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Bill O’Brien: We’ve discussed Colin Kaepernick, he’s a good football player

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien said this week that he’s excited to work with quarterback Tom Savage this season, although owner Bob McNair admitted what many assumed when he said that the team would be looking to add a quarterback to the roster following the trade of Brock Osweiler.

Many believe the quarterback they’d like to add is Tony Romo, but the veteran is in a holding pattern with the Cowboys and their owner Jerry Jones suggested that it isn’t one that will resolve itself in the near future. That may force the Texans to look elsewhere.

The draft is one option, obviously, and there’s also the free agent market. Colin Kaepernick is the biggest name there and coach Bill O’Brien said on a visit to PFT Live that his name has been knocked around in Houston.

“We’ve watched him,” O’Brien said. “Like I’ve said, we feel good about where we’re at right now with Tom and Brandon Weeden, but we’ve watched him and discussed him. I think that’s a fluid situation as far as free agency goes, not just for Colin Kaepernick but for the teams. As you know, your roster’s not totally set until right before you open that season. He’s a good football player, he can run, he’s been coached well by [Jim] Harbaugh and Chip Kelly. Those guys are excellent coaches, so you know the background that he has. We’ll continue to discuss all the positions on our team, but we’ve definitely watched him.”

O’Brien’s answer is different than the one we heard from Browns coach Hue Jackson, who said that the team hasn’t talked about Kaepernick at all this offseason. Discussions don’t necessarily move Kaepernick any closer to a job for the 2017 season, of course, and nothing O’Brien said suggests that the Texans are going to be the team that changes his status to employed.

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46 Responses to “Bill O’Brien: We’ve discussed Colin Kaepernick, he’s a good football player”
  1. lingsun54 says: Mar 29, 2017 10:46 AM

    No, he isn’t a good football player. He’s not a good employee either. A good employee doesn’t do things to cause negative attention to himself. I wouldn’t want him on my team even as a third stringer at NFL minimum.

  2. bworacle says: Mar 29, 2017 10:48 AM

    Owner Bob McNair gave something like $3 million dollars to Republican campaigns last year. No way they sign Kaepernick, especially in Texas.

  3. finnymcphin says: Mar 29, 2017 10:49 AM

    Butter him up all you want O’Brien we all know Kaep is just waiting on the call from Coach Gase to bring his talents to South Beach.

  4. pau49ers says: Mar 29, 2017 10:49 AM

    I hope he finds a home in the NFL. He’s still young and he has talent.

  5. mogogo1 says: Mar 29, 2017 10:49 AM

    Hard to imagine two less popular QBs back-to-back than Osweiler and Kaepernick. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

  6. weepingjebus says: Mar 29, 2017 10:51 AM

    If there’s any place in the country that will love Kaepernick’s zany antics, it’s Texas. Good call.

  7. diehardfootballfan says: Mar 29, 2017 10:51 AM

    Tom Savage and Brandon Weldon LOL LOL LOL LOL

  8. ireallydontcareonesinglebit says: Mar 29, 2017 10:54 AM

    While there are way too many articles about this guy and it’s getting beyond lame, it’s hard to not enjoy hearing each team say no thanks not interested in their own ways.

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 29, 2017 10:55 AM

    Honestly, I can’t believe teams are EVEN entertaining even looking at QB’s like Kap and Manziel…..I just don’t get it.

  10. bigbaldpapahawk says: Mar 29, 2017 10:58 AM

    That’s NFL language for “I’d like to convert him to another position.”

  11. monarch76 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:00 AM

    I doubt the people of Houston want this guy who protests dead soldiers representing their city. When you protest the national Anthem fans don’t want you on their team.

  12. bigbaldpapahawk says: Mar 29, 2017 11:00 AM

    That’s NFLese for “I’d like to switch him to another position.”.

  13. vinzclorth0 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:01 AM

    Such a feel-good story!

  14. niners816 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:04 AM

    The Texans are the most boring franchise in the NFL. I don’t like them but I don’t hate them, they are just boring. Kaep would definitely bring them attention. At least they would be in the headlines.

