Former Houston Texans punter Shane Lechler spoke out recently about being released by the team. He expressed hard feelings on how things we’re handled.
Speaking on the podcast of former NFL punter Pat McAfee, Lechler sounded off about being replaced by undrafted rookie punter Trevor Daniel. “I never thought I would be beat out by a rookie,” Lechler said.
Shane Lechler also complained about the punting schedule the Texans had him and Daniel conduct during their competition. “The kicking schedule we had, man, that was absolutely brutal. I really felt like a rookie again. I know what you’re trying to do: kick me out of the game.”
When McAfee asked Shane Lechler if he felt disrespected, the seven-time Pro Bowl punter replied: “Oh, yeah.” The Texans are 0-2 and have lost 14 of their past 18 games, and Lechler was critical of coach Bill O’Brien’s reaction to the mounting losses.
“Driving in every morning and I’m like, ‘[Crap], what is he going to say today,'” Lechler said. “I’m tired of hearing we are so close. No, we aren’t, we’re 2-10.”
O’Brien responded that he was surprised by Lechler’s comments. “I just talked to Shane two nights ago, so I don’t know what to tell you,” O’Brien said. “I have great respect for Shane. It’s hard. It’s very hard decision that you have to make.
“Shane’s one of the best punters to ever punt. I’ve said that time and time again. I consider Shane a friend, so I don’t know what to say other than that.”