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Bill O’Brien: Clemson’s sophisticated offense helped Deshaun Watson

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NFL coaches often say that college football offenses don’t really get quarterbacks ready to play at the next level. But Texans coach Bill O’Brien says that’s not the case with his rookie quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

O’Brien says Watson ran an offense at Clemson that forced him to develop a mind for football at the highest level.

“He had to learn a pretty sophisticated offense at Clemson,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “He had to do a lot of things at the line of scrimmage. I think he was trained really well. That’s a credit to the Clemson staff. He’d already been in some big games when he got here. When he came here, he put his head down and came to work every day.”

O’Brien has already been impressed with Watson’s football intellect, based only on spring practices.

“For being a rookie, he’s wise beyond his years. He asks great questions in the morning meeting, and you can tell he’s studied the night before. Every practice isn’t perfect. He knows he needs to get a lot better. And he did get better every day during the spring. It’s no pads, of course. It’s not real football, but he did improve in his knowledge of the offense,” O’Brien said.

If Watson keeps that up, he should be ready to start in Week One.

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19 Responses to “Bill O’Brien: Clemson’s sophisticated offense helped Deshaun Watson”
  1. karmathaitch says: Jun 24, 2017 12:12 PM

    He’s a good kid. Hope the best for him and the Texans fans.

  2. therealraider says: Jun 24, 2017 12:29 PM

    When Watson walked off the field after winning the National Championship. I thought to myself “that guy should go #1”. Somehow, someway .. Draft experts nit-picked his game just enough to convince themselves not only was he not the best player, but that he wasnt even the best QB. Watson is a winner always has been, always will be. I have no doubt O’Brien will groom him right and Watson will shine.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 24, 2017 12:50 PM

    The Texans with a good QB take the AFCS easily.

  4. boknowsvt says: Jun 24, 2017 12:56 PM

    For a supposed QB guru, O’Brien sure has done a lousy job developing any Texan QBs.

  5. rockstar904 says: Jun 24, 2017 1:09 PM

    I hope the Texans tank. No hate on Watson, I hope he has a long career losing.

    And the last line of this article is priceless. He should be ready to start week 1…lmao…

  6. mototax says: Jun 24, 2017 1:33 PM

    boknowsvt says:
    Jun 24, 2017 12:56 PM
    For a supposed QB guru, O’Brien sure has done a lousy job developing any Texan QBs.
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    Not really! Hard to say any QB he’s had to date was a developmental player, just moderately skilled back-ups. However, Savage belongs to O’Brien so this will give us a good look at BO’s ability to develop a guy.

  7. liparulos says: Jun 24, 2017 2:18 PM

    I think what Bill O’Brien meant to say was that he looks forward to watching Deshaun Watson come up to the line and call out quadratic equations and flap his arms in the Bill’s Big Brain Offense! Should be fun!

  8. absolutevisuals says: Jun 24, 2017 4:39 PM

    Now he’s in Bill O’Brien’s anemic offense.

  9. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Jun 24, 2017 5:41 PM

    therealraider says:Jun 24, 2017 12:29 PM

    When Watson walked off the field after winning the National Championship. I thought to myself “that guy should go #1”. Somehow, someway .. Draft experts nit-picked his game just enough to convince themselves not only was he not the best player, but that he wasnt even the best QB. Watson is a winner always has been, always will be. I have no doubt O’Brien will groom him right and Watson will shine.

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    Wow slow down, you sound like the people talking about Vince Young after he beat UCLA in the title game… We all know how that worked out.

  10. sgrvn329 says: Jun 24, 2017 5:59 PM

    It’s easy to be a QB guru when your QB is Tom Brady! The title QB guru is thrown around like candy. If some of the coaches are in the same time zone as a good QB they are labeled a QB guru.

  11. jagsfanugh says: Jun 24, 2017 6:58 PM

    This is going to be a fun season..till playoffs. Here is hoping NE falls flat.

  12. jpoh333 says: Jun 24, 2017 7:00 PM

    From what I saw of Watson he mainly had one read and he usually stared down that one read. The Clemson offense was nothing close to an NFL offense.

