Houston (CBS Houston) – Bill O’Brien is expected to be introduced at a news conference at Reliant Stadium on Friday. He has yet to meet with the players and many of them have never crossed paths with the 44-year old former Penn State Coach.
“All I know is his name. I know that he’s the head coach of the Houston Texans and that he worked under Bellichik,” Texans’ safety Danieal Manning told SportsRadio 610. “I’ve just seen the track record that he had with Penn State. With what they were going through and I saw how successful he was there.”
Despite not being familiar with the new Texans coach, one moment in particular caught Manning’s eye.
“I’ve seen that episode where he got on Tom Brady about some play or whatever. I remember that incident.” Manning said. “I appreciate coaches that are passionate.”
O’Brien was with the Patriots from 2007-2011 before taking over at Penn State where he went 15-9 in two seasons. He will certainly face some adjustments as a first time NFL head coach but Manning thinks he has the pedigree to succeed.
“I think his experience in New England will help that out. I mean ball is ball,” Manning said. “You have to know how to manage a team, manage a coaching staff, situations. I think ball is ball no matter where it is and I think he understands that or he wouldn’t be a head coach.”
Manning called the hiring ‘exciting’ but also recognized it likely means the end for Wade Phillips and his staff.
“The first thing, he probably wants to bring his own staff. Offense, defense, and special teams coaches.” Manning said. “It’s definitely bittersweet.”