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Eight new head coaches will be on center stage during the 2012 National Football League season and it will be interesting to see how many of them will actually turn their teams around immediately.

Four of the eight newcomers have been NFL head coaches previously, counting Joe Vitt on an interim basis in St. Louis in place of Mike Martz in 2005. But four others are unproven commodities about to set said on their voyage as head coaches in the pro ranks.

Here’s a look at the eight coaches ready to take center stage. They are listed as follows:

Dennis Allen-Oakland Raiders: The 39-year old Allen spent one season as a defensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos. He is the youngest head coach in the NFL; however, he is a branch on the coaching trees of Dan Reeves, Wade Phillips, Gregg Williams and John Fox, all defensive-minded coaches who preached an aggressive style. He will try to bring that to the Raiders and improve a unit that ranked 29th in both yards and points allowed last season.

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*For the fourth time in their 10 seasons, the Texans have won the Pete Rozelle Award for having the NFL’s most outstanding media relations department. The Rozelle Award is presented annually by the Pro Football Writers of America. The Texans were voted the best for the 2011 season. They’ve won the Rozelle Award more than any team in the league.

Members of the award-winning staff are senior director of communications Kevin Cooper, communications manager Evan Koch, corporate communications manager, Zac Emmons, communications coordinator Charles Hampton, and inter Brett Naikowski.

*The Pittsburgh Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin agreed on a contract-extension that will keep him on the sideline through at least 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tomlin is 55-25 with the Steelers, winning three AFC North titles, two AFC championships and the 2009 Super Bowl.

*Jacksonville Jaguars draft pick WR Justin Blackmon avoided jail time, leading guilty to drunken driving. Blackmon was fined $500 and ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.

*Former Raiders and Oilers quarterback Ken Stabler is the lastest big name from the NFL’s past to sue the league over head injuries. Stabler is the first plaintiff among 73 listed in a federal lawsuit filed in Philadelphia.

Like the other lawsuits, the complaint accuses the NFL of failing to act on a large body of medical evidence showing that repeated hits to the head can cause health problems in the long term.

*Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had decided to dedicate the 2012 NFL season to Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid who was found dead last week.

*The Houston Texans will take on the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Reliant Stadium.

*The Green Bay Packers have signed former University of Texas and Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson to their team.

*The Houston Texans captured their first win of the 2012 preseason with a 26-13 victory over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina. Former LSU KR Trindon Holiday returned a kick 90-yards for a touchdown. The defense had eight sacks, including seven by the linebackers.

*NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson was arrested on a domestic violence charge over the weekend, after being accused of head-butting his newlywed wife during an argument in front of their home in Davie, Florida. Police stated that Johnson and his wife were at dinner when she confronted him about a receipt she found for a box of condoms. Because of his actions Johnson was released by the Miami Dolphins, making him jobless and a network canceled his reality t.v. show that he was scheduled with his wife.

*The Houston Texans have announced their 2012 Home game themes, which will start with the two home preseason games. On Saturday, August 18th the theme will be “State of Football” when they face Frank Gore, Randy Moss, Vernon Davis and the San Francisco 49ers.

On Thursday, August 30th the theme will be “Texans Care” presented by Fox Sports Southwest when the Texans take on Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.


*The 2012 Houston Texans Training Camp has begun and fans throughout the city of Houston are very excited about the team’s chances to make a run for the Super Bowl this season. The Texans opened training camp on Saturday, July 28th in front of a lot of fans who were just overwhelmed by the players taking time to pose for photos and sign autographs after their first practice.


*Injuries took a small toll during the first few days of camp with the biggest scare coming from veteran Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson suffered a mild groin strain that will keep him out of practice for at least a week.

v31_ScoreboardW-LezineIt seemed like just a year ago when the National Football League was trying to renegotiate a deal that would best benefit both the players and the owners; however a year later the 2012 offseason has been busier than ever, but not in a positive way!

Bounties, bans, replacement referees, unhappy players still dealing with contract issues, player suicides, rules changes, and litigation galore. The NFL has made headlines without even trying too!

The 2011 NFL lockout is in the past, because this year it has been nonstop mayhem away from the playing field.

Even now , as training camps have opened, yes the world is ready for some football, but it’s not a day that goes by that you don’t hear the names of Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, as well as suspended New Orleans Saints player Jonathan Vilma and his defamation lawsuit against the commissioner. The return of Peyton Manning in Denver or the relocation of Tim Tebow to the Big Apple with the New York Jets, hasn’t been enough to take people’s minds off of all the negativeness that has been going on.


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