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Bill O’Brien blames loss on execution, reminds everyone it’s still early

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans looks on during the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Thursday night, the Texans sustained their first shutout since their second NFL season. After the game, coach Bill O’Brien wasn’t happy — but he wasn’t ready to panic.

“Can’t turn the ball over twice on special teams,” O’Brien told reporters. “You can’t turn the ball over on offense. Didn’t do anything on offense. You know, look, it was not a good night. Starting with the coaching, the playing, nothing was good. But look, it’s early in the season, we turn a page here and regroup. But we just can’t do those things if we are going to try to beat a good team.”

O’Brien declined to blame the loss on a lack of effort. Instead, he pointed to the execution of the plays.

“I thought the effort was good,” O’Brien said. “I don’t ever really question the effort of this football team or this coaching staff, but I question the execution of the plays. And it starts with me, but it’s early in the season, you know, it’s only the third game of the year. You guys can write us off for dead, but we’ll regroup here and there are a lot of games left.”

“Execution” usually is a reference to the performance of the players. O’Brien saying “it starts with me” seems to be an effort to assume the blame for not having the players ready to properly execute the plays.

“Losing is horrible,” O’Brien added. “I mean it is absolutely horrible. There is nothing really in my mind that comes out good, but what I will say is there is a resilient team in that locker room. These guys work hard and like I said in the beginning there is a lot of season left. We haven’t even played a division game. We got our first division game coming up October 2nd. So, we will get a little time off here over the weekend and regroup, get back to work on Monday.”

Asked about the team’s lingering inability to show up on a big stage, O’Brien repeated his overriding position that it’s still early.

“This is the third game of the year,” O’Brien said. “Every game is big but this is the third game of the year. So, look, like I said, you guys have a job to do, I have a job to do. My job is to get this team better. Your job is to write whatever your opinion is of what you see in this team. I’m not trying to tell you what your job is, I’m just telling you what my job is. My job is to go back to work tomorrow, as soon as we get off the plane, figure out what we did wrong, and get it better. And that’s what I’m going to try to do.”

That’s all he can do. The problem is that, regardless of what happens during the rest of the regular season, the loss makes it more likely that Houston will have to return to New England in the postseason, if/when their paths cross on the playoff tree. So while it’s indeed early and a lot can and will happen over the next 13 regular-season games, the “W” for the Patriots and the “L” for the Texans could have a huge impact on whether the Texans accomplish their ultimate goal.

Getting the No. 1 seed makes getting to the Super Bowl a lot easier. September 22 or not, the Patriots scored a major victory in the chase to be the team that gets to stay at home of the postseason and, ultimately, that gets to go to Houston in February.

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69 Responses to “Bill O’Brien blames loss on execution, reminds everyone it’s still early”
  1. lphboston says: Sep 23, 2016 6:14 AM

    Here in New England, Houston is not really considered too much of a threat. We look more at Denver and Pittsburgh. The Texans are in the next level down, maybe like Indy and KC.

  2. wrossi81 says: Sep 23, 2016 6:24 AM

    “What do you think of your team’s execution, coach?”
    “I’m all for it.”

  3. bmack1224 says: Sep 23, 2016 6:30 AM

    It’s Still Early??

  4. eagleswin says: Sep 23, 2016 6:47 AM

    Losing happens. No one panics over losing one game in the regular season.

    That said, what happened on Thursday night transcends losing. You are going to hear about this game for the rest of the season. Maybe longer.

    I am not even sure the Texans got beyond midfield, for the entire game and this is a game the Texans, on paper, should’ve won easily. They got punked by a 3rd string QB on a short week. Their offensive line got ZERO push on a defense playing pass prevent. The short passing game was open all first half but the Texans elected to either run into a brick wall or throw deep. The Texans looked dazed and confused on both sides of the ball.

    My hat is off to Belichick this week. I’d say he made the Texans look like a college team this week but that is an insult to college teams. The Texans looked like a high school team out there.

  5. edon8334 says: Sep 23, 2016 6:54 AM

    Texans wet the bed and laid an egg..they SUCK smh

  6. 3ringbronco says: Sep 23, 2016 6:56 AM

    Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time. His adjustments and week to week game planning with different players is second to none.

  7. afourthlombardiforthehaters says: Sep 23, 2016 7:06 AM

    Why do all of these X patriots coaches pee down their legs when they come to Foxboro to play against Belichick
    SMH.

