HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Credit Bill O’Brien’s gameplan. Sing praises of Arian Foster for his 28 carry, 138 yard performance. And most importantly, give a hearty pat on the back to the Texans’ offensive line.
“It’s a lineman’s dream to be able to do that,” said tackle Duane Brown. “Especially on the road, in that kind of environment. Just to be able to fire out the rock, get the defense on their heels, get them tired, that’s an amazing feeling.”
“Coach O’Brien challenged us last week,” said center Chris Myers. “And that’s the way it should be every week. We should want to be able to put the game on our shoulders as an offensive line and carry the whole team. And we were able to do that yesterday.”
Continuity was one thing this unit has been trying to regain since the departures of guard Mike Brisiel and tackle Eric Winston after the 2011 season. After just two games, the Texans’ front five feels they’re on their way towards being back at that level.
“I think this line has the potential to be the best one that I’ve been a part of,” said Brown. “We know it’s not going to get any easier…It’s just something we’re going to have to continue to improve on, but I think we have a lot of potential.”
That potential was evident on that 9 minute plus drive that killed any hope for a Raiders come back – and visibly frustrated Oakland’s front seven.
“They were pretty upset about it,” said Brown. “It’s demoralizing when you’re able to run the ball that effectively…You watch the film, and after a while they just expected the run. But we were still able to get positive yards – 4-5 yards a pop. It just tells you exactly how good we can be.”
“You’ve got to be able to have drives like that to win football games,” said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. “And that was great. They went and scored a touchdown, and then we knew we needed to respond with a drive that chewed up some clock. And we put it on those guys up front.”
While the Raiders were getting angry, guard Brandon Brooks said the Texans O-Line felt fresh.
“It also goes back to the conditioning level that our coaches expected of us,” said Brooks. “Coming into training camp with the conditioning test and being out there at 12:45. I think that reflects well on the coaches decisions to try and put us in the hardest parts of the day – or the hardest parts in camp – to prepare us for things like this.”
News and Notes:
- The Texans are 2-0 for the fifth straight year. Chris Myers – who has been with the Texans all 5 of those seasons – expected the Texans to be here: “Every team should expect to be 2-0. I think confidence helps out big time, especially in the beginning of a season. Everyone has high expectations no matter what team you’re on.
- Myers also explained what he feels the team has to do to keep it going forward: “It’s been five years in a row, but there’s been some up and down seasons there. So to be able to go week in and week out is the biggest thing. It’s so cliche, but every week is the most important game.”
- Through two games, Ryan Fitzpatrick has yet to be sacked. But he realizes that this is something that won’t last all year – no matter how well the offensive line is playing: “Those things are going to happen. I’m going to get hit, I’m going to get sacked during the year. We’re going to have to overcome adversity, all that stuff. It’s been nice the last few games the way that they’ve gone…hopefully that keeps up.”
- D.J. Swearinger, who said he hyper-extended his elbow after Sunday’s game, did not appear in the locker room today. Head coach Bill O’Brien called the safety day to day, and said that cornerback Johnathan Joseph is fine.
- O’Brien was extremely complimentary of tackle Derek Newton today: “He has worked extremely hard since I’ve been here. He had a very good offseason. He became stronger. He came back in better position. He’s athletic…He’s played very well in the first two games and hopefully he can continue to do that.”
- O’Brien also said Arian Foster and the offensive line received game balls.
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