Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Texans hire Bill O'Brien as HC
Bill O'Brien answers questions at 3/31 Town Hall meeting
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"It's a great city that's passionate about football. It's been a great place for my family, & we are really excited to be here." -O'Brien
You've got to play an exciting brand of football. We're gonna play as a team, have fun doing it & for the fans, play aggressively. -O'Brien
O'Brien asked about quality of draft picks. Mentions the last NE team he was on (2011) had highest # of undrafted FAs that year.
"J.J. Watt, in my opinion, is the best defensive player in the National Football League." -O'Brien #Texans
O'Brien talks about being fiscally responsible after ? on lack of FA action: We're very aware of what's available, that we have 11 picks.
O'Brien commends team for having mentally tough players. "Our practices won't be easy." #Texans
O'Brien: I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a coach. #Texans
"We have a very aggressive mindset," OB when asked how conservative he'll be in play-calling. #Texans
O'Brien likes accuracy over a cannon of an arm for starting QB in NFL. Wants him to be hardest working guy on team. #Texans
O'Brien on ideal characteristic in QB: "There's not one. He has to be a leader, high character, hard worker, smart, decent arm, & accuracy."
O'Brien says if Clowney is drafted he'll be used in more than one position. #Texans.
O'Brien: This is a team that isn't too far from winning. #Texans
O'Brien says his system will allow QB to make decision at line of scrimmage. Will use "formation indicators" to help him make that decision.
O'Brien on expectations: "To go out there every single Sunday, Monday or Thursday and expect to win." #Texans
"We want to be a big, physical, situationally smart team. We've got to be a disciplined team." -O'Brien #Texans
O'Brien (on DBs): Clemons and Lewis would compete for FS. Swearinger will be the strong safety. #Texans
O'Brien (on Manning's release): Danieal is testing the market right now. May not be the last time you see him in a #Texans uniform.
O'Brien says he brought Fitzpatrick in to compete with Keenum and Yates, and will "draft a QB, maybe two." #Texans
O'Brien (on parting ways with Schaub): Both parties came to the conclusion that it was time for a fresh start. #Texans
"We really want to build the team through the draft. We believe in developing young players." -O'Brien pic.twitter.com/8zcFmLcIcZ
O'Brien: We've signed some guys but what we're really trying to do is build the team through the draft. #Texans
No media at this event. "Why don't I just announce the first pick while I'm here then?" O'Brien jokes to room of cheers.
"Best player in the National Football League."- O'Brien on J.J. Watt. #Texans
"I really think he's going to enjoy playing in this offense."- O'Brien on Andre Johnson. #Texans
Cheeseburgers, pizza & "whatever my 9-yr old son wants."- O'Brien on what he eats after a game. #Texans
O'Brien: slot WR is important in our offense. We don't really have one right now. #Texans
O'Brien: J.J. Watt will be moved around a lot in Romeo Crennel's 3-4. But #Texans will be in nickel 70% of time.
"We haven't coached any games yet, so everybody's a big fan."- #Texans HC Bill O'Brien at town hall. pic.twitter.com/JPGAwRm6ad
“If we decide to draft this guy, we’re not just going to play him at one position,” O’Brien said. “We may start him off at one position but use him in a lot of different ways. He’s a unique talent but again, that’s if we draft him.”