  13. nyctraffic says: Jun 24, 2017 10:30 PM

    Watson was a ballboy in high school for the Falcons and threw with Roddy White and Julio Jones a decent amount. They encouraged him, as did Matt Ryan, and have spoken about his success since then. Seems he’s been around the right people and has a shot at success.

  14. alonestartexan says: Jun 25, 2017 1:30 AM

    I said day one that O’Brien/Smith screwed up by passing over Derek Carr twice, and for what? Because his brother didn’t live up to the hype?

    Clowney has finally lived up to the hype but Sua’Filo? Meh.. Anyway, they wanted Garropolo but he didn’t fall like they thought he would, Savage was the fallback.

    O’Brien hasn’t had the opportunity to develop a QB that’s worth anything to this point due to the pressure of winning with a Championship defense. Mallet? Hoyer? Fitzpatrick? Keenum? Yates? Weeden? all guys he thought could manage the offense well enough to win with a dominant defensive. Why not? Trent Dilfer did it.

    I think they’re all at the point now where they know they’re going nowhere without a quality QB because Indy and Tennessee improved majorly and that a 9-7 or even 10-6 probably won’t win the division anymore.

  15. getitrightflorio says: Jun 25, 2017 9:42 AM

    Watson was a great pick teams will regret passing on him

  16. tonebones says: Jun 25, 2017 10:28 AM

    jpoh333 says:
    Jun 24, 2017 7:00 PM
    From what I saw of Watson he mainly had one read and he usually stared down that one read. The Clemson offense was nothing close to an NFL offense.
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    You sound like one of the only people who actually watched him play. Lots of his throws were horribly off target. Most of the time Clemson relied on crossing routes (pick plays) that get penalized a lot in the NFL. If those weren’t wide open, Watson often ran the ball. He also stared at his first read so long, he got lots of balls batted down at the line of scrimmage. He completed a lot of passes to #7 (Williams) that were pretty much thrown up for grabs. That won’t happen at the next level. There is a long list of college QBs who won national championships, but never made it in the pros. Bill O’Brien would be the best QB coach of all time if he can turn this kid into an NFL QB.

  17. thun2der says: Jun 25, 2017 11:38 AM

    I agree Tone. Laughable how the media machine always tries to hype black QBs. Anyone that did watch Watson play would have seen that he is not accurate, which would be a major problem in the NFL. He is not experienced at going through all his checks, because if his 1st option was covered he ran the ball, which he won’t be able to do in the pros. Watson may one day make it, but the odds are against him. The media should wait to hype him once he actually achieves something in the NFL. He may end up like Wilson, but more likely like Bob Griffin, Kaep, Vick, the waaaay over rated Cam, etc..

  18. dee1006 says: Jun 25, 2017 12:39 PM

    One thing people are missing is just the fact that O’Brien actually said this much praise for Watson. Usually it’s cliches & all about the team. The only other players who’ve earned specific praise from O’Brien are Watt, Mercilus, Clowney, & Hopkins.

    That’s gotta say something.

    Savage is finally getting first team reps, & looking fairly decent, but he’s got to keep working hard & stay healthy if he wants to keep the starter spot for 2017. He’ll definitely do the former, but the latter is questionable.

  19. htown1035 says: Jun 26, 2017 10:47 AM

    thun2der says:
    Jun 25, 2017 11:38 AM

    I agree Tone. Laughable how the media machine always tries to hype black QBs. Anyone that did watch Watson play would have seen that he is not accurate, which would be a major problem in the NFL. He is not experienced at going through all his checks, because if his 1st option was covered he ran the ball, which he won’t be able to do in the pros. Watson may one day make it, but the odds are against him. The media should wait to hype him once he actually achieves something in the NFL. He may end up like Wilson, but more likely like Bob Griffin, Kaep, Vick, the waaaay over rated Cam, etc..
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    That’s why it’s better to listen to NFL professional scouts and coaches instead of opinions of guys who watched him on TV and don’t know what kinds of plays or instructions he was given in the background.

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