Filed under: NBA
By JERRY COON
Now that the 82-game regular season is in the books, the real battles begin.
Unfortunately, I can’t write about how the Rockets are going all the way this time. I will say, however, that I enjoyed watching a scrappy team fight every night. I haven’t watched a Rockets team give it their all like that since 1995. So 42-40 and missing the playoffs isn’t so bad considering your best player was out for the season and your second best player caused more problems than Santonio Holmes.
The Rockets came to play every night. Luis Scola transformed himself into a premiere power forward, averaging 16 points and almost nine rebounds a game. Aaron Brooks proved to be a legitimate starting point guard in this league, pouring in 20 a night. With the addition of Kevin Martin in the McGrady trade, the Rockets sealed their backcourt for years to come. The trade was something we were impressed with at the time, but will be overly grateful for in the future. This season wasn’t about the Rockets of the present, it was setting up the team for the future. With the Astros becoming the butt of every joke right now, you do have something to look forward to, Houston.
Now here is how I see everything panning out:
EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
1. Cleveland Cavaliers (61-21) vs. 8. Chicago Bulls (41-41): Do I see the Bulls recreating the magic they did in last year’s first round against the Celtics? Absolutely not. Lebron James isn’t playing around anymore. The soon-to-be MVP averaged 29.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 8.6 apg. That’s Oscar-esque. You really think Chicago, a team that weaseled its way in on the last day of the season, has a chance to beat the Cavs? Me neither. Cavs in 5
2. Orlando Magic (59-23) vs. 7. Charlotte Bobcats (44-38): I never thought I would see the day where Charlotte was a playoff team. Remember back when ‘Zo, Larry Johnson and Muggsy lead them to the promise land? Now, we see Gerald Wallace, Ste….who am I kidding. Orlando might sweep. I will give the Bobcats one game to be fair. Magic in 5
3. Atlanta Hawks (53-29) vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks (46-36): The Bucks were one of my favorite teams to pay attention to this season (I would say watch, but there aren’t networks clamoring to broadcast Bucks’ games). Sadly, Bogut, who is their best player, is out for the season. I love the Jennings, Salmons backcourt, but the Hawks are too good for young Milwaukee to handle. Hawks in 6
4. Boston Celtics (50-32) vs. 5. Miami Heat (47-35): I would love nothing more than to see Wade take out the Senile-tics. Garnett can’t move. Rasheed Wallace is awful. This could be the Bulls/Celtics matchup from last season. I’m not able to tell if this is extreme bias or what I really feel. Either way… Heat in 7
WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND
1. Los Angeles Lakers (57-25) vs. 8. Oklahoma City Thunder (50-32): I already liked Kevin Durant previous to him going off on the criticism for referees giving him “special treatment.” His response to Phil Jackson’s remarks is textbook. Gave officials credit, felt disrespected, made himself lovable. And as much as everyone would like to see the Lakers thrown out early, it isn’t going to happen. Because as much talent as Durant has (he is the scoring champion this season by the way), I hear the Lakers have this guy that’s pretty good as well. Kobe in 6
2. Dallas Mavericks (55-27) vs. 7. San Antonio Spurs (50-32): In a battle between the two teams I absolutely loathe, I would rather a bomb just be dropped on whichever arena they are playing in. I can’t even make myself care enough to write anything other than that. Mavs in 7
3. Phoenix Suns (54-28) vs. 6. Portland Trail Blazers (50-32): This one is pretty interesting. Portland owns the season series 2-1 and every game was pretty close. The Blazers will really give the Suns a run for their money, but I think I like Nash at the end of the day. I think. Suns in 7
4. Denver Nuggets (53-29) vs. 5. Utah Jazz (53-29): Denver has a main distraction with Head Coach George Karl out due to his battle with cancer. Still, the Nuggets have the talent to get them out of the first round. Denver in 6
1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 5. Miami Heat: I’m still not picking against Lebron…yet. However, I will enjoy it if we get to see him and Wade battle it out. Cavs in 5
2. Orlando Magic vs. 3. Atlanta Hawks: This is a tough one for me. I like the Hawks. It depresses me that they will go back to nothing once Joe Johnson bolts this summer. Vince, Dwight and crew will be too much to handle. Magic in 6
1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 4. Denver Nuggets: People keep questioning the motivation and urgency of the Lakers. Everyone has watched Kobe play in the playoffs, right? Lakers in 6
2. Dallas Mavericks vs. 3. Phoenix Suns I like when we get to see friends go to war. Dirk vs. Nash will create a nice storyline around this matchup. At the end of the day, the Mavs have too many weapons on that team. Dallas in 6
1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 2. Orlando Magic: In a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, Lebron will seek revenge on the team that cut his championship hopes short. We all know what we want to see though, right? Cleveland in 7
1. Los Angeles Lakers vs. 2. Dallas Mavericks: Out of any NBA-related questions, emails, etc., the most repetitive thing I have been asked is, “do you think the Mavs could beat the Lakers in a seven-game series?” Do you want to long answer or the short answer? Well, I’m giving you the short answer. No. Lakers in 6
1. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Los Angeles Lakers
This is what we have all been waiting to see. Kobe vs. Lebron. Shaq vs. Kobe. There’s too many subplots for the NBA Gods to not let this happen. It has to happen. Basketball depends on it.
