Houston Chronicle's Legendary Football Writer John McClain [AUDIO]

Houston Chronicle's Legendary Football Writer John McClain [AUDIO]

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John McClain is one of the legend of the football writing business and I was honored he spent a few minutes on the phone with me Wednesday evening. On the call he discusses:

    • Circumstances surrounding the Houston Oilers leaving Houston for Nashville and how an NFL franchise ultimately returned
    • Similar Texas demeanors of head coaches Gary Kubiak and Lovie Smith
    • Influence of Wade Phillips on the Texans organization
    • Why Danieal Manning has thrived in a new city, new system
    • Houston's liability in the middle of their run defense
    • Brian Urlacher's Hall of Fame credentials (he's a voter with influence)
    • How a longtime NFL writer ends up with a side career acting in Hollywood pictures

Please make sure to follow John on Twitter by CLICKING HERE and read check out his latest works at Chron.com.

Note II: There WILL be a picks contest bonus tonight. It should go live late afternoon.


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  • First to say Florio is an idiot.


  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    It would suck to see the Bears lose a close one because of a derelict db. But you can't fault Tillman for being a good husband and father.

    I blame the McCasky family for not commandeering a skybox at Soldier Field and converting it into an obstetrics unit. C'mon, Virginia, you've got 3 1/2 days left.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    the good news is that Soldier Field is 7 minutes from Northwestern University Hospital/Prentiss which is the best obstetrics hospital in the state and where the Tillmans will be having the baby.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    15 minutes in traffic

  • In reply to Waffle:

    4 minutes with a police escort.

    Tillman is playing.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Helicopter on standby? Stop the game, land on the hallowed ground, pick him up, job done. Does he need to be there to film the water's breaking?

    Sorry, just never thought delivering a child was a spectator sport. I know c-section of premature twins certainly isn't.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I think if he doesn't play we'll lose. His wife is in Chicago, right? It's a birth, she's not sick - I wonder how this plays out if we lose by a FG. However, maybe an absent Peanut is better than a distracted Peanut.

    Personally, I'd build an ICU inside a hermetically sealed see-through tent on the sideline. At least we'd have Urlacher there as child support.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Florio's attitude is the reason why so many players get in trouble when they retire. That attitude basically teaches them to take nothing seriously except football. Foolish.

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    Absolutely. I heard on Mike & Mike this morning that Peanut texted back: God. Family. Football.

    It's a big game, yeah, but birth of a child is a lot more important. If it was the Superbowl, the game might take precedence. But it's a non-conference game at home. Peanut's got his priorities straight.

  • Jesus H. He puts an imaginary being before his family?? That's literally insane - also hypocritical - he plays on the Sabbath most weeks. According to the old testament - the most controversial work of fiction ever - that's punishable by death. When people pick and chose which parts of the bible they want to observe ...

  • Good for you man

  • In reply to Johnnywad:

    This is another reason why the players would go through a wall for Lovie. He tells them the family is more important. That's why you see guys getting a practice off once in a while with no explanation. Peanut said Lovie had no problem with him missing the game if his wife is in labor.

    Plus I totally agree about Florio.

  • Is it sunday yet?

  • It's getting closer.

  • Hopefully, we'll take McClain's advice and run the ball between the tackles.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Texans nose tackle Shaun Cody supposedly broke a couple ribs and punctured a lung in the Buffalo game last week. Chron says he "...may be looking doubtful for the Bears game..."

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    damn it!

    Darn... for gosh dawg darn...


  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    If he does somehow manage to suit up, we just need Lance or Chilo to fall right on his torso.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Mean's he's got one left - man up Cody!

  • http://www.thehecklerstore.com/peanut-punch-t-shirt/

    I'm putting this on my Christmas list for my wife to get me.

  • you all, my friends, are welcome: http://www.popsugar.com/Victorias-Secret-Fashion-Show-2012-Pictures-25806025

  • Johnny, yes if the road was water and the cars sharks, that might increase your chances... or combine them, we'd have to ask Doc which.

  • Daniel Manning has had this game circled since it came out..

    Bring it motherfucker!

    Sorry, that was rude of me. I really want us to win this and I don't think we will.

  • Yup, don't think we will, KNOW we will!!!

  • Erik,

    Would you put up a .wav file of you yelling "Bring it Motherfucker!" ?

    I'm going to use it on my phone as the sound when my ex-wife texts me.

    Thank you.

  • In reply to gpldan:


    Would you rather have Samuel L. Jackson yelling "Bring it Motherfucker!"?

    I am sure that would sound more like a man for you considering I think you think I sound like this ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRsH4757dUY

  • This was funny to me.. lmao hahaha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMuqPjG29QI

  • Dude got knocked the FUCK OUT

  • I like our chances. I think our D stops the run and our 4th phase scrambles Schaub's brain enough to throw 2-3 picks. If our Offense scores 17, we blow these fekkers out!