  15. redandgoldhitman52 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:09 AM

    I’d sign Vince young before krapernick any day. Where’s all the blackball talk regarding Vince young? He’s a much better qb than krapernick.

  16. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Mar 29, 2017 11:09 AM

    Queue all the internet tough guys who couldn’t beat their way out of a wet paper bag and have never done anything to help their communities

  17. jnovi86 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:14 AM

    Sounds like a good fit, Kap wants more money than he’s worth and the Texans are apparently more than willing to over-pay for a mediocre QB.

  18. baldbuc says: Mar 29, 2017 11:23 AM

    Bob McNair is the polar opposite of Jerry Jones in one aspect. He has only wanted “model citizens” or players of “solid character” on his team even to the team’s detriment. There is NO WAY he would sign off on bringing in Kaepernick.

    They’ll end up with Romo one way or the other.

  19. finnymcphin says: Mar 29, 2017 11:27 AM

    staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says:
    Mar 29, 2017 11:09 AM
    Queue all the internet tough guys who couldn’t beat their way out of a wet paper bag and have never done anything to help their communities
    ********************************

    Preach it brother! Here in Miami we know Kaep is a real American hero.

  20. texansfan82 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:29 AM

    I actually think the team will add two QBs this offseason – they will add Tony Romo as a free agent (with hopefully a heavily incentivized contract for avoiding injury) and another one in the draft (maybe even in the 1st). I like Tom Savage as a backup, but I don’t think he’ll ever be more than that. He’s a guy who can come into a game when the other team hasn’t game-planned for him and make some throws. But when other teams were prepared to face him you could see the warts in his game.

    Sign Tony Romo for a year or two and then draft a long-term replacement to learn behind him.

  21. factschecker says: Mar 29, 2017 11:35 AM

    Garoppolo for Clowney doesn’t seem too far fetched to me?

  22. stexan says: Mar 29, 2017 11:37 AM

    “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”

    Mark Twain

    A perfect quote for the “patriots” on this page; especially the one ^ who lies about Kap protesting dead soldiers.

  23. djvh2 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:41 AM

    “Colin Kaepernick is the biggest name there”

    By “biggest name”, you must mean that his name has the most letters in it, because Cutler is much better than Kaepernick. Romo will become available, and he is also much better.

  24. reecan says: Mar 29, 2017 11:46 AM

    Kaepernick said it himslef “Its more than just about Football” regarding his protest. Now people are taking the same position only 180 degs of his thinking and “Its More than just about Football”.
    Most Americans are getting tired of this anti American mind set these snoke flakes have now. Not going to put up with it anymore.

  25. wtfru2 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:47 AM

    He’s a good football player, he can run, he’s been coached well by [Jim] Harbaugh and Chip Kelly.

    Neither of which are in the NFL…..

  26. factschecker says: Mar 29, 2017 11:49 AM

    Many people have no difficulty keeping their business beliefs, religious (or spiritual) beliefs, political beliefs separated from each other on a daily basis.

    Party before everything else is quite extreme and seems to be extremely popular to be an extremist these days. I don’t get the fascination with extremism these days but it seems to be all the rage in Murcia.

  27. factschecker says: Mar 29, 2017 11:52 AM

    Sign Tony Romo for a year or two and then draft a long-term replacement to learn behind him.
    ———
    Yeah because the NFL is just full of QB’s that sat and learned behind the starter for a couple of years. I’m not suggesting that it’s not a good idea as much as I’m pointing out that it’s not really a viable option.

  28. mcwest1 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:57 AM

    O’Brien’s assessment of Kaepernick – he can run and was coached well. Tell’s you all you need to know about why Kaepernick isn’t on an NFL roster.

  29. 1captain1 says: Mar 29, 2017 11:58 AM

    I want mindless employees.

  30. billymutt says: Mar 29, 2017 12:17 PM

    Please just stop already with the constant barrage of reports on this turd. No-one cares, he’s not relevant any longer. Geez.

  31. htowntexan says: Mar 29, 2017 12:27 PM

    he is better than any quarterback currently on the roster (Savage sucks). it would be stupid not to consider him.

