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Guard Wade Smith calls meeting of Texans offensive line

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Unhappy with the performance of the offensive line during Thursday morning's workout, Texans guard Wade Smith called a meeting of the O-line on the field immediately after practice.

Right tackle Derek Newton said Smith, left tackle Duane Brown and center Chris Myers all spoke.

"Internal Stuff," Smith said. "We have to get better as a group.

"So we just handle it internally."

Brown agreed.

"Can't go into detail," Brown said. "Today's practice was a little below expectations and we just had to share our input on what our expectations should be."

Smith has similar feelings.

"It wasn't good enough," Smith said. "It wasn't good enough. We wouldn't have had to address it if it was good enough. So we addressed it."

Every member of the offensive line was involved in the impromptu meeting and paid close attention to what was being said.

"That's part of the business," Smith said. You communicate with each other and make sure everybody is on the same page. I think we did that and we'll be fine going forward."

Brown said the timing was right to get the entire offensive line together as soon as practice ended.

"This is early on in the season," Brown said. "You got to nip this stuff in the bud and let some people know you can't make this a habit. This is a business and we've got standards and we've got to set the tone."

Newton, who will get the start at right tackle on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, believes the meeting was a good thing.

"Wade called us up," Newton said. "Wade talked. Duane Talked. Chris Talked.

"They said we've got to pick our game up. We've got hold each other accountable.

"We are going to do what we got to do to keep everybody together. To have such chemistry like that is great for us."

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