The Houston Texans have often found themselves on the losing ends of games in recent years. But, the coaching staff and roster have gone through some significant changes this offseason in an effort to turn the team’s fortunes around. —

The DeMeco Ryans were named the Texans’ head coach in January, and in April the franchise selected former Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud. Those moves seemed to help offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil shake off the team’s past shortcomings and left him hopeful about the Texans’ future prospects.

«It’s a whole new vibe, man,» Tunsil said during a recent appearance on «The Pat McAfee Show.»


Laremy Tunsil #78 of the Houston Texans runs onto the field during introductions against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

The Texans’ front office executed an ambitious offseason plan by drafting Stroud and then quickly making a trade to secure the No. 3 overall pick.

Houston used the third overall pick on former Alabama standout Will Anderson Jr.


Tunsil said the presence of Ryans helped the team out of a proverbial «slump».

«[Coach] demeco [Ryans] He came with that energy that he brought from San Francisco and changed the whole environment around the building, and that’s something we needed, especially since these last three years we’ve been stagnant. So DeMeco comes to the building, he’s brought in some new coaches, we’ve got some new players. Man, it’s just a whole new vibe in that building. He feels great to be there.»

Texans training camp is just over two weeks away, but Tunsil is already impressed with what he’s seen of Stroud so far.

The franchise certainly expects Stroud to be the answer at quarterback for the long haul. Especially since the Texans have used five different quarterbacks in the past three seasons.

CJ Stroud throws during rookie minicamp

Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud #7 throws during the first day of the Houston Texans rookie minicamp at NRG Stadium on May 12, 2023 in Houston, Texas. (Alex Bierens deHaan/Getty Images)

Stroud won’t make his first NFL snap until the fall, but Tunsil said the rookie has already shown he can lead the team’s offense.

«He handles himself well. He came into the building with these incredible leadership skills, and it’s killing it, man,» Tunsil said. «How I describe CJ: dude. He’s a real dude. He shows up ready to work, runs the pack perfectly and goes out and plays, man. You’ve got to appreciate that, especially in a young quarterback like CJ.»

CJ Stroud in the NFL Draft

CJ Stroud poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected second overall by the Houston Texans during the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft at Union Station on April 27, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

The Texans only won three games last season and finished in last place in the AFC South division. Tunsil has performed well since he joined the Texans in 2019, earning three Pro Bowl honors in three of the past four seasons.


He started at tackle for all 17 games of the 2022 season. The Texans travel to Baltimore for a matchup against the Ravens on Sept. 10 to kick off the 2023 season.