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McNair on Future of Lockout: It’s Really Up to the Players

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair told the Houston press that he thinks teams are anxious to get a deal done and get their players back on the field.  And in reality, he said, “it’s really up to the players.”  HoustonTexans.com reported on McNair’s opinion about the lockout, as well as his opinion on newly hired defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and what he’ll bring to the table.

“Well, I think that the teams are anxious to get something done. We want to get the players back and start our offseason programs. And all of our scouts and coaches and what have you, they’re all working full-time now. We haven’t missed a beat so far. So we’re ready to do it, but it takes two to negotiate. We can’t negotiate with ourselves. Until they agree to come back to the negotiating table, it’s really up to the players.”

“It is exciting, because everybody’s got different ideas as to how you accomplish things. I like the way Wade looks at things. It’s a little different. He’s not quit so technical and we have the combine and we do all these drills in which everybody is measured against everybody else – that’s fine, you see how they stack up in the drills, but that’s not playing football. He pays attention to those things. If you can get the perfect player who is just the perfect dimensions and also can play football, that’s wonderful, but there are a lot of football players that are good players that maybe they’re a defensive lineman but they’re not 6-4; maybe they’re six feet. And maybe they don’t weight 330, they weigh 290, but they make up for maybe a difference in size with speed or agility or courage or hustle or who knows what. And then that’s what shows up on the playing field, and that determines whether we think somebody’s a player or not.”te as structured as some people are. He really looks at it on the basis of number one, are they a football player? And too often because we ge


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