Houston Texans Playoff Notes
Jadeveon Clowney (foot) and Nate Washington (hip) did not practice today. O’Brien said Clowney moved around “decent” today but still calls him day-to-day. Practice was moved inside the bubble due to the rain in the area.
Duane Brown went through surgery Wednesday to repair a torn quad he suffered last weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. O’Brien said the surgery was successful and the timetable for Brown’s return is unknown.
Bill O’Brien says that being truthful with the team at the halfway point of the season helped them turn the corner. He asked the players to look at themselves and, in the same breath, mentioned that he was going to look at himself better.
Veteran offensive tackle Chris Clark is being leaned on by his teammates and coaching staff to make a difference in Saturday’s playoff game. Penciled in as the starter at left tackle, Clark has experience at the position and, most importantly, playoff experience. Clark started in a Super Bowl for the Denver Broncos and having come from the AFC West, he has an idea what the Kansas City Chiefs pass rushers bring every game.
On Monday, Clark spoke about the Chiefs, their pass rushers, and what to expect from Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. The staff is letting him use his experience against the Chiefs to try and give an edge to others offensively for Saturday.
There is a sense from the team that this is a chance to get back at a Chiefs team they lost to week one. There were words thrown around like “chip on the shoulder” and “grudge” when talking about this second matchup with the Chiefs. The sense of familiarity is giving the locker room some confidence heading into Saturday.