Here is the deal. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, rivalries were what made the NBA succeed greatly. You don’t see anything like Magic vs. Bird or Jordan vs. anyone anymore. If these two teams meet in the Finals and you have the best two players battling each other for a ring, EVERYONE WILL BE WATCHING. This could single-handedly bring basketball back to what it once was. Especially with the upcoming offseason of free agents galore, there is no telling what will happen from this point on. In order to keep momentum going after many stars will change teams this summer, the NBA needs this matchup to happen.
As far as the series itself, the Cavs definitely have the size to contend against the Lakers. This could be one of the best finales to a sport season we have seen in a while. I will hope this happens, and I hope I have talked the rest of you into this as well. I also can’t wait to see the look on Lebron’s face when he loses the championship, again.
Lakers in 7
Filed under: NFL
By Jerry Coon
With the release of LaDanian Tomlinson yesterday and Brian Westbrook today, it got me thinking for a while.
Remember the NFL in the eighties and nineties? Every team had one great running back (the good teams at least), and that is what they went to war with.
Detroit had Barry Sanders and Dallas had Emmitt Smith. Of course the list goes on, but the point is there was only one running back. That was all you needed.
But think about how long some of these “ace” running backs played in the NFL. Bo Jackson was going to be a phenom until a hip injury outed him after three seasons. Earl Campbell’s career was legendary, but he only played for seven seasons.
Running backs come and go, but the beating and toll it takes on them physically and mentally diminishes their potential.
We are used to seeing other positions play forever. Favre has played quarterback since 1992, starting an NFL-record 285 consecutive games. Peyton sits right behind him with 192 games.
Wide receivers like Jerry Rice (who was in the NFL from 1985-2004) play until they are into their 40’s.
And now you look at today’s style of running game in the NFL. Even though teams say they have an “ace” to hand-off to, it’s mainly a committee keeping the running game fresh.
That’s what we have resorted to. Critics haven’t bought into the thought of running backs-by committee in previous years, ruling teams out that do so. Now? They should be praised.
Sure, the Vikings’ have a great running back in Adrian Petersen, but he has Chester Taylor to fall back on. The Cowboys roll three deep with Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Miami developed an entire offense revolving around the Wildcat Formation with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
Now, teams are following the lead. The Colts drafted Donald Brown to help Joseph Addai with carries, same with Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. The Saints couldn’t rely solely on Reggie Bush, so Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell got their share of carries (worked pretty well for the Super Bowl champions didn’t it?).
Basically, every team needs to follow this blueprint. Even though Tomlinson’s age is multiplied because of the 2,880 carries he has over the last nine seasons, he can still be an asset.
If you were a team like the Falcons, who need safety net for Michael Turner, adding someone like LT to Turner and Norwood would boost that running game dramatically.
The Texans, who are still trying to find ONE running back, could use Tomlinson and Slaton to improve the offense. Brian Westbrook, barring another concussion that might kill him, could do wonders with the screen plays Kubiak runs for his tailbacks.
If Jacksonville had another back to relieve pressure off of Maurice Jones-Drew, the production could increase even more (although their passing game would still be shaky).
