Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
If the Houston Texans conducted live blocking drills in practice during the offseason when they are not allowed, they were awfully stupid. Here's T.J. Quinn's story and a snippet of video.
How did the Texans expect not to get caught?
And what message does it send to their players?
If players blow the whistle, they're tainted in the organization's eyes for tattling. They shouldn't be in such a position. Once word is out like it is now, the team could lose out in two big ways if the accusations are confirmed:
One, the league will slap the team with some sort of penalty -- it has to -- and Houston will likely lose minicamp time it really needs with a new defensive coordinator and two very good teams ahead of you to chase. Struggle at the start of the season again and we'll trace it back, at least in part, to that.
Two, the team's reputation will be tainted to potential veteran players who may say, "Why do I want to go there when they don't abide by the rules?"
Let's note team counsel said the information set forth is "inaccurate" and Gary Kubiak didn't return messages seeking a response. Grievances are pending and a lawsuit could be filed.
The Texans should not hide behind legalese citing all that. It's time to have someone step forward and say something.
The Texans are rumored to have not renewed the contracts of their strength coach and head trainer, in part, because of the team's injuries. If it turns out some of those injuries suffered in the offseason by offensive linemen were because of illegal drills, who loses his job for that?
If it's all true, it's sure a disappointing story. I thought the Texans were smarter than this.