professional football team, which will begin play in the National
Football League (NFL) during the 2002 season. The Houston, Texas,
franchise will be a member of South Division of the American Football
Conference (AFC) and play its home games in Houston’s new Reliant
The NFL accepted Houston’s proposal for a team after a competing bid
from Los Angeles, California, fell apart in 1999. The Texans fill the
void left by the Houston Oilers, who moved to Tennessee in 1997. The
Texans are owned by businessman Robert McNair, and the general manager
is Charley Casserly. The franchise selected its team name in September
2000. In early 2001 Houston hired Dom Capers, former defensive
coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as its first head coach.
Capers was also the first head coach of the Carolina Panthers, who
joined the NFL in 1995.
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