Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) carries the ball as Houston Texans free safety Shiloh Keo (31) tackles during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Going Team-First; A Conversation with Shiloh Keo

After watching the San Antonio Spurs win the NBA Championship…again, it got me thinking about how great an organization the Spurs have. How they never talk about me or I, it’s always team first and we.

I had the chance to have a conversation with Houston Texans safety Shiloh Keo and got to ask him a couple interesting questions, but first I wanted to talk about the impression I came away with. Firstly, Shiloh is a really personable guy seemed really down to earth and was having fun hanging out with some of us fans. Secondly, Bill O’Brien (BOB) has really incorporated the team-first attitude in this offseason.

I asked Shiloh how camp was going so far and he actually said “we” are working hard out there, which struck me as a bit odd since he was the only player there. He also said that camp was going great and implementing the new playbook was going good. I asked him about the complexity of the new playobooks and his opinion was that it was on par with his other playbooks at the NFL level.

The conversation turned to the quarterbacks. I asked him which player he enjoys playing against the most and he said all four (full disclosure this conversation happened before Yates was traded), they are all working hard out there, and that he has been enjoying watching Tom Savage work. That, at least, was encouraging.

Lastly I asked him about his roles. I asked if he was getting any chances at returning kicks like he did in college, and if they were letting the safeties play down in the box a little more than we have seen. His answer was a classic team-first answer with a sprinkle of desperation to make the team. He said that, yes, they were moving the safeties around more and that it gave them a lot more freedom to make plays on the ball, and he hoped to be able to return kicks some, but would do what ever to help the team.

I came away from the conversation a little more excited about the season. Now granted I don’t know how he would have answered these questions last year before the season, but I can say that he is a team-first athlete all the way. He even went as far as to defend “his boy,” Matt Schaub, which elicited groans from everyone at the table.

I love the team-first attitude from Keo and I imagine we hear more of it from his teammates over the rest of the offseason.


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