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Old 05-30-2014   #1381
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Thank you for posting that. My favorite part is where OB is asked if Clowney / Crennel is a dream matchup. O'Brien responds that any young player would benefit from a good coaching staff. Completely dismisses any idea that any unproven player has any special value. His responses are always based on zero-hype principals. Logic.

Neat guy.
I am excited to know that the head coach will be collaborating with the defensive coaching staff as well as the offensive staff. I also anticipate swift accountability for assistant coaches and players... Things have changed!
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Watching an interview of JJ last night, he didn't seem overly happy and used "hard work, good teammate, learning the playbook" eleventythreehundred times and sounded aggravated a few times he said them ( like he'd been instructed to say them) and almost sarcastic a couple of times.
Naw, he was grinning and following script. Things will loosen up as the players learn the latitude they can traverse that works for the coaching staff.

It's all part of OB changing the culture of the locker room -- more pressure to be smart/prepared for your teammates. And you don't put bulletin board material out there. I promise you OB has shown them clips of players around the league revealing game planning in the media prior to matchups that Pats used. BB has watched for that stuff for years. One term can tip it.

When someone like Steph asked JJ about the possibility of his sacks/TFL/hurries/BP stats going down in RAC's offense, he just smiles this sinister smile and says, "We'll see." JJ is good with this coaching staff.


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Evidently the facilities management nixed the Segways, according to McClain. Probably insurance related... less likely to run over a reporter while walking.
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I am excited to know that the head coach will be collaborating with the defensive coaching staff as well as the offensive staff. I also anticipate swift accountability for assistant coaches and players... Things have changed!
Things should've changed after 2010 and the Texans org would've been 3 yrs ahead of where they are now. But according to you Kubiak is the greatest.

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Things should've changed after 2010 and the Texans org would've been 3 yrs ahead of where they are now. But according to you Kubiak is the greatest.

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I was not opposed to Kubiak's removal in 2010. I thought it made sense. I was opposed to the idea that "anybody is better than him". I do not believe that change, in itself, is good. I thought it was bold for McNair to retain Kubiak after that season instead of feeding him to the wolves, which would have been the easiest thing to do. I still think it was a good decision, and it almost paid off with a championship in 2011, IMO. The writing was on the wall by the end of 2012, though, and I was slow to see it.

Once again, being a fan of someone does not mean you believe they are perfect, or even the best. I have a great deal of respect and fondness for Gary Kubiak and regret that things did not work out better, particularly last year. I am thrilled with the O'brien hire, and I recognize that many of O'brien's strengths are the areas where Kubiak was frustratingly deficient. I am excited to see what this team can accomplish under O'brien's leadership.
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Naw, he was grinning and following script.
Is that why he's wearing his hat backward?


Does anybody still do that.
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Is that why he's wearing his hat backward?

Does anybody still do that.
His boss, for one...



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Probably the ST coach...well now coaches.
Wow, it's going to be cool to have a special teams unit.
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Does anybody still do that.
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Is that why he's wearing his hat backward?

Does anybody still do that.
Why? Did you think that was some kind of fashion trend that's one out of style?

The day they stop letting baseball catchers wear their hat backwards will be the day that I'll stop doing it.
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Powe played 2 years under Romeo Crennel in KC. Often sits with younger guys to explain & let them know how Crennel likes things done.#Texans

NT Jerrell Powe says O'Brien sits downs with veterans on the team to talk/get feedback. Powe says OB is definitely a player's coach. #Texans
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Why? Did you think that was some kind of fashion trend that's one out of style?

The day they stop letting baseball catchers wear their hat backwards will be the day that I'll stop doing it.
i was pissed when they banned chewing from baseball, watching 1st base turn into a spit puddle was the most entertaining things about the games.
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5/30 radio interview from Pittsburgh: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/...rt-for-texans/
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I won't say what I was Google'ing to find this from 2013,

much of it explains his son's challenges & how family deals with it...

But then the butt-chin question... OB handled it with good humor.

Link to video might help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIOmUBqLniU

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---(on if the installation schedule is on track) “Well we have two weeks left. We have this week and next week. We are on schedule. We’re probably a little bit ahead of schedule on certain things like two-minute, and maybe behind schedule on a couple things like the red area, so we’ve got to get caught up there. We are definitely on schedule with special teams.

Now when I say ‘on schedule’ I’m not saying it’s anywhere close to where it needs to be, but install wise, the guys when they come to training camp they won’t be hearing things for the first time.

I think the coaching staff has done a good job of that and the guys have done a really good job of coming back to work every week and obviously studying from the previous week.”
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---(on the role of the Director of Football Research)Jimmy Bernhardt is our Director of Football Research. He’s a very knowledgeable guy. He coached me in college. He’s a guy that helps us with situational football, which includes two-minute, red area, four-minute, third down, on both sides of the ball and on specials teams.

He’s very involved in the rules. The rules in the NFL are updated or changed every year and so he’s involved with that. He’s our liaison with the officials. We’ll have officials here tomorrow and Friday, so he’ll be a guy that speaks with them along with myself obviously.

On gameday, he’ll be upstairs. He’ll be watching tendencies and being aware of what situation we’re in, time management, all these different things. So he does a little bit of everything and he’s been a big help to me. He came with me to Penn State and he’s here with me and done a great job.”
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---(on if the NFL has been in to visit with the team and discuss the new schedule and what he wants his locker room environment to be like) “I think the (NFL) is coming in during the mandatory minicamp next week, I believe, one of those days there. So they haven’t been in yet.

