Texans talk about players-only meeting

Texans talk about players-only meeting
October 2, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Arian Foster apparently has some short-term memory problems.

The Texans’ Pro Bowl running back called a players-only meeting on Monday, the day after the team’s 23-20 overtime loss. But just two days later had forgotten all about it.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Foster said when asked about the meeting on Wednesday.

Foster elected to not talk about the meeting and reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt took the same approach. “I think players-only meetings will stay players-only meetings,” Watt said.

But plenty of other Texans were happy to talk about the meeting, in which Matt Schaub, Antonio Smith, Andre Johnson and Ed Reed, were among those to speak.

“Yeah, I thought it was great,” said Schaub, who has been heavily criticized recently. “We had a really good meeting. All of the leaders got up and said their piece, just things on track, get everyone on the same page. I think it was well received. Sometimes those things can go other directions, but our group is focused and on the same page. I think it went really well.”

Earl Mitchell and Whitney Mercilus were also among the group that thought the meeting was helpful.

“We were able to express ourselves just with everybody,” said Mitchell, a fourth-year nose tackle. “We had guys come with their points and their opinions and just wanted to let each other know that we’re all in this together, no matter what and no matter what anybody else thinks about us. We’re just going to continue to play and play our game.”

Mercilus agreed that the meeting was helpful but didn’t think the team needed it after a 2-2 start.

“Honestly, to me personally, I don’t think it was needed,” he said. “We already know what the moral is and things like that. We already know how close and tight knit of a group we are so we definitely can get the job done.”

The head coach approved of the meeting.

“I think it’s good,” Gary Kubiak said. “When you’ve got guys that care and they’re all in it together. I think those things are good.”

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