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Bill O’Brien: Texans might draft two quarterbacks


At the league meetings last week, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said that the team will definitely be drafting a quarterback in May although he cautioned that the team wasn’t set on drafting a quarterback with the first overall pick.

O’Brien said there were 10-12 quarterbacks that the Texans were evaluating and that they weren’t locked into grabbing one of the players perceived to be at the top of this year’s group. With the top pick in the second round to go with the first overall pick, the Texans would be in position to grab a player outside that top tier by moving back into the first round or staying put and taking a player they like once the draft moves into its second day.

That may be an attempt at misdirection with the draft still more than a month away, as might O’Brien’s answer to a question about the team’s draft plans at a Monday town hall meeting with fans. O’Brien said that the team might draft two quarterbacks in May to compete for the starting job with some combination of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates.

O’Brien also said that he prizes accuracy in a quarterback over a powerful arm and that he wants a quarterback able to make decisions at the line of scrimmage based on what the defense is throwing at him. Between now and May, it’s a good bet that the Texans will find the player or players they think best fits those desires but ther

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18 Responses to “Bill O’Brien: Texans might draft two quarterbacks”
  1. reed20fence says: Apr 1, 2014 8:25 AM

    I like this guy. He’s got a good poker face. Probably know what he wants to do already, but throwing all kinds of mixed signals out there.

  2. sportsnut101 says: Apr 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    Yes one in 2nd Rd n one In 6th rd
    Bridgewater will not go number1
    Texans take mack or sammy watkins number 1 im fine with or trade down to number 4 spot

  3. apmn says: Apr 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    Take Johnny!

  4. titansbro says: Apr 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    I actually love this strategy. We all know you can’t win consistently without a competent QB. And we all know drafting QBs is extremely hit or miss unless you’re drafting the next Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck. So why not draft a couple QBs & let them compete to see who the future of the franchise is? Hell, draft 3! Are you really going to be that worse off if you don’t draft that backup LB in the 4th round? Or if you don’t draft that raw TE prospect in the 5th? Get the QB. That is the first order of business in the draft for any team without a superstar QB.

  5. alonestartexan says: Apr 1, 2014 8:29 AM

    I wouldn’t rule out a trade for Mallet either.

    Fitzpatrick is certainly not the answer!

  6. cadlow says: Apr 1, 2014 8:30 AM

    O’Brien learned alot from Bellichick…lol..
    Heck he may even draft 3 QB’s, or maybe he’ll trade the 1st pick, or maybe he’ll use it on a DE., or ,or or. Sounds like Bellichick to me. Keep the media in the dark and babling. Great work Billy.

  7. antalicus says: Apr 1, 2014 8:49 AM

    If you are planning on drafting two QBs then you are probably going to take 2 late round QBs and see which one pans out.

  8. justwinsomeday says: Apr 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    “O’Brien also said that he prizes accuracy in a quarterback over a powerful arm and that he wants a quarterback able to make decisions at the line of scrimmage based on what the defense is throwing at him.”

    He just described how he put McGloin in a position to look like a player his senior year which enabled him to continue his football career (as a PSU alum who attends games every year – prior to that…you didn’t see it).

    It’ll be interesting watching how he handles this Texans QB situation. If his trend continues, Texan fans should have some fun.

  9. htowntexan says: Apr 1, 2014 9:12 AM

    One better be Johnny Football or this coach will be gone in three years.

  10. wvuandsteelers says: Apr 1, 2014 9:23 AM

    AJ McCarron at top of 2nd. Clowney at top of 1st.

  11. jazz11001 says: Apr 1, 2014 9:23 AM

    They will take Mack first overall.

  12. keylimelight says: Apr 1, 2014 9:38 AM

    The Texans soooo want to cash in on that Number One draft pick and trade down. What better way to create a QB frenzy than to claim they are gonna take TWO. Whip it good, O’Brien.

  13. dylude says: Apr 1, 2014 9:55 AM

    He just described Teddy Bridgewater perfectly.


    Take Mack/Watkins if not Teddy.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:01 AM

    Don’t they need Oline help? Wonky matter who the QB is if they don’t fix that

  15. txmade06 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:06 AM

    Take Manziel #1 and Aaron Murray in the 3rd.

  16. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:10 AM

    Cant win consistently without a competent quarterback? Sounds like someone has been allowing ESPN to do their thinking for them….
    In a country that numbers 300 million people, I am stunned that finding 32 “competent” starting quarterbacks seems so difficult. ESPN has spent 30 years brainwashing the public into believing the QB is the be-all, end-all. It’s all quite hilarious…
    Meanwhile, how difficult must be to find 160 “competent” starting offensive linemen…

  17. tommyribs says: Apr 1, 2014 10:38 AM

    They really should take Clowney or Mack with the first pick, and grab best QB available in Round 2.

    There is not n Andrew Luck at the top of the QB class, and this draft has a lot of talent everywhere else, so reaching for a QB is a HUGE mistake when there are guys like Mack, Clowney, Sammy Watkins, two real franchise LTs.

    Derrick Carr will be there in Round 2, or trade your 3 to move back into Round 1.

    Bortles look like he could be good, same with Bridgewater, Manziel is a huge question mark. Going QB #1 overall here is just a reach. Grab the best player in the draft, and then keep building.

  18. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 1, 2014 1:38 PM

    “O’Brien also said that he prizes accuracy in a quarterback over a powerful arm and that he wants a quarterback able to make decisions at the line of scrimmage based on what the defense is throwing at him.”

    BOOM! I can’t believe this hasn’t been recognized for like, FOREVER.

    Accuracy is FAR more important than a mere “cannon.” It’s the functional equivalent of “driving is for show, but putting is for dough.”

    Over the years, I’ve seen SO many “experts” and even HOF’ers falling in love with arm strength — when the KEY is clearly accuracy, poise and pre-snap and post-snap decision-making.

    It makes me want to puke when I hear how Jamarcus could throw it 90 yards or Boller could throw it through the goal posts from the 50 yard line on his knees.


    It’s about time I heard someone say something sensible on this topic! Joe Montana would lose an arm wrestling match to an eighth grader — but the dude was THE MAN with that arm.

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