After three months apart, the Texans get together on Monday morning for their first offseason conditioning work.
The final game of 2013 was a December 29 loss at Tennessee. The team cleaned out lockers the next morning, and scattered. Many have been working out and getting treatments at Reliant Stadium since, but Monday will be the first time the squad is together with the new coaching staff in place.
"It's an opportunity really for the coaches that haven't been around these players to get to know
them," general manager Rick Smith said. "It's for these players to come in and understand what the new system looks like and what the expectation and how were are going to function and conduct our business."
Because the Texans hired Bill O'Brien, they get to start two weeks earlier than teams with incumbent head coaches. O'Brien and his new staff have pored over the roster, on video. Now, they get to see the players working out. Second-year safety D.J. Swearinger said O'Brien and company are excited for the change of scenery.
"He's ready to get things going Monday because we start up early," Swearinger said. "He said they're tired of looking at each other's faces, he's ready to get to work with some players now."