Bill O’Brien: 24-0 is a good lead, but no lead is safe against the Chiefs

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien looked a little shellshocked after his team went from winning 24-0 to losing 51-31 today in Kansas City.

O’Brien said at his post-game press conference that the Texans knew coming in that even a big early lead wouldn’t necessarily be big enough.

“24-0 was a really good lead, no doubt about it, but I don’t think any lead is safe versus these guys, and that’s why we felt like we needed 50 points. And we weren’t able to do that,” O’Brien said.

Asked if the loss is on him, O’Brien said it’s fair to say that.

“Yeah, we definitely have to coach better. We didn’t do enough to put our guys in position to make enough plays. We have to do a better job of coaching,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien will take plenty of criticism in Houston and around the NFL this offseason. Reaching the divisional round of the playoffs is a solid end to the season, but this loss was ugly.

17 responses to “Bill O’Brien: 24-0 is a good lead, but no lead is safe against the Chiefs

  1. In the 1st quarter the female reporter chimed in saying the Bill was saying “we can’t win, we can’t win, we can’t win” implying no one gave us a chance yet here we are up 24-0.

    But, Bill was right. They can’t win, even being spotted 24 points.

  2. Texans got some home cookin’ last week at home vs. the Bills.
    No such luck this time on the road.

  3. I’ll probably grow to dislike him in the years to come, but Mahomes is an absolute joy to watch. The way he was on the sideline rallying his teammates when they were down – some QB’s fake that, but that was from the heart. He plays w/ such a great combination of emotion & precision. What a gamer.

    Titans will give them a good fight, but it feels like a team of destiny there.

  4. Honestly get his mindset. He’s got the 28th ranked defense and the Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut so even with a lead you can’t play safe…

  5. Texans won’t change coaches because as long as Cal McNair is making money from these fans here in Houston, its good enough for him. And thats why the Texans WILL NEVER GO TO A SUPER BOWL!! He doesn’t care about WINNING!!!

  6. Mahomes is an inspiration. Contrast his actions on the sideline when he was down by 24 with those of the fake MVP from Baltimore who was sitting all by himself on the bench making faces and throwing tantrums.

    There is an MVP in the NFL and there is a pretender. The pretender is still sitting on the bench muttering to himself and the MVP just drove his team to 51 points today to turn a 24 point deficit to a 20 point win.

    Party on, Lame.

  7. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    January 12, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    Mahomes is an inspiration. Contrast his actions on the sideline when he was down by 24 with those of the fake MVP from Baltimore who was sitting all by himself on the bench making faces and throwing tantrums.

    There is an MVP in the NFL and there is a pretender. The pretender is still sitting on the bench muttering to himself and the MVP just drove his team to 51 points today to turn a 24 point deficit to a 20 point win.

    Party on, Lame.

    Is trolling a 23-year old who will win MVP really the direction Patriots fans are going with? Lamar plays with intensity and passion. He was on the sidelines with a coach or tablet the majority of the time and was clearly unhappy. That said, he also accounted for ~500 yards of offense by himself because the team abandoned the run and none of the WRs could get open, or catch the ball once they were. You better get that hate burning deep within you, Ravens and Lamar’s future is INCREDIBLY bright, so enjoy the few times you can revel in a loss. 19 of 22 starters under contract for next year. Ton of cap space that will increase with the cuts to Brandon Carr and Tony Jefferson.

    Back to the subject at hand, Chiefs are winning the SB. Only thing that could slow them down is an injury in the trenches (particularly if they play the 49ers). Regardless, the Packers aren’t an explosive team anymore and would have no chance at slowing the Chiefs down as their strength relies on their DL getting pressure and Mahomes is just too good to let one unit group beat him. The 49ers are a dream matchup, as far as how they play D. Rarely blitz, give Mahomes time, and playing 80+% zone? Good luck slowing down Hill, Kelce, Hardman, and Watkins.

    For all the hype of the NFC, that all got to beat up on the NFC Least to some varying degree, they’re not built to beat the AFC elites. They’re built as grinding teams that rely on alot of pieces being in sync. The Chiefs can fall down 24 and outscore the opponent 51-7 the rest of the way with ease. If Jones is back, they’ll pretty easily win the SB.

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