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Bill O’Brien “not happy” with how offense has played

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans has words with line judge Tony Veteri #36 after the play clock expired late in the second quarter aTennessee Titans at NRG Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

After the Texans beat the Titans at home in Week Four, coach Bill O’Brien said he wasn’t concerned about the way quarterback Brock Osweiler was playing.

Week Five found the Texans in Minneapolis, where they fell behind the Vikings 24-0 in a game they ultimately lost 31-13 behind an offense that produced just 214 yards. It was the Texans’ second loss on the road — they lost 27-0 to the Patriots in Week Three — and the offense has been a mess in both games.

On Monday, O’Brien didn’t change his tune when it came to concerns about Osweiler but he did say his team needs to get on track offensively.

“I’m not happy with the way the offense has played, but I’m not blaming it on anybody,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “The first thing I did was look in the mirror and try to figure out what I can do better against the Colts. I take responsibility for it because that’s where the responsibility lies. You want to have a smart, fundamentally sound, productive team, and that’s not what we’ve had on the road.”

One way the offense could improve is getting the ball to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins more often. Hopkins had five catches against the Vikings and has 22 for 283 on the year on the season, which leaves him well off the pace he set on the way to 111 catches and 1,521 yards. Hopkins said “nobody’s perfect” when asked about his developing chemistry with Osweiler, but something a bit closer would go a long way toward solving the offensive woes in Houston.

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  1. ketelwon says: Oct 11, 2016 10:27 AM

    O’Brien has proven himself to be a blustering fraud. Quarterback guru? Give me a break. Every single quarterback he has had in Houston has regressed under his “tutelage”. Now he has sacrificed the future if the franchise for a QB with second worse rating in football.
    This whole franchise is a mess.

  2. maust1013 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:28 AM

    “The first thing I did was look in the mirror and try to figure out what I can do better against the Colts. I take responsibility for it because that’s where the responsibility lies”

    Ryan Grigson has obviously never looked in a mirror for that reason

  3. mball13 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:32 AM

    Let us all remember that they passed on Derek Carr as he was on the “do not draft” list because of David Carr…great rationale

  4. patsxsaintsfan says: Oct 11, 2016 10:35 AM

    I don’t think obrien is a bad coach but he isn’t a great one. The Texans have a good RB a great WR core and a solid defense. I understand loosing the game 24-14 but to not even put points on the board until you are down 24-0 is pathetic. I mean you can just chuck it to Hopkins deep a few times and sooner or later he will come down with one in field goal range.

  5. stealthjunk says: Oct 11, 2016 10:37 AM

    I’m sure a whole lot of fans aren’t happy with the way you signed Osweiler to a $72m contract either, Bill.

  6. alewatcher says: Oct 11, 2016 10:48 AM

    Using the term “offense” loosely.

  7. pastabelly says: Oct 11, 2016 11:02 AM

    At best, this team would be 4-1 now and is without its best player and working a new quarterback into its system. The biggest cause of concern is the chemistry between Hopkins and Osweiler. As problems go with NFL teams, this one rates at the lower end and can be fixed with time.

  8. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 11, 2016 11:05 AM

    I would guess the team is not happy how they are being coached either.

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 11, 2016 11:07 AM

    O’Brien was a product of the Patriots system. Otherwise he is not a head coach material.

  10. footballisnotthatimportant says: Oct 11, 2016 11:11 AM

    Xavier Rhodes is just going around ruining seasons for other teams.

  11. idiedpretty says: Oct 11, 2016 11:16 AM

    But Bill, your new QB thinks it’s “hilarious” for anyone to question how the offense has played.

  12. In Teddy We Trust says: Oct 11, 2016 11:41 AM

    If you want your offense to play well, then don’t play the Patriots and Vikings.

  13. zoxitic says: Oct 11, 2016 11:44 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Oct 11, 2016 11:02 AM
    At best, this team would be 4-1 now and is without its best player and working a new quarterback into its system

    ______________________________________________

    4-1? You had zero chance of winning the NE or Minn game.

  14. htowntexan says: Oct 11, 2016 11:45 AM

    Play calling needs to be taken away from BOB. And all personnel decisions. And all other coaching responsibilities. Then we may have a decent team.

