RTC: Patriots Pro Bowlers on Bill O'Brien

Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...

Marc Vandermeer from HoustonTexans.com asked Patriots players Logan Mankins and Mathew Slater for their thoughts on Texans coach Bill O'Brien while at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

The Pro Bowl was a closer game this season as a two-point conversion gave Jerry Rice's team the win, 22-21, writes Oskar Garcia of the Associated Press. Texans Pro Bowlers J.J. Watt and Duane Brown were on Deion Sanders' team. This year's game was the first that wasn't split by conference, but rather by those selected by Rice and Sanders. Watt was a captain on Sanders' team.

Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com lists the five positions at which the Texans have the biggest needs: quarterback, right tackle, outside linebacker, nose tackle and running back.

Texans running back Ben Tate makes an appearance on a podcast called CANUSA Sports Desk. His interview starts about the 10:45 point in this hour-long file. He talks about how hard it is to win in the NFL. Around the 15-minute mark, Tate says he thought the Texans' 2011 team could have won the Super Bowl if Matt Schaub didn't get hurt. "This year we had more talent, but we weren't all together," Tate said. "We didn't have the same camaraderie."

Here's a lovely fan essay in TheMMQB.com written by actor/writer/Seahawks fan Neal Bledsoe. He explains why Seattle fans, accustomed to being ignored this time of year, are so loud right now. "When we’re arrogant, it’s because our hearts are exploding."