Houston's Low-Key Superstar: Questions For Andre Johnson

Dave MundyCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 14:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans celebrates after making a touchdown catch against the Tennessee Titans on December 14, 2008 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Of all the players on the Texans roster, the one I’d be most interested in doing a feature story on would be Andre Johnson. He’s the Texans’ one true superstar, and while it’s been nice to see him achieve the All-Pro recognition he deserves, one has to wonder how he might have fared had he been drafted to another team.

My questions would be:

How much of an impact has it had on you to see the development of guys like Kevin Walter, Owen Daniels, Andre Davis, Jacoby Jones and David Anderson as receivers who can not only catch the “clutch” balls, but also occasionally slip free and grab the game-breaker tosses? What kind of adjustments has that forced on opposing defenses?

What, if anything, would you like to see improve in the Texans’ passing game this season?

What’s your favorite pass route, and why? What’s your least favorite?

The Texans’ offense was one of the most productive in the league last year—except for the red zone. What needs to happen to turn those three-pointers into six-pointers?

What’s the mood in the locker room as you go through OTAs? Is there a sense that this is the breakthrough year Houston’s been waiting for?

The last few seasons, it’s looked at the start of the season like “this” might be that breakthrough season—only to see injuries rip the depth out. What is the team doing this year to try and prevent that?

Go back in time: you get drafted not by the Texans, but by some other team. Which team do you think would have drafted you, and how do you think you might have fared over the last five seasons with that team? If everything in Houston suddenly went bad, which other organization(s) would you want to play for?

You’ve been Houston’s low-key superstar, yet so many of the other top players at your position—Terrell Owens, for example—spend as much time tooting their own horns as they do playing football. What is your philosophy on some of the antics others have gotten into, and why do you avoid that kind of behavior?

Non-football question: what keeps your interest in the off-season? What kind of hobbies and interests do you indulge? How important is family life?

Who do you think will be breakthrough players for the Texans this season?

Who’s the team to beat this year? Is the era of Indianapolis domination of the AFC South done?