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Texans Are Avoiding The Cheese

Team taking it one game at a time

December 05, 2018 - 5:24 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – With a nine-game winning streak in tow, the Texans’ mantra has been focusing on the game ahead, take it one day at a time and recently added ‘don’t take the cheese’ to the mix.

It all started last week when Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien was telling the media how his message to the team is to worry about what is in front of you and not to look ahead.

“If you start to take the cheese, you start to drink the kool-aid, you’re going to get humbled,” O’Brien said.

The message is simple.  Don’t be the mouse that gets baited to take the cheese from the trap.

“You have a mousetrap and there’s cheese in it and the mouse is going up and the mouse wants the cheese. If he takes the cheese – and then the trap gets him,” O’Brien explained on Wednesday.

While the message is simple, and that actual meaning is a little silly, there is a something to take away from the phrase, don’t fall for the trap of thinking how great you are, don’t look ahead, but focus on the week-to-week grind that has helped the Texans win nine straight.  Simply, don’t listen to all the noise.

“I just don’t pay attention to it at all. The noise is not going to win you games on Sunday. It’s kind of just focusing on the main thing, and stick to the basics, and stick to what got you here and that’s trusting the process, trusting the grind and the hustle that you put in throughout the week to be able to get to Sunday and get those wins,” Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson added.

For some, mostly the veterans, it’s easy to block the noise as they call it.  It’s easy to let the good, or the bad, of what people are saying through the media, friends and family go in one ear and out the other.  Now the leaders on the team are trying to convey that message to the young guys.

I’ve been through a lot in my career, in different ways, with people telling you how great you are, people telling you how bad you are. You go through a whole bunch of different things in your career. For me, personally, it’s easy to – I don’t care. I don’t care what people say. You just don’t. So, obviously, you have to convey that message to the young guys, and the leadership of this team has done a great job. We have a bunch of guys in the locker room that do a great job of making sure our team knows that it’s one day at a time, it’s just go out there and do your work and everything else will fall into place,” Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt said.  “You can’t listen to anything outside of the building because when we were 0-3 they were saying we were done and when you’re 9-3 they’re saying either you haven’t beaten anybody or you’re going to be the greatest team in the world. So, you can take everything with a grain of salt because if we listen to anybody at any other point in the season, we’d be in a different spot. We’re just going to do what we do and play football.”