You want to talk about getting back to basics? Check out what the Houston Texans are talking about in their running-back meetings this offseason.
"What they're telling us is to focus on our first two steps," Texans RB Arian Foster said in a phone interview this week. "I mean, I know that sounds pretty simple, but it's all about paying attention to detail as much as possible."
The Texans' running game was a brutally sore spot in 2009, ranking 30th in the league with 92.2 yards per game and 3.5 yards per carry. Steve Slaton was expected to build on a brilliant rookie season, but instead he fell flat and saw his second year cut short due to injury. That's a big part of the reason Texans coaches say Foster, who ran for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the final two games of Houston's season, will enter training camp as the starting running back.
He'll still have to beat out Slaton and rookie Ben Tate for carries once the season starts. Hard to believe this won't end up being a committee, but if Foster manages to stay on top, and gets the goal line carries, he'll have the fantasy value you want on your roster.