Bob McNair: We’re working on getting a quarterback

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After Ryan Mallett’s adventures with the snooze button led him to miss a Texans team flight in October, there were reports of disagreement between Texans coach Bill O’Brien and General Manager Rick Smith about how to handle moving on without Mallett.

All parties involved, including team owner Bob McNair, denied any rift and said that the power-sharing arrangement between O’Brien and Smith was not causing problems inside the organization. That means both men will be back in Houston for the 2016 season and they’ll share in the responsibility to fix the biggest issue with the team.

That would be the lack of a franchise quarterback, of course, and McNair said the team will be doing whatever they can to bring that player into the building.

“I don’t think there’s any question,” McNair said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve been saying that. The question is what’s available, and what’s the price? How many draft picks might you have to give up? You can’t undermine the rest of your team while you’re trying to get a quarterback. This isn’t a department store where they have them on the shelf, and you just pick one up. It’s a question of who’s available. We’re working on that. We think there are some good prospects out there.”

The Texans landed the 22nd spot in the first round and moving up to the top of the draft would likely carry the kind of undermining cost that McNair talked about on Tuesday. One name that’s sure to come up in relation to the Texans’ quarterback search is Christian Hackenberg, who was recruited to Penn State by O’Brien and declared for the draft earlier this month.

47 responses to “Bob McNair: We’re working on getting a quarterback

  1. Smith is still GM? For all the good and bad things one can say about Mr. McNair, one can never question his patience and loyalty.

    I cannot believe he still has confidence in Rick Smith to manage this team.

  2. Derek Carr was sitting right there.

    My brother is a better athlete than me but a mental midget. I went way up the line while he petered out in HS.

    Beyond dumb to think one brother is the same as another. Shows me you don’t even pay attention to your own kids…

  3. The problem with these teams is that they expect too much from a QB. If you happen to get a Roethlisberger or Brady, great. But there aren’t very many of them. The way to win is to get a Joe Flacco or Andy Dalton and then put the weapons around them to make them successful. You don’t have to have a HOF QB to be a SB winner. Ask the Ravens. They have two SB winners and neither is going to the HOF without buying a ticket.

  4. I will be amazed if they don’ t throw the checkbook at Sam Bradford.

    I think he is going to get grossly overpaid due to a lack of options intertwined with their desperation.

  5. The most important position on the roster is the QB. Second most important is the back up QB. Houston doesn’t even have one decent QB. Who’s that guy we always see on TV sitting next to the owner? What’s he saying?

  6. RG3 is their guy, I have heard this numerous times.

    and coming from a Redskins fan, I wish him and the Texans the best

  7. Mr McNair are you interested in a former 1st pick that would absolutely be available?

    The Texans could grab Bradford for a 4th at this point. Brings Sam home to Texas, he’d come cheap & with Hopkins & some RB’s & OL could be prefect for what O’Brien wants to run in Houston.

  8. So a team can’t get a good quarterback picking 22 or lower? Picking in the teens and single digits means you will get a good one?

    Draft position means very little. The hype is mostly marketing. Teams that pick consistently in the high 20s to low 30s tend to remain consistently good while teams that pick consistently in the top half of the draft seem to rarely get any better for an appreciable period of time.

    Whether you get good players and build a good team, particularly at the important positions like QB and OL/DL, depends more on the management of the team than draft position.

    If O’Brien learned anything from the Dark Lord in New England, we will see the Texans embark on a smart offseason, standing pat or perhaps trading down in the draft.

  9. Whats wrong with Hoyer? I thought he did pretty well last Saturday except for the 4 interceptions, the fumble, and not being able to come close to a receiver with any of his passes. I thought you guys said we were set in the preseason?

  10. Maybe they’ll draft more defensive players in the early rounds.

    They don’t need to spend a first round on a running back but it might be wise to draft a running back before the 7th round.

    Quarterback remains the biggest hole on this roster.

  11. There’s no need to trade up. Stay where you are and grab NDSU QB Carson Wentz. All he did in his college career was win FCS championships in Frisco Texas.

  12. I just can’t imagine how good they would be if they hadn’t passed on Bortles, Carr (twice!), and even Bridgewater. I’m not sure how Rick Smith still has a job after not swinging for a QB in that draft. They are literally wasting away the career of the best defender of our generation.

  13. A season ago, I would’ve said the answer to your problems is right under your nose in your own division: Zach Mettenberger. However, seeing the way he played this year in relief, I’ve started losing confidence in him even being a solid back-up.

    – Titans Fan

  14. Decent O-Line, Good at the WR and RB spot. Killer D, yep……….a more than average QB will certainly help them out in that mess of a division.

