Texans’ DB Earl Feels Good About Teams Chances in 2005

By Joe Booker
Updated: August 8, 2005

HOUSTONIt took time and diligent application, but Houston Texans’ strong safety Glenn Earl has developed into one of the heaviest hitters on the team. He has unlimited potential and has earned the reputation as a sure-tackler and strong pass defender. He also likes to battle the roughest of receivers.

He is coming off a remarkable rookie season. He started nine games last season at strong safety despite missing most of training camp rehabbing a knee injury. He was one of three rookies that started in the Texans’ secondary last season.

He should know a little about covering receivers since he began his career at Notre Dame before switching to safety after his redshirt freshman season.

His mind-set going into this season is full of optimism.

“I would like to improve from last season and play in all 16-games and be a factor on this defense,” said Glenn. “I feel real good coming into the season. I am healthy and just want to be a factor in helping us win.”

Does Glenn feel urgency for the Texans to win and make the playoffs this season?

“Oh definitely, you talk to all the guys and that is on their mind,” said Glenn who was the Texans fourth round draft choice in 2004. “All the guys want to show-off, because we got a lot of talent. We have been improving every year. Every body feels that this is the year, might as wells do it and there is no reason for us not to go that far.”

How does Glenn see the attitude of the players coming into camp this year compared to last year?

“All these guys are professionals and know what we are here for,” said Glenn. “Everyone knows that it’s all business when you go to camp. Even last year everyone was serious. I know even this year the mind-set is very on point. Everyone is serious, everyone is about the business.”

Glenn’s personal expectations are high and he realizes that fans expect a playoff team this season. What must the Texans do to accomplish that goal?

“I expect to be a lot better than last year, “said Glenn. “ I expect us as teams to win those games we are suppose to win and really make some noise. We must take care of the little things,” said Glenn. In this league the margin between winning and losing is very small. Last year we should have won some games that we let go. It’s just one game at a time and just do what we do and we will be okay.

How does Glenn feel about Notre Dame football this season? He feels that the team will do well under new coach Charlie

“I think they will do well, “said Glenn who was a preseason All-American and Jim Thorpe Award candidate his senior year at Notre Dame. “Charlie Weis (who came over from the New England Patriots) knows what he is doing and if they can get off to a good start they will be okay. It’s my alma mater and I am one of the biggest fans. I think they will surprise a lot of people.

How does he feel about the firing of Tyrone Willingham? Does he feel that Willingham was given enough time to get the job done?

“NO, I don’t think so, but that’s the way the world goes, said Glenn while at the same time keeping himself off the spot. “I am sure he wouldn’t give any excuses. That’s just the way it is.”

Glenn, Dunta Robinson, Marcus Coleman and Phillip Buchanon, will give the Texans one of the best secondaries in the NFL.