The committee is the way to go. So instead of frowing upon the situation of not having a star to hand the ball off to, fans should be hoping they can get the opportunity to have this ideal setting.
And yes, in summary, I just told the National Football League to follow to lead of Jerry Jones. I’m going to go throw up now.
Filed under: NBA
By Jerry Coon
I guess I shouldn’t be so bitter.
The Rockets finally escaped the tenure, er…plague of Tracy McGrady. Now they can move forward with their plans, ridding themselves of Knee-Mac forever.
With the celebration of the trade, let’s reflect on what McGrady did for the Rockets before I completely bash him as an individual.
Let’s start with our fantastic playoff record during McGrady’s time in Houston.
2005: Lost 4-3 to Dallas in first round.
2006: Failed to reach playoffs.
2007: Lost to Utah 4-3 in first round.
2008: Lost to Utah 4-2 in first round.
2009: Best postseason since 1997, escaping Portland in the first round and taking the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers to seven games before falling. HOWEVER, TRACY MCGRADY DID NOT PLAY A SINGLE GAME.
I understand McGrady was playing great in those playoff appearances (averaging around 28 points per game), but the fact is this: he wasn’t winning.
To extend my problems with him, he never played a full season in a Rockets’ uniform. Not counting this season because of conflict (even though you could make a case that he would have played if he had come into the season healthy), McGrady played in 297 regular season games over his five-year span in Houston. That’s out of a possible 410 games.
Also, McGrady’s numbers have dropped every season since being traded to the Rockets from Orlando. Starting in the 2004-05 season, McGrady averaged 25.7 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, shooting 43% from the field and 77% from the line. Since then, his scoring, rebounding and shooting efficiency has dropped, hitting a low last season with 15.6 ppg and shooting 38 percent from the field.
Instead of changing the back of his jersey to read “Handle With Care”, the Rockets traded McGrady to the Knicks after sitting him out the entire season because of ego problems.
Then, what happened? McGrady scored 26 points in his Madison Square Garden debut and blasted Rockets’ management afterwards.
McGrady said he was disappointed this season by a lack of communication from Rockets management.
“I didn’t know. I really didn’t know,” McGrady said. “And that’s just the unfortunate situation, that I just like for management to be upfront and honest with me. That’s all I ask, honesty. And if we can’t sit and have a conversation eye to eye and be honest with me, then all the respect and trust goes out the window.”
So now we can add something else to McGrady’s resume: hypocrite.
Let me remind everyone of last season. The Rockets had a trade in place to send McGrady in a straight-swap for his cousin Vince Carter. McGrady doesn’t want his family to have to move midseason, so he goes on-air to say he has to have season-ending surgery to repair his knee.
McGrady didn’t tell Daryl Morey. McGrady didn’t tell Rick Adelman. McGrady didn’t tell anyone involved with the organization he was under contract with. Instead, McGrady told ESPN.
Every trade talk with Houston soon ceased to exist. McGrady stayed on our roster, injured of course, and watched as Yao lead the Rockets out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
McGrady then, in an interview, picked the Lakers to defeat the Rockets in the second round of the playoffs. Yes, that’s right, McGrady picked against his own team.
My point is this…how are you going to criticize your former team for not being open and talking to you, when you single-handedly ruined them?
You sabotaged a trade. You made everyone wait for you to get healthy. The Rockets’ organization did everything to try to please this diva.
No matter how the rest of this season plays out, the positive way to look at this situation is to be thankful the cancer known as Tracy McGrady will never get to put on a Rockets’ uniform again.
Instead, he gets to play for the Knicks, whom the Rockets have taken advantage of now twice, once in the ’94-’95 finals and now in this trade before the deadline.
To end, McGrady said he isn’t about money and is “going to embrace his opportunity in New York,” further stating that he looks forward to the chance to play with Lebron or Wade.
But McGrady is forgetting one thing: what makes him think they would want to play with a broken down, wrong-side-of-thirty, narcissistic, can’t win when it matters, brittle legged, never got the chance to become what he should have due to injury, can’t play through a paper cut, waste of talent like Tracy Lamar McGrady?
