Bill O’Brien, Texans are in a “good place”

AP

It doesn’t seem that long ago that everyone wondered whether Bill O’Brien would coach the Texans in 2018. Now, he has a new contract, with a raise, and a new General Manager — Brian Gaine — who is a close friend.

I love working here,” O’Brien told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I like the way we’re set up right now. I really enjoy coaching the players. I say that every year, but it’s true.”

O’Brien has job security, and a chance to have a good team.

“I think this organization’s in a good place right now,” O’Brien said.

Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus all return from injuries this season. Watson looks like the franchise quarterback the Texans have hunted for since 2002.

They drafted David Carr, traded for Matt Schaub and signed Brock Osweiler. None worked out.

Watson threw 19 touchdown passes, an NFL record for a quarterback in his first seven games, before blowing out his right knee in a November 2 practice.

“It’s great for our organization to have that stability at quarterback,” O’Brien said, “and it’s because of Deshaun. He’s a really good guy. He’s a fun guy to coach. He wants to be challenged. He wants to constantly improve. He loves the game. He loves coming in every day and going to work. I love his mindset and approach to things.”

O’Brien and the Texans indeed appear to be in a “good place” for this season and beyond.

23 responses to “Bill O’Brien, Texans are in a “good place”

  1. Well…..They certainly have a better starting QB than the other so called starting QB in Texas.

  2. If Watson comes back and plays like he did last year yes you are in a very good place. Loved the way the kid handled himself on and off the field. Pains me somewhat because i’m a cowboy fan.

  3. Schaub “didn’t work out”? I don’t know about that…1-2 in the playoff’s and he is no HOF Qb, but he did his part (all time Texans leading passer for one). As a 3rd pick from a different team he did more than Carr or anyone else before or since (Watson will probably do more eventually).

  4. mybigthirdleg says:
    June 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    As long as you’re not in California or New York City, you’re in a good place!

    Dude I’ve been to Houston in the summer and I rather be riding a NY subway at 3am.

  5. since when did houston texas become a good place? just kidding. but for real bill o brien is a terrible coach and they need to ditch him before he squanders any more talent. never for get that one time bill obriens game plan called for tom savage to throw the ball 40+ times in a tight game with the highest paid running back getting blocking assignments and flats routes.

  6. I’ll give you Carr and Osweiler not working out. But Schaub did. He is no Hall of Famer, but he certainly worked out for several years with Kubiak until he got the yips.

  7. No way JJ Watt can return to form after all those injuries. I think he’s at the “good player” phase of his career right now as opposed to being dominant.
    We shall see.

  8. Their running game needs work. Even before Watson’s injury, Lamar Miller seemed like he lost his ability to read holes and break long runs. Their O-line needs work…

  9. I remember all the praise of Dak his first year and the great stats (oh and he stayed healthy)…let’s see Watson this year before he’s anointed. My bet is Dak ends up a better QB this year and after…HTRS

  10. mybigthirdleg says:
    June 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    As long as you’re not in California or New York City, you’re in a good place!

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    As long as you are in California or New York City, you’re in a good place!

    Fixed it for you

  11. Texans in a ” good place ” ??? For now yes … wait till the Jaguars kick that but and sweep them again and we will see how good of a place there feel in after that … ha ha ha … #JagNationTitleTime

  12. Schaub worked out pretty well until Fat Albert Haynesworth deliberately injured him by falling on his leg. He didn’t start throwing all those INTs until after he came back from that injury.

  13. yodaddycrapper says:
    June 20, 2018 at 11:49 pm
    Texans in a ” good place ” ??? For now yes … wait till the Jaguars kick that but and sweep them again and we will see how good of a place there feel in after that … ha ha ha … #JagNationTitleTime
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    Lol….. talk about Johnny Come Lately over here. You literally had ONE good season in a decade. And I’d take Watson over Bortles all day every day and definitely twice on Sundays.

  14. Texans passed on Manning because they thought Schaub was the guy. And he did play well until he started handing out pick six’s like they were candy at Halloween. It’s an odd thing and certainly we’ve seen other QB’s play well and then go careening off the rails…

  15. Well that’s a really tough one to look back on with 20/20 vision. Manning was coming off neck surgery so severe that the Colts cut him. You have to assume the Colts had the best information available and even they didn’t want to take a risk on him. On top of that he didn’t fit Kubiak’s system very well. So it’s easy to look back on it now but that was a very tough decision at the time. Ironically Kubiak won a Super Bowl with Manning but really despite of Manning not because of him.

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