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Bill O’Brien burns the midnight oil to get ready for Thursday game

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans looks on in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL game at NRG Stadium on August 28, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Some players hate playing on a Thursday after playing on a Sunday. Others love it, pointing out that, for them, it’s an easy work week prior to the game.

For coaches, it’s not. They have to prepare a game plan and otherwise cram a full week of work into Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

In 2014 and 2015, O’Brien’s first two years as a head coach, the Texans had their short-week games at home.

“This is across-the-country travel,” O’Brien told reporters on Monday. “It’s a different deal here. Coming off a real physical game yesterday. It’s just different. Nothing carries over from those two games.”

So what does that mean for the coaches?

“We sleep here instead of at home,” O’Brien said.

Asked if he really slept in his office, O’Brien said, “Do I look like I’m kidding? Do I look fresh as a daisy right now?”

However fresh or otherwise he looks right now, O’Brien probably won’t be looking very fresh on Thursday night.

On one hand, the intense work and long hours becomes a badge of honor for coaches who embrace competing with their peers. On the other hand, these short-week scenarios run counter to the whole #FootballIsFamily thing, because for O’Brien and his assistants and every other NFL coaching staff at least once per season, football drives an even bigger wedge between them and their families from Sunday through the completion of the Thursday night game.

UPDATE 7:49 p.m. ET: On Tuesday, O’Brien told reporters that he really wasn’t sleeping in the office. “I was kidding about that,” he said. “I mean, holy smokes. My wife would kill me if I — well, maybe not. She’d probably want me to sleep in the office more.”

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13 Responses to “Bill O’Brien burns the midnight oil to get ready for Thursday game”
  1. grogansheroes says: Sep 20, 2016 6:58 AM

    The Pats are the toughest team to prepare for on a normal week. Add into that they are not a division opponent, so not that familiar with them. Add into that, the Texans aren’t even sure who is playing QB for the Pats.
    I think if the NFL insists on these unsafe Thursday games, it should at least be division games so teams don’t need as much prep time. Of course that would mean the NFL cares about players and not the real reason for these games, $$$.

  2. chieftaindawg says: Sep 20, 2016 7:15 AM

    He has a personality that is easily likeable, witnessed by Hard Knocks. Much more animated than dry white toast, his former HC. And I’m a Pats fan.

  3. marcuswelby1 says: Sep 20, 2016 7:31 AM

    Please don’t go there, about driving a wedge between them and their families.
    This is the profession that he/they chose. Nobody forced them into making 3 to 6 million a year!

  4. darthobama says: Sep 20, 2016 7:33 AM

    If the Texans win Thursday night it’s no big deal because the patriots are hurt…. If they lose they will BE labeled as the worst team ever.

    We have a bad record against new/rookie qbs who don’t have any existing tape too…



  5. internetcommenter7 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:06 AM

    I wasn’t aware that valuing family means spending all your time with them.

  6. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 20, 2016 8:14 AM


  7. newmarketmaulers says: Sep 20, 2016 8:38 AM

    Just like Spurrier…

  8. varnbo says: Sep 20, 2016 9:13 AM

    Who likes Thursday night games besides the owners?

  9. therealtrenches says: Sep 20, 2016 9:16 AM

    So a football coach put in some extra time at the office? Hey…not everybody can be Steve Spurrier or Mike Shanahan, right?

    Is this a story because O’Brien glared menacingly at the media and dropped a few F bombs?

  10. blackbug99 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:50 AM

    Gimmee a break…”for O’Brien and his assistants and every other NFL coaching staff at least once per season, football drives an even bigger wedge between them and their families from Sunday through the completion of the Thursday night game.” It’s a disrupted week. Try being one of our awesome deployed military personnel before you start a whine about a few “disrupted” days.

  11. truninerfan49 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:50 AM

    Thursday night football is the worst. The players don’t like it, the fans don’t like it and the coaches don’t like it. Goddell and the owners like it, because it’s all the the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 20, 2016 11:20 AM

    It doesn’t really matter who the Patriots QB is, we are going to be competitive. In fact you may have had a better chance with Brady playing since Osweiler is 1-0 against Brady.

  13. bsizemore68 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:05 PM

    Just win the game. Bill

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