Don’t call Andre Johnson “coach”.
The Texans legend has transitioned from a sterling career as wide receiver to the role of ‘special advisor to the head coach and general manager’. He’s been on the field during organized team activities (OTAs), most often near receivers coach John Perry and the wideouts. But Johnson’s not wild about the idea of being called “coach”. After all, he played with a handful of Texans who are still on the team.
And he looks like he could still suit up and embarrass opposing cornerbacks.
“I don’t really like it, to be honest,” Johnson joked. “But none of the guys call me coach, so that’s a good thing. It’s something new for me. I’m still getting used to it a little bit.”
Johnson, who caught passes as a Texan from 2003 to 2014, and retired from the NFL in 2016, slid into the new position earlier this offseason. He's settled into his new role nicely, according to Perry.
"Andre's great to have, because his wealth of experience is incredible," Perry said. "His approach on a daily basis, although he says he doesn't want to get into coaching, he's a really good communicator. He's willing to even learn some of the stuff we've done, and some of the experiences I've had. Then we just kind of mesh that together. He's great to work with."
Johnson has been an especially strong voice for the younger receivers on the squad.
“I’m around them,” Johnson said. “I’m in all the meetings. If there’s something, they’ll come to me and ask me what I think about it. If they don’t ask, I’ll volunteer. Anything I see, I just try to help.”
Houston will conclude OTAs this week, and conduct a minicamp next week at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
Check out some of the best shots from Week 3 of Texans OTAs.