CBS Houston – For the first time this offseason, the Texans put on the pads. And with the pads, they focused on running the ball. The team started out doing a lot of goal line work and the defense was able to best the offense, stuffing a lot of snaps from the one-yard-line.
“The defense did a good job, that’s kind of the way it is most times, we’ve got all those guys back on defense,” head coach Bill O’Brien said.
The defense sans J.J. Watt, who is still not on the field, was able to move like a well-oiled machine.
Second-year linebacker Benardrick McKinney made one of the bigger hits during the team’s goal-line drills, stopping Lamar Miller right before the end zone.
“It felt good to be back, (It’s been) a long time without pads on,” Benardrick McKinney said. “Every day I was walking through the house just imagining making those plays.”
While it was disappointing to see the defense control the offense during goal-line drills, it was not something that is a big deal to the head coach.
“We just threw 6,000 passes since OTAs started, so now we ran the ball most of the time, you run the ball in pads,” O’Brien said, “We’re behind in the running game on both sides and we’ll just continue to get better at that.”
The rivalry between the offense and defense is something that has been building since the first day of OTA’s. Chalk one up to the defense on Tuesday.
The offense is still trying to find it’s way, with new players at nearly every important position on the team. The defense feels like it has been together for years.
“We’re doing well,” linebacker John Simon said. “We got a lot to work, but I think we got a lot of guys back so that’s helping our chemistry and our feel one another, we kinda have a feel coming from last year and we are picking up where we left off.”
Pads day one, goal line drives day one, both go to the defense, but no doubt the offense will be looking to best their teammates the next time they get suited up.
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