Houston (CBS Houston) – As the Texans 2013-2014 season circled the drain, Texans players and coaches couldn’t put their finger on why the team went from winning 12 games the year before to losing 14 straight to end the season. Fast forward a year and the Texans are getting ready to take on the Bengals, a team they’re 3-0 against with Andy Dalton under center and Gary Kubiak as the head coach.
With Bill O’Brien manning the sidelines the Texans are 5-5 and one game back in the AFC South. Inside linebacker Brooks Reed says the first year head coach has completely changed their culture.
“We have a totally different team.” Reed said when asked about their past successes over the Bengals.
But the linebacker didn’t stop there. He noted how differently the team prepared for each game.
“We work and prepare extremely hard. A lot harder than last year,” Reed said. “I think that’s definitely the biggest change, preparation wise..Just putting in more hours and being more detailed in our preparation. Just treating every game as a one game season, really and not worrying about who we’re playing next and what happened in past games regardless of statistics.”
Reed is constantly praised by coaches for his work ethic and it’s unusual for him to say something publicly that could be seen as a shot. But it’s clear he notices a difference in coaching styles.
Bill O’Brien spoke at length about how important practice is everyday, if they want to be a winning team.
“Practice is never perfect. You’re always striving for perfection,” O’Brien said. “I just want practice to go perfect every day. I want practice to be perfect and I guess that’s impossible.”
“I want us to go out there and for really two hours to really go out and practice in a detailed way,” O’Brien said Monday. “I thought today we did that. We did that, but not all the time and I want us to do that tomorrow.”
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