Anthony Muñoz has some advice for the Texans offensive line, and really all offensive linemen, for this month before the start of training camp.
Work on technique.
Stay in shape, and know the playbook, sure. But the Pro Football Hall of Famer said Julién Davenport, rookies Tytus Howard and Max Scharping, along with the rest of the young blockers up front can focus on technique before the pads come on at camp in late July.
"That's something as an offensive lineman that you don't need someone across from you, someone that's constantly rushing," Muñoz said in an interview this week with Texans Radio. "But that's something you can work on, over and over and over."
Muñoz and the Texans held an NFL Play 60 Character Camp for about 300 kids between the ages of 9-13 on Thursday. Perhaps the greatest left tackle ever, Muñoz played 13 seasons in Cincinnati and was a First-team All-Pro selection nine times. He explained why attention to technique can pay dividends in camp and throughout the season.
"Of course with the game now, you have to be able to prepare with all the pounding and all the hitting," Muñoz said. "So you can prepare without the 100 percent physical part, and that's something that you can continue to do from now until you start camp."
Muñoz was the third player selected in the 1980 NFL Draft, and he described how focusing on technique in the offseason was something that served him well throughout his time in the League.
"That's something that I really learned and that I did my whole career, even in the offseason, when I was running and lifting," Muñoz said. "I tried every day to work on technique. Footwork, and being in the right position. Therefore, it comes naturally."
Training camp begins July 25 at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
At the seventh annual NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp hosted by the Houston Texans, players Ka'imi Fairbairn, Chris Landrum, Greg Mancz, and Vyncint Smith taught football skills, emphasized exercise, and reinforced the importance of character in athletics and life