HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien’s demeanor was borderline surly in his Friday press conference as he answered questions regarding the offensive play calling duties.
Sportsradio 610’s John McClain reported Thursday night that O’Brien was taking over the play calling duties from offensive coordinator George Godsey for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
O’Brien expected to be asked about McClain’s story Friday afternoon and he was dismissive as to the importance of the role and didn’t see a difference from the status quo.
“As a head football coach, that’s what you’re paid to do, is to be making sure that the calls that go into the game are basically approved by you as the head football coach,” O’Brien said. “I don’t even know why that’s a story. It’s not a story. Nothing has changed.”
O’Brien pointed out that the final decision on plays has always been his even with Godsey’s role as OC.
“You’d be amazed at how many defensive calls I’ve made, how many special teams calls I’ve made and how many offensive calls I’ve made in the years that I’ve been here,” O’Brien said.
The Texans move isn’t a total shock as they have been shut out twice in their last four games and are currently tied for last in the NFL in points scored this season (42, the same as their opponent Titans on Sunday)
O’Brien called the offensive plays during his first season in 2014 with Godsey assuming the role the following season after being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2015.
O’Brien indicated Friday that the identity of the chief play caller is not the most important aspect of an offensive system’s success.
“It doesn’t matter who calls the plays,” O’Brien said. “It’s about the execution and it’s about going out there and playing good football.”
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