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O’Brien says he didn’t really sleep in his office while prepping for Patriots

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans looks on from the bench in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Park on November 1, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Texans have been cramming for the Patriots this week — and vice versa — ahead of their Thursday battle of 2-0 teams.

But after Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that he’d slept in his office Sunday night trying to stay ahead of his team’s short-week situation, O’Brien told reporters Tuesday that he was kidding about that.

“My wife would kill me,” he said when he asked if he’d actually slept in his office. “Well, maybe not. She’d probably want me to sleep in the office more.”

Coaches are creatures of habit, so these short weeks not only lead to long hours but to altered routines. O’Brien worked under Patriots coach Bill Belichick from 2007, working his way up from quality control coach to offensive coordinator, so both coaches know every detail counts — and Belichick’s usual mind games this week include listing injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as limited in Tuesday’s practice.

But as for actually sleeping in his office, O’Brien said he hasn’t done that since his first year working for the Patriots.

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4 Responses to “O’Brien says he didn’t really sleep in his office while prepping for Patriots”
  1. jchipwood says: Sep 20, 2016 9:24 PM

    So the patriots open up with a West coast game as opposed to going in the season. Then play the following week vs Miami who played on the West coast as well for a home opener. Then play at home again on Thursday night. Easiet start of any schedule in AFC East.

  2. ibillwt says: Sep 20, 2016 9:59 PM

    If Teapot wins as much as I think he will in Houston, the media will find a way to declare him a branch of the “Parcells coaching tree” which was actually a talking head graft that Belichick had to support and nourish.

    Once Belichick pruned him off, Parcells was exposed as nothing but dead wood.

    Texans are a threat with O’Brien running the show – he’s hungry, smart, and has seen what it takes to run a team.

  3. laffers says: Sep 21, 2016 2:15 AM

    Belichick sleeps in his office about 3 times per week during the season and he expects his coaches to do the same.

  4. harryglyphics says: Sep 21, 2016 6:18 AM

    That whole concept of “sleeping in the office” always sounded suspicious to me.
    Betcha they just sit around drinking and watching “film” so they have an excuse to not go home to the wife and screaming kids.

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