Special Teams Changes? ‘It is what it is’

Football season is right around the corner and if preseason is any indication, it looks like the Houston Texans are ready to compete. In the preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Houston Texans were victorious, defeating the Chiefs 17-10. Quarterback Brandon Weeden had a great performance, throwing for 97 yards with two touchdowns.

Things are going to look a lot different on the field this year as new ‘special teams’ rules are enforced. The running start during kickoff has been eliminated. Now players will wait on the 34-yard line. If the ball lands in the end zone, players will no longer have to do the ‘touchback kneel.’ Those are just a couple of the brand new rules that have been introduced this season.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien explained his position on the rule changes, saying, “I mean, it is what it is. So, the rules are what they are, so there’s no – football’s not comfortable. So, I think that it’s just more about, ‘OK, here are the rules.’

“We’re teaching our players the rules, trying to get them to abide by the rules, understand the kickoff rules, the helmet rule. I think we do a good job of teaching it.

“I think it was officiated pretty well the other night. So, we’ll see how it goes. But, it doesn’t matter about my comfort level, it’s just the way it is. It is what it is.”

So. It is what it is. The show must go on. The show will go on in their first home preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers this upcoming Saturday night.