The Texans beat the Colts in the 2010 season-opener with Peyton Manning. The odds seemingly would be better for Houston on Sunday when it kicks off the season against Indy — minus the injured Manning.
Texans outside linebacker Mario Williams isn’t so sure about anything being easier.
“We’re approaching it the same way. We’re going to get their best shot,” Williams said. “They’re going to give that to us no matter who is at quarterback. We’re going out there to prepare as we normally would. We have to focus on ourselves. If we don’t play our ball and focus on what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to have a hard time against anybody.”
Williams also provides some personal perspective on expectations this season: “It’s been six years of ‘almosts’ for me,” adding that’s it’s all or nothing in 2011 for the Texans.
We also introduce a new segment to the Cover Two Podcast in which co-host Bucky Brooks, a former NFL scout, gets the scoop from team insiders about college prospects and how NFL evaluators view them. This will be a recurring segment, so if you want to find out why a player who is putting up huge stats at Boise State but isn’t viewed as a top draft pick, be sure to listen.
Mike Triplett, the Saints beat writer for the Times-Picayune, offers some great insight into Thursday’s opener against the Packers and how coach Sean Payton gets defenses on their heels.
We also examine some of the high- and low-profile season-openers and throw up some “West side” love for the podcast and Brooks’ wardrobe, which is straight-up L.A. OG.