Bill O’Brien offers salty answer to Matt Kalil injury question

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Texans left tackle Matt Kalil is hurt a lot. Texans left tackle Matt Kalil wasn’t at practice Tuesday.

Ask Texans coach Bill O’Brien if Matt Kalil is hurt at your own risk.

Via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle, O’Brien had a rather interesting reaction when asked if Kalil was injured today.

“Is he hurt? I don’t have to release an injury report until the season starts,” O’Brien said. “Every time I come up here, I get asked about 50 questions about injuries. So, you’ll get an injury report when the season starts.

“Right now, I will tell you he is out of practice, per the head coach’s discretion. How is that for an answer? You good?

The Texans released a modified version of that exchange on the official transcript they send out to the media. And by modified, we mean “sort of consistent in the theme of the message but not at all the tone.”

“You’ll get an injury report when the season starts,” the transcript version reads. “Right now I’ll tell you that he’s out of practice per the head coach’s discretion.”

Any monkeyshines with the official recording of quotes by a team aside (perhaps Baker Mayfield will weigh in with an important lesson about context or clickbait or something), the bigger question for the Texans would be whether Kalil is actually well.

O’Brien stated emphatically that Kalil was his left tackle for the coming season when asked why he didn’t play in last week’s preseason game. Kalil missed all of last year with knee problems, and has been up and down when he was available in recent years, so given the state of the Texans line, asking about Kalil’s condition seems like a reasonable question.

O’Brien apparently disagrees.

18 responses to “Bill O’Brien offers salty answer to Matt Kalil injury question

  1. Did they even really do anything to fix their HUGE O-Line problem… Gonna be another season of no run game and watching D-Wat run for his life.

  2. the media is the enemy! If anyone finds out if Matt Kalil is actually hurt we will lose! Must never speak to the media ! arghhhhh!!!!!

  3. Sub par LT under a sub par HC. This’ll be interesting to see how long he starts when Watson gets blindsided a dozen times in the first 3 weeks of the season. He’s just not as strong and physically able as his brother.

  4. If you haven’t seen Kalil play, the first question you’ll ask after seeing him is, “is he hurt”?

  5. Not as good as a Bill B presser – he needs to shorten his answer and practice his scowling.

  6. “Alright, coach, since you don’t want to talk about that, here’s one: Are you ever going to win more than one playoff game in your career?”

  7. cueghost says:
    August 20, 2019 at 4:51 pm
    Did they even really do anything to fix their HUGE O-Line problem… Gonna be another season of no run game and watching D-Wat run for his life.

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    The Texans not fixing their OL, the Bears still not having a good kicker, the Packers not surrounding Rodgers with enough talent, the Bucs not having a good backup QB, the Chargers not having enough depth… some problems can be seen from orbit by fans but seem invisible to team management.

  8. Ever since seeing Bill O’Brien on Hard Knocks I realized that he is a total Neanderthal with a low IQ. Not head coach material and his record proves it

  9. Whenever I think of Matt Kalil, I see the snapshot of him getting up from the ground in the background, while looking on at his quarterback been sacked. Happened way too many times. He was a stud his rookie year, after that I think the injuries took it’s toll.

  10. “Is he hurt? I don’t have to release an injury report until the season starts,” O’Brien said. “Every time I come up here, I get asked about 50 questions about injuries. So, you’ll get an injury report when the season starts.”

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    I’m no brain surgeon, but if he’s gonna wait until the season to release official team injury reports, maybe he shouldn’t get pissy about getting questions in the preseason about player injuries. Guy isn’t playing and no word from the team — reporters are going to ask.

  11. I honestly think they’re preparing to shop him. He is not practicing with a mysterious “injury,” has looked poor in camp when he was practicing, and they have declared him the starter despite all this. He was given a contract by former GM Brian Gaine prior to the hiring of Jack Easterby. At this point, I’d be slightly surprised if he is still on the roster by week 1 when he is due to receive a 2.5 mil roster bonus.

  12. Poor O’Brien. Imagine being asked a relevant question about a player YOU announced as a starter…after he played awful and is sitting out.

    He keeps bringing these things on himself. No pity at all from this Texans fan.

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