On the same day that Texans left tackle Duane Brown received a reward for four seasons of solid play, their collective effort in 2012 justified a get-together to talk about ways to get better.
Smith, Brown, and center Chris Myers spoke. They are the remaining 60 percent of the team’s offensive line in 2011, which is missing tackle Eric Winston (who was cut) and guard Mike Briesel (who signed with the Raiders).
“Can’t go into detail,” Brown said of the meeting. “Today’s practice was a little below expectations and we just had to share our input on what our expectations should be. . . . This is early on in the season. You got to nip this stuff in the bud and let some people know you can’t make this a habit. This is a business and we’ve got standards and we’ve got to set the tone.”
Given that the holdovers spoke, it’s fair to wonder whether they’re not happy with the performance to date of the replacements — Antoine Caldwell and Rashad Butler. Either way, the Texans need their offensive line to perform at a high level. Though it’s troubling that it isn’t, it’s encouraging that the men who have been there recognized and acted on the need to improve.