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Texans Q&A: Chester Pitts


Guard Chester Pitts answered fan questions about his 100th career start in the Texans' home opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Brooke Bentley (Texans TV): This Sunday is a very big game for this team because you have been on the road for three straight games. How pivotal is this game for the team this season? (Anonymous fan)

Chester Pitts: This is one of those games that could make or break a season. We have the opportunity to be back home. We have the home field advantage behind us. We just have to find a way to come out with a victory.

Brooke Bentley: What differences do you see between the scheme of this year's offensive line compared to last years' and is there is a difference in the attitude on the offensive line? (Jim Underwood, Houston)

{QUOTE}Chester Pitts: In the pass game, the scheme is pretty much the same. It's a little different in the run game, but the passing game is pretty much the same as it was last year. As far as the attitude, the attitude is the same. The expectations are just higher. We are really expected to go out every week and play well, execute and take care of the quarterback. We started off a little shaky those first two games, but we really felt like we had a chance. We got back on track at Jacksonville and we want to find a way to build on that against Indy.

Brooke Bentley: I have my own question. Indy has struggled against the run this season. Does that make you have even higher expectations as an offensive lineman?

Chester Pitts: Yes and no. There team is really build around Peyton Manning. The way their scheme is set up, they are designed to give you a little bit at a time to make you execute all the way down. They don't take many chances. They don't do a whole lot of zone dogs. I mean, they don't do a whole lot of things to pressure you. They just make you execute all the way down the field and they expect you to mess up one time and that's all it takes to get Peyton the ball back. That being said, we've got to go out, do our job and play well. That's how you beat this team, executing play after play, staying on the field and keeping him on the sidelines.

Brooke Bentley: This is also a big game for you personally because it will be your 100th consecutive start as a Texan. How have you stayed injury free? (Anonymous fan)

Chester Pitts: Honestly, I am very blessed and very lucky. And I do all that I can to stay in as good as shape as I can, stay as strong as I can. The training staff – Jon Ishop, that's my guy – week in and week out he takes care of me. I just feel like it's my job. It's what I am supposed to do. Unless something is broken and laying out there on the field, it's just a matter of when I'll be back out there. It's something I take a lot of pride in and that's what I am supposed to do.

Brooke Bentley: How much improvement you have seen from Duane Brown week-to-week?

Chester Pitts: He came out of the gate against two of the best pass rushes in the business, and obviously that was a really tough task. But he is understanding more and more. He was out there playing every play somewhat blind; he wasn't using the scheme. He didn't have a lot of understanding of what it really takes to play out there. He's getting on track a little. He's making some calls and understanding the way things are supposed to be. It's just the way it is. He has a tough learning curve as a rookie. He's going to be just fine and he's getting better each week.

Brooke Bentley: Do you still play the oboe and what is your favorite type of music? (Ron Kautz)

Chester Pitts: I need to pick it back up. In the offseason, I'm going to something. I promise I'm going to do something musically. My favorite type of music- it kind of just depends on if I'm at home relaxing or riding with the windows down in my car. It just depends.

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