The Texans have been sweating and toiling, but most of all, they have been competing, competing, competing, and competing for everything: their jobs, their roles on the football team, their dignity, their lives, the sole thing inside their chest keeping them alive. Following another spat of competition, the Texans’ assistant coaches met with the media to discuss how the competition has gone. You can watch James Campen’s press conference here, Tim Kelly’s here, Danny Barrett’s here, Andy Bischoff’s here, Pep Hamilton’s here, Robert Prince’s here, Lovie Smiths’s here, Frank Ross’s here, Greg Jackson’s here, and Bobby King’s here.
You probably aren’t a true detective. You probably don’t have the time to listen to Campen opine about Charlie Heck’s pass set. Thankfully, Rivers McCown has pulled and plucked pertinent clips for your viewing.
Tim Kelly doesn’t want to talk about Deshaun Watson, the man who requested Kelly keep the job he currently has, which the team accommodated in a halfhearted attempt to appease the (former?) franchise quarterback.
"Are you able to comment on what it's like not having Watson there?" "No sir." pic.twitter.com/ZIH8PQXa7L— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) June 8, 2021
Despite finishing 32nd in rushing DVOA last season, Tim Kelly says the Texans need to run the ball more, not less, and will plan on doing so with David Johnson, Phillip Lindsey, Mark Ingram, Rex Burkhead, and Tyrod Taylor.
Tim Kelly on personnel/coaching/schematic improvements for run game: "I've got to do a better job calling more runs ... each year you go into the offseason looking at different schematic ways and personnel ways you can improve and we feel like we've done that." pic.twitter.com/vKZ3dN8Q5k— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) June 8, 2021
Running backs coach Danny Barrett agrees that competition is good, competition is great, and competition will sort out of the current backfield competition.
Texans RB coach Danny Barrett on if there's a specific planned role for Ingram + Johnson + Lindsay + Burkhead or if that sorts itself out in camp: "I think all that will sort itself out ... once the competitive juices start to flow I think we'll have a better feel for that." pic.twitter.com/wcUlSXkWCQ— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) June 8, 2021
Marcus Cannon is a right tackle, meaning other players may need to change their roles so he can continue to play RT. This means Tytus Howard, who has been a really good pass protecting offensive tackle but has been awful in the run game, may be squeezed back inside, where he struggled during his rookie year.
Texans OL James Campen on Howard/Cannon competition at RT: "I think the competition is more widespread ... Obviously Marcus has been playing right tackle for a long time in this league, so I don't anticipate him moving very much, but other people can move around." pic.twitter.com/dd0IRS8kGR— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) June 8, 2021
Pep Hamilton doesn’t know what Houston’s offensive plan will be, but he will be ready to execute it once he knows, whenever that may be. In the meantime, it’s time to get down to fundamentals. That’s what the summer is for.
Texans passing game coord Pep Hamilton on offensive philosophy: "Well, I think Coach Culley has mentioned quite often that ... we're going to be a fundamental-based team ... we'll see, we'll see what that ultimately is. What do we have to do to win games is yet to be determined." pic.twitter.com/l51RFjUcJD— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) June 8, 2021
New defensive coordinator Lovie Smith says Whitney Mercilus can run, set the edge, and rush the passer, despite being unable to do any of the three for the entirety of the 2020 NFL season and being a year older at the ripe age of 30 when speed has never been Mercilus’ strong suit.
Lovie Smith on expectations for Whitney Mercilus: "Whitney can run, he can rush off the edge, we start with that with our front guys ... in good shape right now, he's going to play lighter than he played last year ... I'm excited about him too, he's gonna have a good year for us" pic.twitter.com/JGsjShkXTF— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) June 8, 2021
Follow Rivers McCown on Twitter @riversmccown. I’m sure there will be more sleuthing there. In the meantime, there will be more competing, competition, and getting down to the fundamentals for your Houston Texans.