Houston Texans make a groundbreaking move for the franchise

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, chairman Cal McNair and Rams head coach Sean McVay (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, chairman Cal McNair and Rams head coach Sean McVay (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have decided to make a groundbreaking move by hiring a facility hygiene coordinator, a first of its kind in the NFL. What does this mean?

The Houston Texans are now deep within the bowels of the offseason, trying to fine-tune this roster for the start of the upcoming season, whenever that may be.  This would typically be the part of the offseason when action is relatively lifeless with the completion of the NFL Draft.

The draft certainly went ahead without a hitch as the announcement of all of the picks were done virtually with Roger Goodell announcing them live from the depths of his basement at his home.

What we’ve learned is that the NFL is likely going to incorporate some of the nuances that occurred this time around because it did communicate a strong sense of unity with each franchise that was featured on television.

It showed the head coaches and general managers with their families, as they were all smiling proud of being able to watch their patriarch at work.  It’s such a positive image that I think the league will continue to do that.

This is a time of the year where team personnel don’t get to see their families as much, as they’re so much work to do, they’re sleeping in their offices and arriving so late to their homes and they’re not getting an opportunity what your normal 9-to-5 guy would get.

But that’s changed as we all are at home more to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and that was certainly the case with the draft.  So that’s going to be one of the bigger changes there plus we might see more players being announced virtually in the later rounds because of the ease of being able to produce such positive spectacle of the reaction when their name was finally called.

But as we mosey out from the draft, the Houston Texans are loading their own arsenal by hiring for a position that will be a first of its kind.

The franchise will be hiring a facility hygiene coordinator, which will likely be overseeing to ensure

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that the facilities that the players are using are in the utmost condition to hold operations such as practices and meetings.

This will be an external hire and there’s no question it will be a public health official that is experienced with these types of challenges.  The Houston Texans want to minimize as much risk as possible and a hire like this should be applauded and I’m confident other teams will follow.

This job will be a public post so anybody that meets — more than likely exceeds their qualifications — will be encouraged to apply.

It isn’t easy being able to protect the likes of Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, Bill O’Brien, Whitney Mercilus as well as the rest of the team so this is certainly something that makes sense for the Houston Texans.

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We’ll likely be finding out who this person is once there’s some solidity to when the practices can resume and this will be an interesting story to follow.

But I can’t wait for the start of football and certainly hope that it’s safely soon!