  32. guyjuneguyjune says: Mar 29, 2017 12:35 PM

    “I feel excited about Tom Savage.” You must be kidding! This team has a real chance to again make the playoffs and they discharged Osweiler without the owner knowing about it and now their left with back-ups they’re excited about? They’ve screwed-up big time. There’s an old Hebrew saying, “Don’t throw away dirty water until you have clean.” There’s always the draft,” Hello! There’s no rookie out there that’s going to lead them to the play-offs this season or beyond. The Texans are now in limbo for 2017. W-e-l-l, there’s Matt Castle and some others….. Sad.

  33. nothinbutathang says: Mar 29, 2017 12:35 PM

    Years with a good Defense wasted because you keep trying to fix your QB problems with a band-aid. Could you image if the Texans had a Brees or a Brady the last 5-years?

  34. uopclod says: Mar 29, 2017 12:58 PM

    If I’m a Texan season ticket holder, they sign Kaeperneck I’d demand my money back and walk away from my season tickets. The guys and anti-American bum; simple as that.

  35. petedutcherjr says: Mar 29, 2017 12:59 PM

    Translation:

    “H3LL no! But I ain’t stupid enough to say so to the media.”

  36. exhelodrvr says: Mar 29, 2017 1:01 PM

    Kaepernick is a bigger name in free agency than Cutler?

  37. abninf says: Mar 29, 2017 1:23 PM

    finnymcphin says:

    Preach it brother! Here in Miami we know Kaep is a real American hero.
    ================================

    Then why was he almost booed out of the stadium in Miami?

  38. ireallydontcareonesinglebit says: Mar 29, 2017 1:26 PM

    guyjuneguyjune says:
    Mar 29, 2017 12:35 PM
    There’s an old Hebrew saying, “Don’t throw away dirty water until you have clean.”

    _________________________________________

    While I’m usually a fan of old sayings, that has to be one of the dumbest I’ve ever heard.

  39. bluenose1965 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:37 PM

    Bob McNair doesn’t court controversial players. There is zero chance the Texans will sign Kaepernick.

  40. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 29, 2017 1:46 PM

    guyjuneguyjune says:
    Mar 29, 2017 12:35 PM
    “I feel excited about Tom Savage.” You must be kidding! This team has a real chance to again make the playoffs and they discharged Osweiler without the owner knowing about it and now their left with back-ups they’re excited about? They’ve screwed-up big time. There’s an old Hebrew saying, “Don’t throw away dirty water until you have clean.” There’s always the draft,” Hello! There’s no rookie out there that’s going to lead them to the play-offs this season or beyond. The Texans are now in limbo for 2017. W-e-l-l, there’s Matt Castle and some others….. Sad.
    ——–
    Yup, by releasing him they really gave Jerrah the upper hand by letting him know they wanted him. Now they cannot pick up Romo for free but must trade.

  41. omeimontis says: Mar 29, 2017 2:06 PM

    Jerry Jones is playing the game of chicken with teams that may want to sign Romo but won’t trade for him. He is hoping that these teams will blink and trade for Romo so that he can be familiar with the plays that will be run before the season begins. OTOH, these teams may try to outwait Jones to save both money and draft picks, knowing that Jones would not want to pay Romo to sit on the bench.

  42. ogawdwhereami says: Mar 29, 2017 2:35 PM

    Played much better than Gabbert.

  43. rcali says: Mar 29, 2017 3:37 PM

    Yeah, I can’t see a pro-America place like Texas being the best spot for this guy. If Austin had a team, maybe he could seek sanctuary there.

  44. west4567 says: Mar 30, 2017 9:58 PM

    Kap is a better QB than anyone who’s on the TX roster. If he wants redemption there’s no better place than with the Texans.

    But Kap hasn’t really asked for forgiveness. Should he? (I wouldn’t – I just wouldn’t). But Texans may be squeamish with anything less.

    Going to Houston may not be a good deal for the Texans, but it would be good for Kap.

  45. seventeenand0 says: Apr 2, 2017 9:00 PM

    This guy is a cancer. His next boss will be a 18 year old shift manager at Arby’s.

  46. alxscan says: Apr 5, 2017 5:02 PM

    Not here in Texas baby. I must say it intrigues me cause he has done good things. but we too USA proud down here for that ish.

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