Andre Johnson talks are positive
HOUSTON -- Rather than react publicly to Andre Johnson's comments this week in which he expressed doubt about whether the Houston Texans organization was the right one for him, coach Bill O'Brien simply spoke about the respect he has for the receiver.
"I think I'll let Andre speak for himself," said O'Brien, who is in his first year with the team. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Andre and his career here in Houston. The conversations that Andre and I have had have been very positive about what we're doing here as a team and, obviously offensively, what we're doing here. As far as what Andre said, I'll let him speak for himself. I can only tell you from my end we've had good, positive communication."
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Johnson, who is the team's franchise leader in receiving yards, catches and receiving touchdowns, has not attended any of the Texans' voluntary workouts and did not attend a voluntary minicamp last week. Though he was in Houston, he stayed away and said he does not plan to attend organized team activities or the Texans' mandatory minicamp next month.
Speaking at a charity event on Tuesday, Johnson said this has been a pensive offseason for him.
Johnson, a first-round draft pick in 2003, said he has been wondering if Houston is the place for him.
"Now I'm on my third head coach, that's something I give thought to," Johnson said. "I just look over my career -- is it a place? I've only been to the playoffs twice. I think we've only had three winning seasons, two 8-8 seasons. I don't think any player wants to experience that."
The Texans went 2-14 last season after making the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. They fired coach Gary Kubiak in December and hired O'Brien away from Penn State in January.
O'Brien was asked if he expects Johnson to be with the team during training camp or the regular season.
"We're going to continue to communicate and we've had good discussions, we've had good talks," O'Brien said. "We've spoken quite a bit and will continue to do that."