    Thought it would have been a dog fight

  8. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 23, 2016 7:07 AM

    Based on what Brock did last night and what Seimian did the last 2 weeks, its clear Denver is another one of those “system” teams where any qb can win. Therefore PM is not the GOAT.

    See how silly the “system” argument is?

  9. terripet says: Sep 23, 2016 7:17 AM

    A good coach would of benched the return man after the first fumble your team was a no show

  10. NFLexpert says: Sep 23, 2016 7:18 AM

    Good Gawd, does Ostrichweiler suck….somebody in the office needs to be fired, today….

  11. purplejesus28 says: Sep 23, 2016 7:21 AM

    “the Texans sustained their first (regular-season)shutout since their second NFL season”…In games that count, it’s their second shutout in four games.

  12. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 23, 2016 7:27 AM

    Osweiller looked like the rookie QB out there last night.

  13. swhughes81 says: Sep 23, 2016 7:28 AM

    He better make sure his players have each pooped before each game so they don’t get spanked like that again. Clear bowels would have equaled a far more competitive game.

  14. coachhighscore says: Sep 23, 2016 7:35 AM

    Bill O Brien needs to blame himself for this ineptitude. He runs lamar on 3rd and 8? then defensively, he plays a vanilla man to man coverage and doesn’t mix up the looks to try and confuse the young qb. Bill- you’re a clown. Your offense sucks and your game planning sucks. Maybe Belicheat will hold a TE’s job for you after you get canned.

  15. igotgamenj says: Sep 23, 2016 7:39 AM

    Out coached big time that was a total beat down…

  16. helldog33 says: Sep 23, 2016 7:41 AM

    What a pack of chumps–both coaches and players. At least the Fins went down swinging.

  17. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 23, 2016 7:43 AM

    Bill just admit it the other BB is the great and powerful OZ !

  18. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 23, 2016 7:43 AM

    Bill just admit it the other BB is the great and powerful OZ !

  19. jr4real says: Sep 23, 2016 7:51 AM

    “More likely to return to NE for post season”?

    How about won’t make the post season.

  20. bkrog says: Sep 23, 2016 7:54 AM

    I won’t complain about Miami’s 7 point loss to the Patriots now.

  21. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Sep 23, 2016 7:56 AM

    How about blaming it on a garbage gameplan. O’Brien ran crappy draw plays with a garbage o-line and refused to stop when it was proven ineffective.

    Its almost as if he was watching a different game than what was on the field.

    The Texans lied down like dogs, once again to NE. When you dont cross midfield until the 44th minute of the game, you arent worthy of being in the NFL.

    Its almost as if the Texans were trying to outdo themselves in mistakes.

  22. edahlb says: Sep 23, 2016 7:57 AM

    Texans should worry about actually making the playoffs, rather than seeding.

  23. mcquillian says: Sep 23, 2016 7:57 AM

    I thought your execution sucked . . .

    From “top of the world” to laying an egg like that . . .

  24. toybkshr says: Sep 23, 2016 7:57 AM

    They should “Execute” who’s idea it was to give Osweiler a $72 mil contract. Sure making Elway look awful smart.

  25. canetic says: Sep 23, 2016 7:58 AM

    He should be fired immediately.

  26. skins99 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:02 AM

    Worst looking teams I’ve seen all year. But ok Bill its still early……NOT! That was a pathetic performance and it all starts with the head coach and he deserves to be called out for it. Did they actually do anything right? Mistake after mistake, bad play after bad play. Personally, if I owned the team I would start looking for another coach after that one. How lame

  27. mazenblue says: Sep 23, 2016 8:05 AM

    Me lucky charm played like he hud wee little kneecaps like acorns

  28. mrone50 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:13 AM

    Running the ball on 3rd and long, multiple times, didn’t help.

  29. codythao35 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:21 AM

    Texans suck, and you suck as a coach.

  30. jag1959 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:25 AM

    He got that right. Any time you get executed like that you are going to lose.

  31. craigkintexas says: Sep 23, 2016 8:32 AM

    Like him or not, Elway has proven to be a pretty good judge of NFL talent.

  32. officialgame says: Sep 23, 2016 8:33 AM

    A team doesn’t show up for a Nationally televised game and preform like that unless there are major deficiencies on your team which starts at QB and goes from there. This isn’t a true contending playoff team they just have to many holes. The Pats on the other are clearly the #1 team in football by a long shot.

  33. getyourownname says: Sep 23, 2016 8:34 AM

    His name may be Belicheat, but he’s still in a different category of head coach than Bill O’Brien.

