OK Texans fans ... are you over how things ended against Baltimore in the AFC Divisional Playoff in January yet?

Memories of Ravens safety Ed Reed are probably still lingering.

On Monday, April 16, the Texans' voluntary offseason workout program started and so did hopes and dreams.

"Obviously, after the year we had, everyone's fired up to get started and continue on that path," Owen Daniels, a Texans tight end, said. "[There's] a lot of good players here, and a lot of guys that contributed [from last season] and a lot of up-and-coming guys that we're excited about."

Quarterback Matt Schaub, who's recovering from that Lisfranc injury he suffered in Tampa, Fla., against the Bucs last season, is obviously anxious to take the snaps again.

"It's hard for me to tell you a certain date like June or something like that, but all I know is come time for training camp I'm going to be 100-percent ready to go," said Schaub.

A former Cowboys linebacker is now in the Bayou City; Bradie James, who's raving about the Texans defense.

"Very impressive," James, a 2005 fourth-round draft pick out of LSU, said. "I think they ended up being the No. 2 defense in the league. Hey, that's a tall order. The NFL is so tough."

Some say the Texans have a cake schedule this season but with games against Tom Brady and the Patriots; Green Bay Packers; Peyton Manning and Denver; the Chicago Bears, uh, we're not so sure.

The NFL will release its 2012 official schedule on Tuesday, April 17.