Competition and effort, or lack thereof, again will be the focus during and after the 2017 Pro Bowl, which for the first time will be played in Orlando, Fla., after the NFL opted out of its contract with Hawaii’s tourism authority.
One thing that has helped is the lessons espoused by renowned sports psychologist Kevin Elko, who has met with the Texans on multiple occasions this season. Elkos message is the inspiration for the T-shirts bearing the word Gritbeing worn by Texans players and staffers.
When something goes wrong or not your way, dont look to blame somebody, O’Brien told Texans media before last Saturdays 27-14 playoff win. Just look to line up and play the next play. Have the grit, the intestinal fortitude to put one foot in front of the other and deal with adversity.
In other words, OBrien has added his own twist to the Do Your Jobmantra espoused by Patriots coach Bill Belichick, his former boss in New England.
Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye said focusing on individual assignments and not worrying about what others are doing has helped prevent a locker room schism.
Sometimes when we havent been able to score on offense, weve been able to make a play on defense. But its also been the other way around,Bouye said. We just focus on what we can do while were on the USA Cheap Jerseys field to help the team. I believe thats the approach everybody takes.
Were all in the building together. Theres never going to be any Cheap Paintball Jerseys finger-pointing. What Coach OBrien always says is play complementary ball.