Texans Running Back Is Ready To Run The Ball
Saturday, July 26, 2008

HOUSTON – Texans running back Ahman Green has heard all the criticism. After playing in only 3 games last year, the highly compensated free agent signee from གྷ was called soft, over the hill, and much worse. But now the 11-year veteran says he's ready to roll.

"As you get older, you just adapt. You basically know more than you did at age 24 or 25. You work towards that. You know what you have to do physically to get in shape. [You have to] make sure you're on top of that,” said Green.

Green expects the Texans to have a "running back by committee" approach to their ground game. Number 22, veteran Chris Brown, is expected to push for playing time along with three others. But Green says his approach will remain simple.

"Football is not rocket science. You just come out here and bang around for a couple of hours, making a couple of cuts here or there, and you're up the field. That's it," said Green.

The Texans haven't had a 1,000 yards rusher since 2004. That’s when Dominick Davis hit that number. Ahman Green would love to get there, but the Texans head coach, Gary Kubiak, says it's not a necessity.

"Somebody's probably got to step up and be that guy. But regardless, whether we do that with one guy or more, we've still got to run the ball well," said Kubiak.

And a rejuvenated 31-year-old Ahman Green hopes to be that guy.

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