  15. mehhh. Should’ve taken Blake Bortles.. Should’ve taken Carr’s little brother.. Stop trying to draft D-ends and turn them into OLB’s… PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. This team could have Derrick Johnson, Khali Mack, whoever was there the same year we took whitney merclus.. ugh.. Please just take actual LBS.. Now you have to take a QB. Idc if you draft 3 of them this off season. JUST DO IT.

  16. Just wait for New England to cut it’s backup, since HC thinks anybody who slept in Foxboro is like Brady.

  17. need to look for a new GM first. if we take Hackenberg im selling my tickets for each game until we get rid of obrien and smith, which won’t be long with hackenberg at the helm.

  18. Bridgewater, Carr, or Bortles, and this team would’ve been much better off than with Clowney….they had their chance…

  19. “You can’t undermine the rest of your team while you’re trying to get a quarterback. ”

    You can do that IF the QB is going to be a sure hit. The problem of course is that it’s harder to know if they will be.

    Amusing if this guy doesn’t think having a true (not lame guys like Tannehill) top franchise QB is the most important thing for the team.

  20. clk320cpe says:
    Jan 13, 2016 8:09 AM
    Mr McNair are you interested in a former 1st pick that would absolutely be available?

    The Texans could grab Bradford for a 4th at this point. Brings Sam home to Texas, he’d come cheap & with Hopkins & some RB’s & OL could be prefect for what O’Brien wants to run in Houston.

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    Or Bradford would be “free” considering he’s an UFA this year….

  21. UNREAL, draft the kid from SDSU, all he did was win in college. Get this guy get that guy… hmmmmm, TIM TEBOW has only won in college and the pros…..still no job? You morons still think you can teach losers to win? NO, you cant. Winners win and losers lose!!

  22. jjb0811 says:
    Jan 13, 2016 7:51 AM
    Didn’t have to give up any pick to draft Bortles over Clowney, just need better scouting department.
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    I see your point. Hindsight is 20/20 but no way, knowing what we knew then, do you use a first overall on Bortles. Texans blew it later passing on Bridgewater and Carr.

    Personally, with all the question marks about Clowney, I would have taken Mack. There just wasn’t any other player worthy of that pick.

    Another option would have been to leverage the pick for more players.

    Like I said, 20/20.

  23. Good thinking there Houston. If you can’t move up to the top of the draft you’ll never draft a good QB. It’s not like you can draft a top quality franchise QB in the 6th round……unless you really have a great scouting staff. Meanwhile I am in the sign RGIII faction in addition to another good candidate.

  24. Just got rid of Mallett, so please no cancer causing agents like RGIII or JFF.
    Bradford to me looks like Hoyer with a stronger arm, but might be the best available option if you don’t have to break the bank.
    I’d like to see what Savage can do, as well.

    Start calling this “The Curse of David Carr” as McNair’s refused to spend a high draft pick on a QB ever since.

  25. Bridgewater also didn’t singlehandedly lose games for the Vikings like a whole succession of Houston QBs have done — so thanks for passing on him.

  26. Let me start with NO I HAVE NOT BEEN DRINKING!!

    Sign Drew Brees as soon as the Saints release him for salary cap purposes and draft the best QB available at 22 to learn behind Brees for a year(ish). It’s worked before.

    Steve McNair sat behind Chris Chandler
    Aaron Rogers sat behind Brett Favre for 3 years!!

    Brees for a couple while say Carson Wentz learns the speed of the NFL and the system???

  27. rayvid says:
    Jan 13, 2016 4:40 PM
    Let me start with NO I HAVE NOT BEEN DRINKING!!

    Sign Drew Brees as soon as the Saints release him for salary cap purposes and draft the best QB available at 22 to learn behind Brees for a year(ish). It’s worked before.

    Steve McNair sat behind Chris Chandler
    Aaron Rogers sat behind Brett Favre for 3 years!!

    Brees for a couple while say Carson Wentz learns the speed of the NFL and the system???

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    I’ll drink to that!

  28. QB, huh? Houston could sign Drew Brees with Aaron Rodgers as a backup and nothing would change. Cause Houston just doesn’t get it.
    The problem isn’t the QB. 4 cast-off Texan QB’s from 2014-15 started and won for their respective teams in week 16.. just weren’t talented enough to perform for BOB. That’s the one and only common denominator to the QB situation. I can only imagine how ecstatic Mallett was that he wasn’t there for the debacle against KC. Maybe you’re not giving the guy enough credit. Maybe that position with the Ravens was in the works before he exited Houston. Mallett himself said that getting cut was the best thing for him. Does that translate to anyone?

  29. Hackenberg is not quite as good as Mallett. Or Hoyer. Likely, he is the most overrated QB that has declared for the draft. If the Texans pick him, they will be in the same boat they are in now.

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