Houston Texans Rival Report: 5 questions with Black and Teal

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What are your expectations for Urban Meyer? There was a report that surfaced in which players were giving him “sideways looks”. Is this a big issue?

B&T: Urban Meyer is getting plenty of heat and he hasn’t even coached his first game in the NFL. He certainly deserves some of it but most of it is unwarranted. Meyer has made mistakes.

He shouldn’t have hired Chris Doyle as the director of sports performance, and the Tim Tebow signing didn’t pay off. However, saying he’s off to a bad start because he had Trevor Lawrence earn the starting job and because he asks his players to stay hydrated feels like nitpicking.

Just like any other first-time NFL head coach, Meyer is going to hit a few speed bumps. Also, he took over a team that went 1-15 last season, so that should give him so leeway.

What are your thoughts on the spontaneous Joe Schobert trade? Who is going to replace him as the leader of the defense?

B&T: Schobert is a fine player and was one of the few bright spots on the Jaguars’ defense last season. Having said that, he wasn’t as good a fit as Damien Wilson in defensive coordinator Joe Cullen’s system.

Signing Schobert last year wasn’t a bad move in retrospect. At the time, the former regime didn’t foresee they would get the boot.