell to 2-2. Houston Scored 20 unanswered to take a 20-3 halftime lead. With a 20-6 4th quarter lead, Houston gave up a pick-six to tie it at 20-20. Seattle won in Ot, 23-20.

Week 5: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Five: Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 0 3 0 3
49ers 14 7 3 10 34

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information

Matt Schaub threw a pick-six in a blowout loss to the 49ers. The final was 34-3.

Week 6: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Six: St. Louis Rams at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 10 21 0 38
Texans 0 6 0 7 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,104
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

St. Louis had 2 straight defensive tds and they dominated Houston 38-13. Houston dropped to 2-5.

Week 7: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Seven: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 7 6 0 16
Chiefs 7 7 3 0 17

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information
Case Keenum got the start in a game that ended 17-16 Kansas City. Houston dropped to 2-6

Week 9: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Battle Red Day
Week Nine: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 3 9 15 27
Texans 14 7 3 0 24

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), clear (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 71,778
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Houston got off to a 21-3 lead, but Indy outscored them 24-3 to win 27-24. Houston dropped to 2-7.

Week 10: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Ten: Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 10 0 7 24
Cardinals 7 7 6 7 27

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: TBD (retractable roof stadium)
  • Game attendance: 60,845
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Arizona dominated the second half in a 27-24 win. Houston dropped to 2-8

Week 11: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Eleven: Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 14 0 14 0 28
Texans 0 17 0 6 23

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,726
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 12: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Twelve: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 3 0 3 13
Texans 0 3 3 0 6

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,659
  • Referee: Mike Carey
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 13: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Thirteen: New England Patriots at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 0 14 13 34
Texans 10 7 7 7 31

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 64 °F (18 °C), mostly cloudy (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 71,769
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Fourteen: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 7 10 3 20
Jaguars 7 10 7 3 27

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information

Week 15: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Fifteen: Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 3 0 0 0 3
Colts 7 13 5 0 25

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: December 15
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 65,470
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Sixteen: Denver Broncos at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 13 0 21 37
Texans 3 3 7 0 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: December 22
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C), partly cloudy (retractable roof open)
  • Game attendance: 71,761
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • Recap, Game book
Game information

Week 17: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Seventeen: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 0 0 3 10
Titans 0 6 7 3 16

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

Game information

With the loss to Tennessee, Houston lost 14 straight games to close out a disappointing season.

The Texans 14 game losing streak has matched the 1980 Saints and the 1976 Buccaneers.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Indianapolis Colts 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 391 336 W3
Tennessee Titans 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 362 381 W2
Jacksonville Jaguars 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 247 449 L3
Houston Texans 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 276 428 L14

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 207 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 106 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 430 305 125 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 391 336 55 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 125 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 48 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 379 370 9 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 320 352 -32 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 -97 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 -18 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 362 381 -19 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 -49 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 -131 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 247 449 -202 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 308 406 -98 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 276 428 -152 L14
Tiebreakers[i]
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References[edit]

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