Houston Texans looking to add exciting, familiar names to staff

The Texans staff is taking shape. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

According to multiple reports, the Houston Texans are hiring 49ers passing game coordinator Bobby Slowik to be the team's offensive coordinator.

Texans HC DeMeco Ryans is very familiar with Slowik, as they have worked together for six seasons in San Francisco. The Texans interviewed former Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury for the OC position on Friday, but ultimately decided to go with Slowik. Former Texans OC Pep Hamilton has been let go.

A player many Aggie fans will be familiar with, Jerrod Johnson, has been selected to be the team's next quarterbacks coach, per sources.

The 34-year-old Houston native was the Minnesota Vikings assistant quarterbacks coach last season.

The Texans are also reportedly trying to hire Klint Kubiak to be the team's run game coordinator, though it is not a done deal, per John McClain.

Kubiak was the Broncos passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season. Before that, he was the Vikings quarterbacks coach in 2019 and 2020. He was then promoted to Vikings OC in 2021.

On defense, the team announced former Cardinals D-line coach Matt Burke will be the new DC, and Frank Ross will stay on the staff and continue coaching special teams.

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The Houston Astros haven't counted on their catchers to deliver much offensive production in recent years, with defensive specialist Martin Maldonado being their primary catcher for the last few seasons. But top hitting prospect Yainer Diaz is making a case to get more playing time behind the plate and at first, based on his ability to swing the bat.

Until recently, he hasn't been able to get any meaningful playing time. Even David Hensley, who was optioned to Sugar Land a few weeks ago, has more plate appearances than Diaz this season.

So how does manager Dusty Baker find more opportunities for Diaz? Should he use him more often as a DH, along with getting time at first base and catcher?

And what does that mean for Jose Abreu, Martin Maldonado, and to a lesser extent, former first round pick and Sugar Land Space Cowboy catcher, Korey Lee?

Plus, considering how good the Astros outfielders have been this year, does the team need to grab another bat before the trade deadline?

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