after, in his words, shaking off some rust in his opener against the Minnesota Vikings, he settled into his normal spot at left tackle against the Colts as if he’d never left it. As such, there’s no coincidence that the Texans running game, in particular, has gone up a notch or three. A great example of what he’s meant to this offense can be seen in what was one of the most important plays of the 24-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Players like Brown are what separate good teams from bad ones. It’s all fine and dandy to have great skill position players but if there isn’t a line there to make holes for the running backs or give the quarterback time to get the ball to receivers, the team will sputter. Those playmaker guys just become fast guys or worse yet, busts. Brown has been an anchor on the left side for years, and his presence on the field is invaluable to the Texans.
The Texans distributed a memo on Wednesday that was a page long, giving them instructions on what to do and not do in Mexico as they travel to face the Oakland Raiders. The Associated Press obtained the memo. Included in the memo was a bullet point: “DO NOT leave the hotel.”
If you read on, the memo also told the players not to drink the water and other things. It’s confusing that with so much rhetoric about player safety the NFL forces these teams to play in less than ideal conditions. The London games are one thing, but at least there things are close to what they are in the states.