  34. filmex2000 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:36 AM

    As a Cards fan, suddenly I feel better knowing that at least we were beaten by Belichick and Garropolo.

    It’s starting to look like the Pats could win with Belichick’s grandmother under center. It appears they will go 4-0 without Brady, which is astonishing.

  35. goattoday says: Sep 23, 2016 8:41 AM

    Texans might as well forfeit any scheduled games against upper echelon teams. It’s embarrassing being a Texans fan today. Nice game Pats!!

  36. biggerballz says: Sep 23, 2016 8:47 AM

    the way the texans were calling plays you would think they are up 20-0. Also Miller is pure garbage, he constantly falls down before anyone touches him. But idiot coach keeps dialing up runs on first down and third down.

  37. nomar8477 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:56 AM

    I know what the problem was..The Texans didnt wear their Letterman jackets.

  38. TheAfterParty says: Sep 23, 2016 8:57 AM

    Osweiler did his best Hoyer-playoffs impression…

  39. helldog33 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:58 AM

    Anyone notice that Texan who fumbled in the 3rd quarter was busy running with a towel in his other hand? WTH was that, a security blankie?

  40. patsfan1820 says: Sep 23, 2016 9:25 AM

    If it weren’t for the fact that the Texans are in the AFC South they wouldn’t even be relevant anyway. I honestly thought that the Texans might be able to capitalize on the Patriots having a 3rd string qb, but not only did they not do that, but they honestly looked like they didn’t want to be there. If O Brien is fine with the effort then he needs to be fired.

  41. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Sep 23, 2016 9:37 AM

    After the first Special team fumble for the Texans,what do you think would’ve been Belicheks response if he were their coach?

    Exactly! Coaching 101

    OBrien probably said, “it’s okay, it’s early in the game (season, whatever)”

    Sad, that.

  42. patsfanintn says: Sep 23, 2016 9:42 AM

    helldog33 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 8:58 AM

    Anyone notice that Texan who fumbled in the 3rd quarter was busy running with a towel in his other hand? WTH was that, a security blankie?

    _________________________________

    That was his “wipe the tears away” tissue.

  43. xavier179 says: Sep 23, 2016 9:43 AM

    Admit it coach, you are in over your head.

  44. docsweeney says: Sep 23, 2016 9:44 AM

    Like him or not, Hoodie is the best coach. You have your third QB, a rookie, who throws for under 200 yds, non-effective Gronk, and you beat a playoff team like a drum. Wow. I’d love this guy to run my team.

  45. liongator says: Sep 23, 2016 9:45 AM

    When you’re at a significant QB disadvantage, even a HS coach knows you run the ball and play deep prevent defense to nullify the QB advantage. Big pass plays will kill you, because you don’t want to put your QB in the position he has to make big passing plays to keep up.
    Any HS coach knows if their QB is their weakness, you come out throwing to force them to throw the ball to keep up.
    But O’Brien? Comes out trying to force the run, exactly what Belichek prayed he would do.
    Belichek is great coach, but the difference last night was O’Brien proved he’s a terrible coach. That was monumentally stupid.

  46. NRG Stadium's Wonky Grass says: Sep 23, 2016 9:55 AM

    You really have to have a complete meltdown to be shut out in a football game. You’re telling me over the course of an hour your big eleven guys couldn’t move against their eleven guys at least far enough to kick a field goal? Ugh.

  47. kevpft says: Sep 23, 2016 10:22 AM

    We can’t see them, but those letterman jackets are still there. I’m not sure if they’ll ever come off.

  48. Ugadogs21 says: Sep 23, 2016 10:30 AM

    It looked like the techmo bowl playbook. What were they scared of?

    I’ve seen high school offenses with more imagination.

  49. jvw1982 says: Sep 23, 2016 10:40 AM

    At least Arians team put up a fight, Houston never got off the bus…..that was embarrassing, the coaches the players the ownership and fans should be embarrassed with that performance….shut out???? really? you couldn’t get close enough to kick a fg?….with only 3 weeks into the season we have a dead heat on the most over paid QB in the league, Osweiler and Cousins

  50. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 23, 2016 10:47 AM

    I was amazed that the Texans had to know that the Pats would be running a lot… and they still gave up almost 200 yards rushing.

  51. 6ball says: Sep 23, 2016 10:57 AM

    .
    Two years ago the Patriots were scheduled to play the 0-2 Chiefs in Kansas City on Monday night. They were met by a team, fighting for its life, who promptly thrashed them 42-14. That game generated the ” on to Cincinnati” mantra and also a Super Bowl victory.

