The Houston Texans are fighting with each other at practice and their head coach….is not exactly upset about it.
Tempers flared during the Texans’ latest training camp session, with a small fight reportedly breaking out along the sideline. Head coach DeMeco Ryans was asked by reporters about the scuffle at camp, and he delivered a fiery response stating he was pleased to see that level of intensity from his players.
“To see scuffling in training camp, I would say: finally,” Ryans said to reporters, via NBC Sports. “We actually see some guys—that’s what training camp is about. Sometimes you get tired of hitting the same guy over and over again, right? It’s linebackers, running backs, they’re going to thud up a lot in practice.
“And of course, we want to be safe, we want to make sure we keep guys up, but also, it’s going to get a little edgy, it’s going to get a little chippy—that’s how I want to play. Offensively, defensively, I want to play with an edge. I want to play with a chip on our shoulder, but also, we still have to play within the rules. So, it’s a part of camp.”
Ryans is a former player of the team so this must’ve been encouraging for him to see. It also points to an attitude the former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator is trying to install on this Texans team.
A new attitude can only help the Texans franchise as they have had zero direction the last several seasons. The team has cycled through four different head coaches in three seasons, resulting in a record of 11-38-1. Last year, they couldn’t even lose correctly as they won their final game of the 2022 season and ended up with the second overall draft pick.
They ultimately selected CJ Stroud who they are hoping with take this team to another level in the not-so-distant future.
Ryans is entering his first year as the head coach in Houston, taking over following the departure of Lovie Smith. It’ll be Ryans’ first season as a head coach in the NFL, having previously served as the defensive coordinator for the 49ers.
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