HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick isn’t exactly a man of words. The 4 time Super Bowl champion coach may be as well known for his brevity as he is for his Hall of Fame caliber resume.
But when Belichick does open up about something, he’s certainly worth the listen. For example, his 1:41, 203 word description of Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien.
I think the world of Bill. He did a tremendous job for me here. I can’t say enough about really everything with Bill; his personal qualities, how committed he is to his family, how committed he was to the football team, how hard he worked. He had a lot of passion and energy and that was very well-received and he does an excellent job of coaching. Having that coaching style of tough, aggressive, hard-nosed, but at the same time an excellent communicator, somebody that really understands and can talk to the players and can really push them, and then still be able to put his arm around them and kind of console them or give them that advice in a little bit of a different atmosphere. He’s excellent on game day, a very good decision maker and play caller, an excellent teacher and strategist, motivator. I mean he’s a really good football coach. I learned an awful lot having him here, so I appreciate whatever comments or compliments he might’ve given me but at the same time I learned a lot from having him on our staff and learning from his coaching style and the abilities that he has as a football coach.
Clearly he’s a fan. And on O’Brien’s end, the feeling is mutual.
“I have a ton of respect for him,” said O’Brien. “He’s a great friend. I got a lot of friends on that staff.”
For those who aren’t familiar, O’Brien joined the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2007. He served as an offensive assistant, wide receivers coach, quarterback coach, and ultimately offensive coordinator until leaving to be the head coach at Penn State in 2011. You might remember his stint in New England for this:
Working with Belichick was a no brainer for O’Brien.
“I thought at that point in my career, it was just a really good opportunity for my wife and I to go there,” said O’Brien. “I think in this profession, when you have a chance to learn from the best, and I will say this, I believe Coach (Bill) Belichick will go down as the best of all time. His staff is an excellent staff. Dante Scarnecchia, Josh McDaniels, one of my close friends, Nick Caserio, who is their Player Personnel Director up there. Matt Patricia, really smart, bright guys. Good football guys. Learned a lot from all of those football guys. It was just an opportunity that at that stage of my career, you would not pass up.”
So Bill, what did you teach your old boss?
“I don’t know,” said O’Brien. “You’d have to ask him.”
Maybe we’ll find out Thursday night.
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