Yes, the draft is two weeks away but we're only three and a half months away from Texans Training Camp. It flies by faster than your best summer vacation. Soon enough we'll hear the pads popping and it'll be time to check out a sneak preview of the 2021 Texans.
Now that the coaching staff has had a chance to get acclimated to the building and evaluate boatloads of game footage on current, prospective and new players, they are eager to do the one thing they love most – coach.
The league has laid out the offseason program and teams will reportedly get to go full speed with no contact after the third week of May.
Last season, with all the doubts about COVID-19, the league and union decided that no one would get together in person until training camp. Testing facilities had to be implemented and protocols had to be discussed and confirmed.
As a whole, it worked great. The NFL missed no regular season or playoff games and the season was an overall success. For the new staffs in 2020, it could have gone better.
Matt Rhule in Carolina, Joe Judge with the Giants, Ron Rivera in Washington and Mike McCarthy in Dallas all had losing seasons, although Washington won the NFC East at 7-9.
Kevin Stefanski took the Browns to the playoffs and won a post season game for the first time since the Browns came back into the league in 1999. It was a breakthrough season.
The Texans return Tim Kelly as offensive coordinator and the rest of the staff is new but seasoned. Another big factor in adjusting to 2021 is that the Texans will see the roster turn over in the neighborhood of 70-80% or more by the time the ball is kicked in September.
Even though there are so many new players, Nick Caserio likely has to be happy that he provided the staff with a lot of hungry veterans who are looking forward to making an immediate impact.
We're still in the player acquisition phase of the offseason but the clock will start moving a lot faster as we get into late April.