"Snap and clear."
That was the advice Deshaun Watson used to hear from his head coach at Gainesville High School. "Snap and clear" became a mantra for Watson over the course of his high school, college and now professional football career. Forget the previous play and move onto the next. Don't dwell on the past game or play, good or bad.
"That was our theme all through my high school career where good or bad, you're always going on to the next play, and OB (Bill O'Brien) always says you're only as good as your next game, you're only as good as your next play," Watson said. "So, you've got to continue to have that mindset because you can never get too comfortable in this league."
It's worked for Watson, who hasn't lost back-to-back games since Week 3 of last season. After starting five games with multiple touchdown passes this season, the third-year quarterback looks to get back in the winning column following the Texans' 41-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Watson completed 18-of-29 passes for 169 yards and an interception against the Ravens, his first game this season without a throwing a touchdown pass or scoring on a touchdown run.
On Thursday, he'll have another test in a big, divisional matchup with the (6-4) Indianapolis Colts. Watson knows what's at stake with both teams battling for the AFC South, but when steps out onto the field Thursday night, he'll hear those words that Coach Michael Perry used to tell him.
Snap and clear.
"It's a big game," Watson said. "It's a divisional game that can be a big deciding point in the future, but we've got to just focus on one drive, focus on one moment at a time. We can't look at it in that way and try to get carried away and try to panic or try to put too much pressure on ourselves. We've just got to go out there and play Texans football and take it one play at a time, one moment at a time and play 60 minutes and see how the outcome comes."
The Texans will celebrate their Salute to Service game on Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on FOX-26, NFL Network and SportsRadio 610.