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Here is an article about Bernhardt and his role with O'Brien at Penn State.

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Here is an article about Bernhardt and his role with O'Brien at Penn State.

http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefoo...bernhardt.html
The interesting thing about that article is that it sounds like O'Brien hired Bernhardt to keep him in check, and to cuss him out when needed.

That. Is. Fantastic.

Word on Twitter is that Bernhardt is coming to the Texans in some kind of role.

The idea that O'Brien doesn't surround himself with "yes" men, and actually have people he respect tell him when he may be making mistakes, is a sign of confidence and maturity.

The funny thing is, I used to say that Kubiak needed someone like this on his staff. Back when Kubiak was regularly screwing up challenges, I used to say that he needed a "big picture" person on staff, up in the booth during games, to tell him when to challenge something; and to tell him - during the week before games - that his strategy needed to be tweaked.
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The interesting thing about that article is that it sounds like O'Brien hired Bernhardt to keep him in check, and to cuss him out when needed.

That. Is. Fantastic.

Word on Twitter is that Bernhardt is coming to the Texans in some kind of role.

The idea that O'Brien doesn't surround himself with "yes" men, and actually have people he respect tell him when he may be making mistakes, is a sign of confidence and maturity.

The funny thing is, I used to say that Kubiak needed someone like this on his staff. Back when Kubiak was regularly screwing up challenges, I used to say that he needed a "big picture" person on staff, up in the booth during games, to tell him when to challenge something; and to tell him - during the week before games - that his strategy needed to be tweaked.
Agree with everything here buddy. Glad to see that you are excited as I am about the new regime.
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The idea that O'Brien doesn't surround himself with "yes" men, and actually have people he respect tell him when he may be making mistakes, is a sign of confidence and maturity.
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The funny thing is, I used to say that Kubiak needed someone like this on his staff.
He did. He got rid of them. Sherman, Gibbs.

What Kubiak needed, was a boss. The GM on most other teams. Being that O'Brien is essentially a rookie, he needs a boss as well.
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Not a yes man, a baby sitter.
I look at it as a Quality Control position. Just like the old tale about the Emperor who had a slave ride in his chariot during a parade and whisper in his ear that all glory is fleeting. Sometimes the last person to realize things are going off the rails are the guy who's leading it off the rails. So I don't mind this.
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What Kubiak needed, was a boss. The GM on most other teams. Being that O'Brien is essentially a rookie, he needs a boss as well.
Agreed. I don't think that Smith is going to be that strong of a boss to this guy though. I'm just some fan on a computer, but just from my own observations of their character and approach. I feel like O'Brien is going to end up with a lot of control here that is similar to what Kubiak had especially if he has some early success and over achieves in Mcnair's eyes. Mcnair is the type that buys in pretty fast. The body language feels like Smith and Mcnair are really into this guy as well.
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He did. He got rid of them. Sherman, Gibbs.

What Kubiak needed, was a boss. The GM on most other teams. Being that O'Brien is essentially a rookie, he needs a boss as well.
I'm not talking about a GM, per se; though, yes, Gary did need a strong GM.

I'm talking about someone who, during the games, calls down to Gary yelling, "Throw the flag! Throw the flag!"

I'm talking about someone who says, "Gary, you have a problem on Special Teams. If you don't fix it, it's going to cost you a lot of games."

I'm talking about someone who says, "Gary, you can't just plug-and-play your way to wins. You have to adapt."

Technically, the GM should do MOST of those things. But, as we've established, Rick didn't have that kind of power.
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Agree with everything here buddy. Glad to see that you are excited as I am about the new regime.
I'm not ready to annoint Bill O'Brien the best coach ever, like a lot of people on here, but, I am somewhat excited about this hire, the more I read about this guy and the more I hear.

He uttered the words "fast offense" the other day and I was damn-near salivating.

It's so amazing how unlike Kubiak this guy seems so far. Wow.
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Agreed. I don't think that Smith is going to be that strong of a boss to this guy though. I'm just some fan on a computer, but just from my own observations of their character and approach. I feel like O'Brien is going to end up with a lot of control here that is similar to what Kubiak had especially if he has some early success and over achieves in Mcnair's eyes. Mcnair is the type that buys in pretty fast. The body language feels like Smith and Mcnair are really into this guy as well.
The second Bill O'Brien goes up to Indianapolis and wins a game, it's over. He will own this entire city.
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Why? I don't give a **** about beating Indianapolis in Indianapolis unless it's in the playoffs. I'll be just as happy if we go to Denver, New England, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh or win there. I'll be happiest if we beat them at Reliant.