The next time the Darfur initiative asks McGrady for a donation, I am sure he will get out of helping them by blaming it on a bad knee.
Filed under: NFL
By Jerry Coon
Four days ago, the biggest tragedy since Hurricane Katrina occurred in New Orleans.
We watched as Brett Favre’s last chance (possibly) at getting to the big game slipped away. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Vikings’ fan, never will be.
However, Favre is one of my favorite athletes to ever play. He might even be number one on my list.
So to watch AP, Harvin and Berrian cough more balls up than Jenna Jameson was hard for me.
Here is the deal, people: The best team in the NFC is NOT getting to play in the Super Bowl. All of the Saints fans can convince themselves of whatever they want, but the truth is, the Vikings should have won that game.
And I am not even counting Favre’s braindead throw at the end of regulation. Let’s say he tucked the ball and ran. He gets maybe three or four yards, setting up a 55-56-yard field goal. Can Ryan Longwell make that? Highly doubtful.
You have to look at everything that happened before that play.
1. Adrian “Puberty” Peterson. Why that nickname? Because his balls are always dropping. In the last three seasons, AP has dropped the ball 20 times, leading the NFL. And I am supposed to believe this is the best running back in the NFL? If Steve Slaton is hanging onto the ball more, there is a problem.
Side beef: Would you even put him in your ‘Top 5′ after watching that game? When is the last time Chris Johnson, MJD, Steven Jackson or even Thomas Jones fumbled a ball? Those four also rank above AP in yardage, so let’s stop acting like this guy is the next great. He is just another premium running back. Nothing extreme.
Anyway, Peterson’s three lost fumbles in the game didn’t help the cause. Speaking of the fumbles…
2. The F*!#ING FUMBLES!
Let’s recap. 1:13 left before halftime, Reggie Bush makes a Reggie Bush-like play by fumbling the punt, giving the Vikings the ball at the Saints’ 10-yard line. THE 10-YARD LINE! Favre attempts to hand the ball to AP, and guess what happens? Fumble. That’s at least three points off the board. Go into the half tied 14-14.
Skip ahead to the beginning of the fourth quarter, everything tied up at 21. Apparently, Peterson is contagious, because now Percy Harvin coughs up the ball on the Vikings’ 34. Saints score, putting it at 28-21.
12:39 left in the game, Vikings drive down to the Saints’ 18-yard line. The fumble-itis is spreading. Berrian now gives the ball up after a reception at the 10-yard line. At the very least, that could have been another three points.
Vikings then hold, get the ball back and score, tying the game at 28.
Now here is where the problem lies. Let’s say you take away the three lost fumbles. That would take away seven of the Saints’ points. That would also give the Vikings at least six extra points. Vikings then win the game by 13.
If you take away even ONE of the fumbles, Vikings still could have been up instead of playing from behind.
Basically, I can what-if all day. But let’s get one thing straight: Adrian Peterson and whatever illness he had that he spread to his teammates blew a perfect chance at going to Miami.
Could the Vikings have been the Colts in the Super Bowl? Yes.
Can the Saints beat the Colts in the Super Bowl? Absolutely not.
Don’t get me wrong here, I am not a Saints hater. I don’t have a feeling towards that team at all (besides the fact that some of their fans are delusional enough to think they got the better player in the draft with Reggie Bush. Please. Mario Williams was the best of those top three. Period). I am just simply stating that we could have seen a better match-up.
We could have seen the guy that holds all the records vs. the guy that will eventually break all of his records.
But more importantly, we could have seen Favre (after statistically playing his greatest regular season ever) possibly win another Super Bowl, and ride out into retirement without a bitter taste in his mouth.
Filed under: NFL
By Jerry Coon
Now I know there were many pro-Kubiak fans out there that didn’t understand my pleas for his resignation. The few of you that thought to yourself, “I like Gary, but he is about one halfback-pass play call away from me jumping off the bandwagon.”
Well I welcome you to my bandwagon now. It’s pretty crowded. We can still fit a few more. Bob McNair said he is going to head over soon.
Going back to the game itself, obviously I am not blaming Kubiak for the Schaub injury in the first half. But someone explain to me why, when down 11 on first and ten from the five-yard line, would you call for a halfback pass?
