Swearinger likes O'Brien's team-1st mentality

Swearinger likes O'Brien's team-1st mentality
February 14, 2014, 9:00 am
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Since taking over the reigns of the Texans, new head coach Bill O'Brien has made moves to implement a team-first mentality.

One of the more noticable things he's done, at least in the eyes of some players who have been working out at the facility, is take down posters that used to hang in Reliant Stadium. The posters were to recognize individual achievements, like team records and Pro Bowl appearances.

Those are gone. And that's OK with second-year safety D.J. Swearinger, who said it is something he thinks "is needed" after the team's 2-14 record in 2014.

Swearinger has been very impressed by his early meetings with O'Brien.

"He seems like a coach that’s going to be a great disciplined coach that we need, that I’ve been used to since high school, somebody that’s going to put the team first in everything he does," Swearinger said at a Play60 event on Thursday.

"That’s actually what he’s been putting around the locker room, just putting team, team everywhere, so he can just build the team chemistry and I like that."

As for Swearinger himself, the safety is excited for his second year. He thinks his rookie year went well but knows he has plenty of room to improve.

He'll spend some of the rest of his offseaon in Houston and some training in Miami before coming back for OTAs.

"When I hit it in March, it’s gonna be a grind I’ve never done before," he said. "I’m trying to take this big step my first year to second year, trying to do big things."

But if he does, he'll know not to expect a poster on the wall.

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