The Texans are going to give themselves a new look tomorrow night.
But they already have a different appearance after their first day of minicamp under new coach Bill O’Brien.
According to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans took the field yesterday, with players wearing helmets that lacked decals and jerseys without names.
It’s a subtle change, and maybe O’Brien just dug the anonymous look during his time at Penn State.
But it’s clear he’s working hard to reshape the image of the team that went 2-14, and he’s doing so with a little Bill Belichick-inspired banter with the media.
Asked about the helmets and jerseys, O’Brien replied: “You send the helmets out for conditioning, you send the jerseys out for conditioning. Everything is about conditioning the equipment. I wouldn’t read too much into that.”
Asked about the absence of star wide receiver Andre Johnson, he came back with: “It’s voluntary. Again, we just coach who shows up.”
O’Brien has a huge task ahead of him, but if the Texans can find an answer at quarterback this week, they have a chance to make a jump back to significance.