We’re looking forward to them coming in because we had a lot of discussions about that, not myself, I sat and observed and listened at the owner’s meeting and listened to what veteran coaches had to say. It was really, in my opinion, the best part of the owner’s meeting was listening all the different issues and things all the great head coaches in this league think about when they think about respect in the locker room.

I believe that we have a very respectful locker room. We have a bunch of good guys here, high-character guys. Guys that care about each other. You can see that in the way they practice, the way they take care of each other in practice. You can see that when you walk through the locker room.

I meet with a group of guys every couple of weeks and talk to them about those things. I think we have a very respectful culture here and we just need to keep that going and keep the communication between the coaching staff and the players very much alive, which we will. I think that’s what it’s all about. It’s about communication, respect for each other, respect coach to player, player to player, player to coach and I believe that’s what we have here right now.”
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The last question of the night came from a Texas A&M alumnus. The man asked O’Brien if there was any internal debate with the Texans about moving up in the first round in a move to select Manziel toward the back side of the opening round.

“No,” O’Brien said to a loud cheer. “Sorry.”

“We spent a lot of time with Johnny (Manziel) and I had great meetings with him,” O’Brien said. “He is a bright guy and I really enjoyed watching him play in college on film and enjoyed talking with him.”

O’Brien was speaking at St. Thomas to deliver a speech about "How To Build A Winning Team." It appears although O’Brien respects Manziel, Manziel didn’t fit the model of the team he’s trying to build in Houston.

We have a vision for our football team and we stuck to that vision," O'Brien. "Every decision we made in the draft we felt led to that vision and we’ll see if that vision turns out the way we believe it will in whatever, a year, two years, three years. It was what we believed in and we stuck with it and we stayed disciplined in the draft and Johnny’s in a great situation in Cleveland.”
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I never thought Manziel was on our radar. Too much non-football related stuff going on...
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(on if there was a plan in place for Xavier Su’a-Filo knowing that he was going to miss time due to graduation requirements) “There is a plan for everything that we do. There is a plan for every single thing that we do; with every player, with every practice and with every part of installation. We knew that when we drafted him that he was going to have to go back and finish up his time at UCLA this year. That is where he is at and I believe that he will be back sometime next week. They have the iPads, and I believe that he took the iPad with him. He’s been studying and he seems to be a very conscience kid. So when he gets back, we’ll throw him right into the mix.”

(on if the team is on schedule heading into minicamps) “I think so. I think the true test for any football player, especially on the offensive and defensive line, linebacker, fullback and tight end, is when the pads go on. As far as OTAs and heading into minicamp, we’ve thrown a lot at these guys. These guys have competed very hard. We’ve been pleased with the way that they practice.

It is really a fun bunch of guys to coach. Every day I come here along with our staff and we feel good about who we are coaching and we feel like we are on target as far as what can we do in OTAs with no pads on.

These guys have done, we’ve done two minute, we’ve done red area, we’ve done third down, we’ve done four minute, we’ve done backed up and we’ve done all of the special teams over and over again. As far as that goes, I think we’re on track. When training camp comes we’ll put the pads on, and at that time that is when you can really see who can play football.”

(on his coaching style and how he is putting his stamp on the team) “I think we’re all in it together. We’re coaches and it is our job to teach these guys how we want them to play football in our systems and our vision. At the same time we want input, especially from the guys that have played a lot of football.

We have a lot of respect for guys like Duane Brown, guys that have played a lot of football in this league, and there are many of those guys on this team. I think it has been a team effort so far. We’re off to a decent start. You know, again, the true test will be training camp. For any football team, I think that is the big test.

Like I’ve said before, I enjoy being around these guys. It is a very respectful locker room. It is a bunch of guys that want to work hard. They show up to work every day ready to learn and ready to practice hard. That is what makes coaching these guys fun. Again, like I said, when training camp starts, we really have got to find out who the guys are.”
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O'Brien... utilizes gruff gift of gab to mold players as well as team
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O'Brien has been a Texan for five months. He has overhauled the coaching staff, turned an unyielding belief of team-first into a rebuilding squad's 2014 mantra, endured Johnny Manziel-mania to emerge from the draft with Clowney and Tom Savage, and based the Texans' intriguing upcoming season around an old-school defense and an unpredictable veteran quarterback.

O'Brien accomplished this while significantly changing the culture of a franchise long accustomed to the temptation of promise and denial of fulfillment.

The biggest takeaways from O'Brien Stage One as the Texans enter their third era since their 2002 inception: He is not Bill Belichick. He's a world removed from Gary Kubiak. He is most definitely his own man.
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"He has a way - and I know very few people that can do this - but he has a way of tearing you down, poking fun at you and building you back up, all in the same sentence," John Harris said. "It's remarkable."
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"He gets the message across that everything he does, everything he tells us, is with the intent to win. We've all bought in to that," said Brown, a locker-room and on-field leader. "But he also has a great relationship with the players. He talks to us all as young men and he's very one-on-one, and I like that about him."
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O'Brien is no flash, all work, pure football. Since January, a team that was too content to be less than great during recent years has gradually taken on the form of its new teacher.

"I just really like his straightforwardness. I appreciate his honesty," said quarterbacks coach George Godsey. "Sometimes it's not what you want to hear. But I think that is the leader that we want. I think for all of us as a coach under him, we've learned a lot."
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