  • sometimes dave, instead of crying you just have to laugh: http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c3#/video/bestoftv/2012/11/08/hln-fallon-obama-romney-concession-skit.hln

  • dabearsblog @McClain_on_NFL just coined a phrase for Chicago type football on @WaddleandSilvy: "the mud and the blood and the beer".

    This is turrible.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Sounds like a Boy Named Sue. Gotta love Johnny Cash.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Kind of exactly like.

  • Peanut is in!!! http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8606561/charles-tillman-chicago-bears-says-face-houston-texans

  • RT @taniaganguli: "They've only thrown it to one guy basically. They do a great job of that," Wade Phillips on #Bears offense. #Texans

    RT @taniaganguli: "We double cover him every play. We're going to double cover him every play," Wade Phillips on @bmarshall #Texans

    I think we will see how much we really miss Jeffery if the other WR's do not step up.

  • @ZachZaidman
    Urlacher pointing to wall in media room while talking about Marinelli: "He'd make you run through that wall right there if you talk to him."

  • Jay has to throw them the ball first.

  • Wade is no dummy. He's not a good head coach, but he's a great DC.

    It seems pretty obvious that Marshall should be double covered, but the fact that teams have failed to do so speaks more to the respect that Forte garners. I think in general teams always focus on stopping the run first, which is ironic since this is a "passing league." Maybe teams are still thinking that Forte is 47% of the offense. Or maybe teams WANT Cutler to throw it to Marshall because they figure a few picks will come their way. Well, either way, Cutler and Marshall have made teams pay for underestimating them, and I think a change in defensive philosophy by our opponents will be seen on SNF.

    For the first time in generations, teams will worry about the Bears pass more than run game (gotta give GB credit - they were ahead of the curve). Expect it to be a trend. This is also a good time for Forte to gash them with draw plays.

  • Yea ok so the bears play the texans this sunday nite. The texans with much debate has the best running back in the NFL , I say horse hockey i take Matt Forte over Foster anyday ok foster might be a tad faster but forte is a better overal back coming out of the backfield, catching and blocking and he's a better runner between the tackels . oh yea do not forget the texans defense hey that guy JJ Watts is a beast but i like my defense better as a unit ont to mention the pro bowlers and the bears special teams are well you know KILLERS LOLOLOL . So i am watching NFL am and there is much debate about Tice's play calling. I agree Tice has all these weapons and so far he has not found away of using them so if I may I will tell ya how to do this. First this team the bears are built to run the football plain and simple. by doing what we do best everything else falls right into place. listen guys the offensive line we have thease guys are run blockers thats why we have them there run blockers. but that is no excuse for 6 sacks last week. look at the second half of our games and see what the bears do in the second half compared to the first they started running the football that slowed down that pass rush and opened well you saw cutler and the guys take it from there . so tice must understand this, Martz did, but it was to late and now he is on TV calling games. so Tice must realize we have horse at running back and eveything starts from there. Oh and the defense well they do what they do that voodoo so well
    Go bears

    Frank Deleo
    Bronx NY

  • If they double Marshall, Forte will be covered by a linebacker most likely when he motions out of the backfield. Forte runs a better slant than Devin. Please god let the Texans be that dumb.

    I'm telling you right now it's going to be the Bennett and Forte show. Marshall will get his but when they focus too much on him someone else will step up.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Last time Marshall got doubled, Tice shit the bed and didn't know what else to do. Hopefully, Tice has learned how to run an offense a little better without Marshall since that Packer game.

    Also, I'm not sure we can motion Forte out of the backfield. That pretty much gives a green light to the D to pass rush, and look what happened last week when they tried it. Strip fumble.

    I'd prefer draws and screens, a little safer, but maybe throw in some Forte motion if they get a ridicules matchup.

    But yeah, I agree, if we win this week it will be the Forte-Bennett and even (gulp) Davis show.

    The most important runs may actually be from Cutler. Rodgers KILLED the Texans running for first downs, which negated their pass rush. Cutler's gonna have a few key runs, me thinks.

  • ‏@BradBiggs
    #Bears WR Alshon Jeffery was not wearing large contraption he's had on his right hand in locker room. We'll see if it means practice today.

  • Aren't we gonna face the wrath of Clutts too this Sunday? You know he dished on our audibles and signals. Just a little thing think about.

    Since I'm on underdogs, no one reported this little tid-bit about another under dog.

    WR Joe Anderson signed to the practice squad. Maybe he gets activated to give us another WR. He was the shorter one though 6'1 200.


    If you're twiddling your thumbs, or if you're Emery, here's a list of all 32 team's practice squaders


  • More for the Joe Anderson fan club.


  • You know Jay took KD aside and told him to man the fuck up. This has to be his coming out party with the attention they will show Marshall.

  • In reply to Waffle:



  • No Jeffrey

  • Hey Canada and MB, here's Nick "The Feelin" doing some Barry White on the Voice. MB, didn't you say he sounds like Barry? Here it is:


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