One unsung player for the Houston Texans this season has been safety Mike Adams, and he’ll be needed in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday.
This week in a press conference with the media, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was asked about safety Mike Adams and what he brings to the Texans, and how valuable he’s been to the roster this season.
O’Brien didn’t hold back, and in quotes provided by the Texans media department, the Texans head coach O’Brien had the following to say about Adams before the Texans face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Houston’s second playoff game of this postseason:
"“Very valuable. He’s just a really good guy, good pro. He’s been around a long time, studies well, prepares well. He’s been really good in that room. He’s been a guy that – last week, played more than he had played in the past and made a couple plays.”"
O’Brien continued to talk highly of Adams and his play, one play in particular against the Buffalo Bills in the 22-19 overtime win in the Wild Card round of the playoffs:
"“Again, the tackle he made on the screen pass down the sideline, using the sideline properly to – that could have been a touchdown. Then the tackle he made in the backfield on a blitz. He’s done some good things.”"
Adams only played in six games this season for the Texans with three combined tackles, as this is his first season with the franchise.
Previously, Adams played three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2004-06), five years with the Cleveland Browns (2007-11), two seasons with the Denver Broncos (2012-13), three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2014-16) and two seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2017-18).
In his career, Adams has 930 combined tackles (706 solo) with six career sacks and one safety. He also has 83 career passes defensed and 30 interceptions (including three last season in Carolina).
The Texans signed Adams on Oct. 1 as they were battling many various injuries in the secondary, and now just having him on the roster, and getting playing time now, is “valuable” at this important point of the playoffs.
When Houston signed Adams, to be honest, who would have guessed he’d be this valuable at this point of the playoffs, not just with his in-game physical abilities, but with just his presence, too?
Adams isn’t going to be a game changer or lead the team in tackles on any given game, but having his presence with the younger players is a great thing to have on the sideline as many of the Houston players are experiencing the playoffs in the Divisional Round for the very first time.
The Texans have a very tough opponent ahead of them this Sunday in the Kansas City Chiefs, but with the veterans they have in individual areas of their roster — including Adams in the secondary — they have a legitimate opportunity to “upset the Chiefs” and advance to the AFC Championship for the first time in franchise history.
Adams can play a big role in that chance, even if he’s not the most dominating player in the secondary this Sunday.