MINNEAPOLIS (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien was in familiar post loss form at the podium on Sunday after his club was trounced by the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings 31-13.
O’Brien attempted to absorb blame for the loss even with starting quarterback Brock Osweiler’s worst performance as the Houston starter. Osweiler completed just 19 passess on 42 attempts for 189 yard with a touchdown and a pick.
“I have to do a much better job with this football team,” O’Brien said.
Osweiler has now thrown nine interceptions in his last five NFL starts dating back to last season with the Denver Broncos. O’Brien deflected any type of criticism off his struggling signal caller and wanted to blame his play calling and game plan preparation.
“I thought (Osweiler) battled,” O’Brien said of his QB, but pivoted back to himself. “Again, I think it starts and ends with me.”
Reporters pressed O’Brien on what happened with the offense on Sunday that gained just 214 yards and was 1-for-13 on 3rd downs.
“I’m serious. I don’t know any other way to tell you. I’m not up here to, I’m not trying to cover for anybody. I’m telling you how I see it,” O’Brien said. “I have to do a much better job with this team. ”
Despite the loss, the Texans remain 3-2 and are still in first place in the AFC South. Despite other big road losses in the past during O’Brien’s tenure he doesn’t think losses like this affect his team’s confidence.
“I don’t worry about this team’s confidence,” O’Brien said. “I think this team has confidence and I think this team will come back and play hard.”
O’Brien reiterated that he feels he needs to do a better job of preparing his football teams for important games like this one. He feels that his team can have success this season.
“I think that this team can be a good, be a good football team,” O’Brien said. “I have to do a better job.”
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