It may have slipped between the cracks of all the other Texans coaching changes, but the team was in need of a new strength and conditioning coach after its previous one (Craig Fitzgerald) decided to leave Houston for the same job with the University of Tennessee.
Bill O’Brien has reportedly made a hire to remedy that situation, as he plucked Luke Richesson from Denver for the gig at NRG Park. John McClain reports that Richesson is “one of the NFL’s best in his field,” so the Texans have that going for them, which is nice.
But seriously, Richesson apparently did a whole lot of good in Denver, as evidenced by this piece from Mike Klis:
In his six years overseeing the Broncos’ strength and conditioning program, Richesson modernized the weight room, training and movement techniques for the elite athlete.
After flying in on the same plane with new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio from Jacksonville to Denver in February 2012, Richesson’s training methods helped solved what had been the Broncos’ long-standing problem with soft-tissue (hamstring, quad, groin) injuries.
Richesson was especially instrumental in helping quarterback Peyton Manning rebound from neck surgeries that forced him to miss the 2011 season and left him with nerve damage down his right throwing arm. Manning threw 131 touchdown passes against just 36 interceptions in his first three seasons with the Broncos while averaging 4,954 yards a year and posting a 48-10 record.
With Richesson working for three head coaches in John Fox, Gary Kubiak and Vance Joseph, the Broncos consistently ranked among the league leaders in fewest games missed because of injury. The team won four division titles, two AFC championships and one Super Bowl title during Richesson’s term.
So it sounds like the Texans got themselves a good one.
Final note that has nothing do with Richesson: Did you know the Texans apparently blocked Wes Welker from interviewing for the opening at wide receivers coach in Denver earlier this offseason? Me neither, but that’s buried in Klis’ article as well.