    The point is that sometimes you just run into a buzz saw. The Texans had a long flight on a short week and it showed. Meanwhile, Belichick spent his time telling every player that if that it was their personal responsibility to ensure that Brissett knew that they had his back and he only had to manage the game in order to win. It showed.
    .

  52. bayousooner90 says: Sep 23, 2016 11:07 AM

    terripet says:
    Sep 23, 2016 7:17 AM
    A good coach would of benched the return man after the first fumble your team was a no show

    It was two different kick returners that fumbled… making it even worse. This team has a ways to go

  53. nhpats says: Sep 23, 2016 11:18 AM

    Its just too bad the Pats don’t get to play the Ravens this season so BB could school Harbaugh one more time. Why? Because the Ravens are playing a last place schedule…

  54. headwoundharry says: Sep 23, 2016 11:20 AM

    Brock is a bust. Elway knows qbs. Am I wrong?

  55. nhpats says: Sep 23, 2016 11:22 AM

    filmex2000 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 8:36 AM
    As a Cards fan, suddenly I feel better knowing that at least we were beaten by Belichick and Garropolo.

    It’s starting to look like the Pats could win with Belichick’s grandmother under center. It appears they will go 4-0 without Brady, which is astonishing.

    —————-

    Hold your head up…..you have a great coach and your team had the Pats against the wall…..and they should have won. Not many teams can say that.

    And if that doesn’t make you feel better, go watch some tape of the Seahawks’ offense!

  56. nhpats says: Sep 23, 2016 11:23 AM

    edahlb says:
    Sep 23, 2016 7:57 AM
    Texans should worry about actually making the playoffs, rather than seeding.

    ————–

    Nahhhhh…..its one game against a tough team. Who else is going to take the AFC South? The Colts……not a chance…..

  57. mrclaytonbigsby says: Sep 23, 2016 11:28 AM

    When 2 of your last 4 games have been shut outs you should start looking in the mirror.

  58. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 23, 2016 11:34 AM

    headwoundharry says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:20 AM

    Brock is a bust. Elway knows


    Is that why Elway offered Brock 16M/year with 30M guaranteed?🙂

    #JustSayin
    #RevisionistHistory

  59. plum54 says: Sep 23, 2016 11:37 AM

    Nhpats:you must be looking @ an old schedule , the Pat’s play the Ravens December 12th on Monday night. So yes, whining Harbaugh will get schooled again.

  60. xpensivewinos says: Sep 23, 2016 11:39 AM

    That was a man against a boy in terms of coaching and preparation.

    The score did not indicate how much of a complete and total beat down that was for virtually every second of the game.

  61. goattoday says: Sep 23, 2016 11:58 AM

    nhpats says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:23 AM
    edahlb says:
    Sep 23, 2016 7:57 AM
    Texans should worry about actually making the playoffs, rather than seeding.
    ————–
    Nahhhhh…..its one game against a tough team. Who else is going to take the AFC South? The Colts……not a chance…..
    _ _ _ _ _ _
    So true!! Colts will finish last in the AFC South which is pretty much last in the NFL.

  62. str8up12 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:09 PM

    Knock Knock
    Who’s there
    Foreign
    Foreign who

  63. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:16 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Sep 23, 2016 8:34 AM

    His name may be Belicheat,
    ———————-

    It isn’t, bitter Don Shula.

  64. youbettercallsaul says: Sep 23, 2016 12:21 PM

    Wonder if they wore their letterman jackets on the plane ride?

  65. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:37 PM

    Good grief, give Osweiler a break. Even the “great” John F. Elway looked terrible his first couple of season.

  66. justsayin70 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:03 PM

    It’s not too early to question the Texans’ logic for signing Osweiler to a monster contract.

  67. goattoday says: Sep 23, 2016 1:05 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 12:37 PM
    Good grief, give Osweiler a break. Even the “great” John F. Elway looked terrible his first couple of season.
    * * * * * *
    Brock is 7-3 as a starter. Not bad, yet.

  68. mmack66 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:27 PM

    justsayin70 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 1:03 PM

    It’s not too early to question the Texans’ logic for signing Osweiler to a monster contract.
    —————————-

    The guy was instrumental in getting the Broncos to the Super Bowl, so I would give him a few more games.

  69. nard100 says: Sep 23, 2016 1:39 PM

    C’mon people, your team is 2-1, not 0-3. The qb had a bad game and the def didn’t show up. Watch the tape and fix it. You still have JJ Watt!

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