  15. mrclaytonbigsby says: Oct 11, 2016 11:57 AM

    The greatest trick the Belichick ever pulled was to convince the league his assistant coaches are head coach material. He disperses them to the AFC to keep entire franchises at the bottom. The scorched earth after they are let go is eye opening.

    Eric Mangini
    Romeo Crennel
    Josh McDaniels
    Bill O’Brien

    The man is a genius.

  16. mogogo1 says: Oct 11, 2016 12:02 PM

    Hopkins put up big numbers with Hoyer, Yates, etc. but big dollar Osweiler can’t find him. There’s $18 million down the drain. Osweiler doesn’t seem to have the attitude of a guy who is going to develop and learn. He finds criticism to be “hilarious” and makes the same mistakes week after week.

  17. stexan says: Oct 11, 2016 12:07 PM

    O’Brien is the main reason this team went 9-7 the last 2 years – that’s a good thing considering they were 2-14 Kubiak’s last year. So I have a hard time blaming him.

    What bothers me about the offence is that no one seems to be able to get open consistently – Osweiler’s not throwing into coverage because he wants to but because he has to – no one can get separation. And considering we’re talking Nuk and Fuller, that makes me look at the OC. I’m thinking Godsey’s not going to be around much longer if this keeps up.

  18. realfootballfan says: Oct 11, 2016 12:15 PM

    Don’t worry. Rick Smith and Bob McNair are going to fire you at the end of the year if you don’t make the playoffs with the QB they brought in without your approval, lol.

  19. mrclaytonbigsby says: Oct 11, 2016 12:33 PM

    Osweiler finds O’Brien’s comments HILARIOUS!

  20. QB Film Room says: Oct 11, 2016 12:46 PM

    Shouldnt have doubted Hoyer!!! Bill is a good coach and even QB coach but he doesn’t have the needed sixth sense when picking and sticking with a QB.

  21. QB Film Room says: Oct 11, 2016 12:48 PM

    Hoyer vs Osweiler …

    Arm Power – Brock
    Accuracy – Hoyer
    Touch – Hoyer
    Feet- Hoyer
    Deep Ball – Brock
    Throwing over and around defender – Hoyer
    Decision Making – Hoyer

    Athleticism – Brock

    What went wrong here?

  22. truths4all says: Oct 11, 2016 12:55 PM

    The Texans fell behind 24-0 which was no offense, but ALSO NO DEFENSE.

    So why is the focus only on the QB and not the bad pass blocking, bad run blocking, and no yards by the running backs?

    No wonder the Texan fans and, naturally, brain dead sports writers can only focus on one aspect for the football team.

    For the mindless, mental midgets, its too complex to really understand the many crucial aspects of NFL football and what it takes to compete.

  23. QB Film Room says: Oct 11, 2016 1:20 PM

    If you watch the Osweiler All 22 from week 1, 2 3, 4 and now 5 he is leaving throws on the field and not anticipating things. Brock has a Cannon but he is not processing things pre snap there were countless times even in week 1 and 2 wins where he left BIG throws on the field..

  24. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 11, 2016 2:05 PM

    The texans should not panic, look at the division they are in.

  25. goattoday says: Oct 11, 2016 4:47 PM

    mball13 says:
    Oct 11, 2016 10:32 AM
    Let us all remember that they passed on Derek Carr as he was on the “do not draft” list because of David Carr…great rationale
    – – – – – – – – – – – –
    The only accurate part of your post is passing on Carr. The Texans (and no other team) considered Carr a number one overall pick. Was Clowney the best pick? Probably not but this Carr/Bortles hindsight is far-fetched!

  26. goattoday says: Oct 11, 2016 4:50 PM

    stealthjunk says:
    Oct 11, 2016 10:37 AM
    I’m sure a whole lot of fans aren’t happy with the way you signed Osweiler to a $72m contract either, Bill.
    – – – – – – – –
    Uh, Rick Smith made the deal, not Bill.

  27. justbegbaby says: Oct 12, 2016 2:43 PM

    Trade JJ Watt for Romo now!

  28. coastiejoe says: Oct 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    People are quick to blame Osweiler for the offensive woes, but I would say he is 20% of the problem at most. The Texans offensive line is in shambles. The run game is non-existent which allows teams to play 2 high safeties, completely negating Hopkins and Fuller.

    Until they figure out how to get the run game going, stand by for heavy rolls.

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