Listening to Bill O’Brien‘s press conference following the first day of OTA’s, one could tell the new head coach of the Houston Texans means business. One of the things O’Brien stressed throughout the press conference was how he wants the Texans to be practicing in game-like situations by raising the tempo in practices. He admits it is tough to replicate the tempo of an NFL game into an NFL practice, but he wants his team to be ready for fast-paced games. J.J. Watt was asked about the difference between practice this season and last season and has said that it is much faster. Check out the rest of the links for more on Houston sports.
The 24-year-old is outgoing and possesses an easy charm, and he seems a little dazzled, still, that he gets to play in the major leagues. If you have an untrained ear, you would never guess that he also has a stutter.
- Richard Justice (MLB.com) on Jimmy Wynn during the civil rights movement.
- Howard Chen (CSN Houston) on the Astros moving to a six-man rotation.
- Astros tweet of the day…
— ‘Stros Fan (@astroslogy) May 28, 2014
His campaign got off to a rather inauspicious start when a calf injury struck on the first day of training camp, robbing him and the club of precious time in their efforts to experiment with a supersized frontcourt pairing that included the newly acquired Dwight Howard. Asik returned in time to get a few preseason appearances under his belt, but when the real games began the early returns from his partnership with Howard were uneven at best. Then not long after the 27-year-old had been transferred to a reserve role, another leg injury put him on the shelf – this time for two full months. The much-anticipated follow up to his career year appeared to be devolving into a dud.
- Patrick Harrel (TheDreamShake) takes a look at Chandler Parsons‘ trade value.
- Forrest Walker (Red94) on Rockets’ ownership.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Carmelo, Kevin Love, and Rondo will be continuously rumored to the #Rockets throughout the offseason. Get ready for constant “reports”.
— Rockets Insider (@Rockets_Insider) May 27, 2014
“It’s good just watching him work,” Clowney said on Tuesday, after the first day of the team’s OTAs. “He make(s) you want to work even more than what you doing. I’m just glad to be beside him out there on the field.”
- Doug Farrar (Sports Illustrated) says the Texans need to diversify their route concepts.
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) updates us on the injury statuses of Brian Cushing and Johnathan Joseph.
- Texans tweet of the day…
Jadeveon Clowney has a chance to show some pass rush. His first step off the line is unreal. Covers so much ground in step one. #Texans
— PDS (@PatDStat) May 27, 2014