.....I just hope this isn't a situation like some Braves fans now find themselves in with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Folks were ecstatic to get a "new blood" manager and hyped Fredi up so much, and now fast forward two, three years and the very Braves fans who clamored for Fredi as the hire now loathe him. Probably a matter of the Perpetually Insatiable (tm), but my point is let's pump the brakes. It's nice to be excited but let the guy prove he's different before anointing him a savior. Sports have burned me too many times to get excited about anything until success actually happens. I can't get too up or down over any hiring until it unfolds on the field.
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Folks were ecstatic to get a "new blood" manager and hyped Fredi up so much, and now fast forward two, three years and the very Braves fans who clamored for Fredi as the hire now loathe him.
Of course that's going to happen here if O'Brien doesn't produce the results we want. That's life. No one but Jerry Jones "knew" Jimmy Johnson would win a Super Bowl, much less 2 (3). He was nothing like any Super Bowl winning coach before him.

No one but Bob Kraft "knew" Belichick would win a Super Bowl.


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Probably a matter of the Perpetually Insatiable (tm), but my point is let's pump the brakes. It's nice to be excited but let the guy prove he's different before anointing him a savior. Sports have burned me too many times to get excited about anything until success actually happens. I can't get too up or down over any hiring until it unfolds on the field.
Where's the fun in that?
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Of course that's going to happen here if O'Brien doesn't produce the results we want. That's life. No one but Jerry Jones "knew" Jimmy Johnson would win a Super Bowl, much less 2 (3). He was nothing like any Super Bowl winning coach before him.

No one but Bob Kraft "knew" Belichick would win a Super Bowl.




Where's the fun in that?
The fact that the fanbase is buzzing means that hope has been renewed . During the QB Dave era , I felt 6 and 10 record was as good as it was going to get . We were renewed by Schaub until the wheels fell off .
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Why? I don't give a **** about beating Indianapolis in Indianapolis unless it's in the playoffs. I'll be just as happy if we go to Denver, New England, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh or win there. I'll be happiest if we beat them at Reliant.





.....I just hope this isn't a situation like some Braves fans now find themselves in with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Folks were ecstatic to get a "new blood" manager and hyped Fredi up so much, and now fast forward two, three years and the very Braves fans who clamored for Fredi as the hire now loathe him. Probably a matter of the Perpetually Insatiable (tm), but my point is let's pump the brakes. It's nice to be excited but let the guy prove he's different before anointing him a savior. Sports have burned me too many times to get excited about anything until success actually happens. I can't get too up or down over any hiring until it unfolds on the field.
So just remain in fear then. After all a 2-14 season is much better than trying to improve that situation. You were terrified of losing Kubiak of all coaches for years. Maybe you should just follow Kubiak wherever he goes since you have such a fear that change could actually be for the better. I mean god forbid we actually do better than a 2 win season. Man, I had no idea we were taking such a risk.
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Why? I don't give a **** about beating Indianapolis in Indianapolis unless it's in the playoffs. I'll be just as happy if we go to Denver, New England, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh or win there. I'll be happiest if we beat them at Reliant.





.....I just hope this isn't a situation like some Braves fans now find themselves in with manager Fredi Gonzalez. Folks were ecstatic to get a "new blood" manager and hyped Fredi up so much, and now fast forward two, three years and the very Braves fans who clamored for Fredi as the hire now loathe him. Probably a matter of the Perpetually Insatiable (tm), but my point is let's pump the brakes. It's nice to be excited but let the guy prove he's different before anointing him a savior. Sports have burned me too many times to get excited about anything until success actually happens. I can't get too up or down over any hiring until it unfolds on the field.

So, the previous Braves manager, Bobby Cox, should not have been allowed to retire because fans can't handle change?

And, yes, beating Indy in Indy would be a big deal because WE HAVE NEVER DONE IT. Ever. I'm not saying we settle for that; I'm saying that would be a fun milestone for this franchise.


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So just remain in fear then. After all a 2-14 season is much better than trying to improve that situation. You were terrified of losing Kubiak of all coaches for years. Maybe you should just follow Kubiak wherever he goes since you have such a fear that change could actually be for the better. I mean god forbid we actually do better than a 2 win season. Man, I had no idea we were taking such a risk.
Some would rather lose than change. I'm officially befuddled.

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