A winning mindset is strong enough to turn a team a team around according to Arian Foster.
Tuesday the running back spoke to KPRC Local 2 Sports at his brother’s gym, Nine Innovations. A facility that Foster claims is unlike any other and has trained players such as Andre Johnson, Connor Barwin, Brooks Reed, Glover Quinn and Foster this offseason.
Foster talked at length about the mindset it takes to turn a 2-14 team into a winner in just one season.
“It’s changing our mindset,” Foster told his former teammate Chester Pitts of Local 2 Sports. “If you believe in something whole-heartedly I think it’s contagious and you start coming together as a team and good things start happening. The ball starts bouncing your way.
“You don’t say ‘here we go again’, you say ‘alright we got to bounce back’.”
The former All-Pro doesn’t believe in the vocal “ra ra” leadership that can work at the high school and college levels. Foster said he believes in the idea of leading by example and working toward a locker room that doesn’t turn on itself or on it’s coaching staff can lead to success in the NFL. He also called current disgruntled veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson a leader.
Foster, who has played his entire career with the Texans, claimed he’s been in bad NFL locker rooms in the past. But also said he believes the new coaching staff has brought new life to the Texans. Foster said Bill O’Brien has a saying that contains an explicative, but basically states, “Everything we do is pointed toward winning”.
O’Brien has been open since arriving in Houston that the goal of winning was to be as versatile as possible in all aspects. Players that can play multiple positions are valuable to the first year head coach and the ability to be flexible on both defense and offense is key. Tuesday Foster said O’Brien has told the same to the team, whether it is going with five wide receivers for an entire game or running the ball consistently to exploit an opponent, the team will adapt week-to-week to find success. Foster did add O’Brien has said he wants to have an emphasis on running the ball.