Inspiration. A word that means a lot to coaches all around the world, especially in professional sports. To lead a group of grown men week-to-week while keeping them motivated is not an easy task. It takes a certain kind of man or woman to successfully keep their troops rallied behind them. At times, coaches bring in a new face to add new inspiration and give their team a message from a different perspective. The Houston Texans kicked off their veteran mini camp with just that.
Coach Bill O Brien brought in Marcus Latrell to speak to his troops before the start of minicamp. The former navy seal whom the movie “Lone Survivor” was based upon reportedly spoke to the team for an hour before they started practicing. O’ Brien described Latrell as “an awesome passionate guy”, which is just what the veterans needed to hear before starting a new season in my opinion. Lets face it, football isn’t a life or death situation like the Navy Seals go through, but their are similarities. Coach O Brien spoke about the main comparison saying “It’s not life or death on the football field – but just the foundation of teamwork and having each other’s back and those things.”
“It’s not life or death on the football field – but just the foundation of teamwork and having each other’s back and those things.” – Coach O’Brien
This will be a message that should be well received by the Texans. As they start preparations for the upcoming 2017 season a lot of question marks surround the team. Will the defense be able to carry the team through the regular season? Will Savage be the starting quarterback all year? How good will Watson be in the pro’s? Will Houston’s offense show up this year and make this team an AFC contender? Among all the questions the one thing this team needs to do is stick together no matter what. That is a lesson Marcus Latrell has credibility to speak on.