This was Mike Lombardi on Bill Simmons' BS Report on Thursday 7/28 Keep in mind this was before Asomugha signed with the Eagles Simmons asking Lombardi if signing Asomugha makes Houston a contender: "No, because I thought the quote of the year was Eric Winston when he found out about the new practice rules he said 'you know, look, we have the leading rusher in the league and we never went in pads' and to me it proves why I don't like Houston as a team, they're not physical." Simmons chimes in "yeah" Lombardi continuing: "...they've got to prove to me they can do some things that can be effective down the line in terms of they're physical toughness, and when I read the Winston quote I was like, this to me would be evidence to prove my point about the Houston Texans." Simmons then tries to go on to ask him about another topic and Lombardi interrupts: "They think they're being physical, when in reality they can't get physical because they never practice physical." http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=6813168 I actually think the problem is the exact opposite, it's MENTAL toughness that this team lacks. I think they proved physically they can do it better than anyone, evidenced by leading the league in rushing. Also, is this even entirely true? I seem to remember them having pads atleast one day a week. Regardless, I don't mind not overworking players during the week. The wear and tear of a 20 game schedule preseason included is too much. And I don't see a correlation between being in pads hitting your own teammates on Wednesday translating to hitting on Sunday. Also, "hitting" i.e. physicality really wasn't THAT big of an issue with this defense last year. We had hitters, we just didn't have coverers. THAT is the real issue. To me, the "physical" knock on the Texans is so 2009. Which goes to show how much attention dunce cap Lombardi paid to the Texans last year.