Originally Posted by LikeMike
Since I am not really familiar with O`Brien - what are O`Brien kind of players? The players I see listed here are basically our best players - those are every coaches kind of players. But what does he look for? Fast players that aren`t too big like NE, strong as a bull linemen, smart players that can adjust the playcalling on the field, athletic freaks that can be taught to play football?
Honest question, what are Bill O`Brien type players? Will he use zone blocking schemes? 3-4 defense? Creative coverages? Only tall TEs? Will he use a FB in the passing game? 5 WR sets? Wildcat? Blitz a lot or let the front handle the pass rush?
BO'B is a Belichick Earhardt-Perkins disciple. Therefore the WCO and the ZBS are out. Most of the Texans OL were drafted because they were more suited (more athletic vs bigger, stronger) for the ZBS.
Foster flourished because of the ZBS. Some RBs are more suited to one kind of system vs another.
BO'B ran 4-3 defense at Penn St. If that's his choice for the Texans they are DL light and LB heavy. Might be time for Ninja to leave. Ninja was average inside in the 4-3, he didn't shine until Wade arrived with his 3-4. Ninja's success in Arizona was in a 3-4. JJ Watt was a DT in Wisconsin's 4-3 and wasn't nearly as effective as he is in Wade's 3-4.