For those of you that played in traffic after this play call like I did, I have the answers. It seems to be a play-by-play game plan from Kubiak himself during the Jacksonville debacle. Here it is:
First drive: Okay, we are down three. No big deal. I feel like Matt is going to have a great day today. We are definitely scoring a touchdown here. Nothing can stop us.
First play: Matt just went down. I might start hyperventilating. Okay he is holding his shoulder. He isn’t getting up. I wonder, if I sneak out of the stadium, would anyone notice?
Rest of first quarter: Rex is terrible. Maybe I should try Dan at quarterback. I can’t believe I am going to lose my job.
Beginning of second quarter: Okay they just scored again. It’s only 10-0. Wait… okay now they scored again. Still, 17 points is still manageable. I just watched Peyton Manning do this last week.
Later in Second Quarter: MATT IS BACK! We just scored! We can do this! Okay, if Matt pulls this off, I will be the savior of Houston sports!
Third quarter: 20-7. We can still do this. I know we can. OH! Safety! 20-9! Here we go. I can’t watch. I am going to cover my face with this weird sheet I am holding that has something called “plays” on it.
Later in third quarter: Kris Brown made a 32-yard field goal! HA! And everyone wanted me to release him two weeks ago. In your face!
Fourth quarter: I need to regroup. We are down 11. I have about 12 minutes to make a miracle happen. This will save the season. Houston will erect a statue of me. This will be legendary.
8:33 left in game, 1st and goal from the five-yard line: I know it is risky, but I think a trick play is in order. We have been running the halfback pass all week. Chris can make that throw. Everyone keeps arguing with me and Kyle, telling us we are stupid. Yeah, right. How could this possibly go wrong?
8:28 left in game: WHAT WAS I THINKING? Matt won’t talk to me. He just told me I couldn’t coach my way through a buffet line. Everyone is staring at me. Kyle is crying and on the phone with his dad. I wonder what I should do once they fire me? Maybe A&M could use an offensive coordinator. I just heard Andre whisper something about ‘this team will win it all when we get a new coach.’ That hurts ‘Dre. That hurts.
And of course the Texans scored once again on pass from Schaub to Johnson. Down five with four minutes left, however, they forgot how to tackle and lost the game.
I don’t even have to say anything at this point. I have entered the “acceptance” stage of depression. I accept that the Texans are 5-7. I accept that Chris Brown cost us the game both times we played Jacksonville. I accept that three different players threw an interception on Sunday. I accept that the Texans, picked to make the playoffs by most analysts, finished with a division record of 1-5.
But what I refuse to accept, is any thought or belief that the being known as Gary Kubiak has anything productive to bring to this franchise. Good riddance, Gary. I am officially sticking a fork in you. Repetitively.
Filed under: NFL
By Jerry Coon
I won’t sit here and harp on the fact that the Texans just gave away their first legitimate shot at the playoffs in the matter of six days.
I won’t try to analyze how the Texans had a 17-0 lead on the Colts and blew it with a complete meltdown.
All I know is I am sick of saying, “there’s always next year,” or “if we could have done this differently, we could be this record.”
Sure, if the Texans handled business dating back to the Monday night game against the Titans, we could be looking at a 7-4 team sitting pretty in the wild card spot.
Instead, we see a 5-6 underachieving, poorly coached catastrophe that needs to close games.
There are four games that came down to the final two minutes, and the Texans choked.
The window for the playoffs is drastically fading, and the only chance to make it in would be to finish with a five-game winning streak.
Now I know anything is possible, but do you trust this team to get that accomplished?
So that brings up the blame game. Who do we point our finger at now?
True, a once-clutch field goal kicker has gone off the deep end, but in some of those situations, the game should have been closed without having to rely on his leg.
You could blame a second-year running back in Steve Slaton who couldn’t hold onto the ball, and now has his confidence completely shot because his coach buried him on the bench for too long (until the Colts game Sunday, Slaton had barely been seen in three weeks).
Or you could go to the main source of the problem.
What would the Texans have to do at this point for Kubiak to be safe?
I would say only that aforementioned five-game winning streak followed by a playoff appearance saves him at this point.
If the Texans pull out another mediocre 8-8 or 9-7 season, do we really want to have this guy at the helm next season? He can’t even watch his field goal kicker try for a 32-yarder.
On a related note, Bill Cowher is rumored to have said he would coach either the Bears or Texans if he was to come back.
If this is a possibility, do we jump on it?
Let me put it this way: Bob McNair needs to grab his checkbook, pull out a blank check, and hand it to Cowher.
Tell him to write any amount he wants on it, and come coach for the Texans.
I understand Kubiak is home-grown and went to Texas A&M and is one of the “good guys,” but at some point you have to do what’s best for the team.
Keeping Kubiak (at coach) is like going out to the bar and meeting up with a girl you have known all your life. She isn’t the greatest catch, her looks and personality are average and she is crazy in the head, BUT you have known her since childhood and are comfortable being around her. She tells you that she wants to start a long-term relationship, and you contemplate settling.
Then, Megan Fox walks into the bar. She comes up to you and tells you she thinks you are attractive and wants you to come hang out with her at a more upscale bar and possibly an after party at her hotel room.
What are you going to do in that situation?
I’ll see you at the afterparty.
Filed under: NFL
By Jerry Coon
It took me a very long time to put my anger aside and write this column. After the Texans’ loss to the Titans Monday night, I went into a deep depression.
Going into the game, everything looked good on the football front for the city of Houston. The Texans were 5-4, on the brink of being 6-4 and almost assured a spot at the playoffs.
Then, a tragedy occurred.
A defensive coordinator forgot how to blitz. A head coach forgot how to manage time. A kicker forgot how to do the only thing he is put on the field to do.
Let’s start with the defense. How exactly are you allowing a NFL team to run the option? With the opposing quarterback having only his legs as a weapon, why wouldn’t the Texans force him to throw? Why not stack the line with linebackers and shut down any rushing attempts from Vince Young or Chris Johnson (I understand there is no shutting down Chris Johnson, he is the best running back in football at this point. However, wouldn’t you change something up knowing he rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting?).
Then, Gary Kubiak had 49 seconds to try to tie the game. Not to mention two time-outs to spare. The Texans drove the ball 31 yards in five plays, and then Kubiak waited so he could allow all responsibility to rest on his kickers’ shoulders. Which is irresponsible.
If you have one of the top five best quarterbacks in the NFL, you give him a shot to win the game for you. Period. But Kubiak won’t let that happen because he is more conservative than Rush Limbaugh. With the way the Texans were driving, you don’t think they might have been able to pick up 10 more yards on that drive if the clock was managed a little better?
Nonetheless, enter Kris Brown. Two weeks after the 42-yard miss in Indianapolis, and two quarters after missing a 49-yarder, there is no way he misses a 49-yard field goal to send the game to overtime…right?
As I awaited for Brown to kick, I kept having the same paranoid thoughts cross my mind. “Why is Gary Kubiak obsessed with people named Kris/Chris Brown? Why didn’t he use Steve Slaton all game? Did Ryan Moats get kidnapped? And why do I feel like we are about to lose to the 3-6 Tennessee Titans?”
And then, it happened. Brown misses, Texans lose, Vince Young runs around celebrating like a toddler eating ice cream and I feel like drinking bleach.
And so what now? The Texans are 5-5 on the outside looking in with six games remaining. In order to get to my predicted 10-6 record, the Texans will now have to go 5-1 to finish the season. With road games at Jacksonville and Miami, and home games against undefeated Indianapolis and 7-3 New England, what are the odds the Texans pull off a miracle?
You go as far as your coach can lead you at this point, and Kubiak’s ceiling as a coach is .500 football. I am sick and tired of being paranoid at all times during a football game. Houston deserves better than this. We deserve a coach that can instill discipline and integrity in players. Someone that makes the opposing team scared to come to Houston to play the Texans. Someone that knows how to manage a game and use time-outs correctly.
Unfortunately, Houston, that man isn’t named Gary Kubiak. So if the Texans pull off the almost impossible and sneak into the playoffs, then I am obviously a fool. But if they do exactly what we know they are going to do, which is watch the playoffs from home instead of participating in them, then we have to make a change.
So my plea is to owner Bob McNair and general manager Rick Smith: It’s time to start setting up your interviews, because the Texans are in need of a new head coach.