HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON)– On Sunday afternoon, Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports posted an article titled: “Tensions spike between Bill O’Brien and Brock Osweiler in Houston”. The subheading: “The Texans offense has stalled and the honeymoon appears to be over in Houston”.
Sounds juicy right?
The timing of this article is a bit fishy . . . after all, take a look at the link below:
But the article is out there. And at his press conference today, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was asked about the story. He dismissed it as typical testosterone in an NFL locker room.
“I think I know where you’re headed with this, with whatever story came out,” said O’Brien. “I mean, anybody that’s been around me knows that I really only know one way to go about it. That’s to work very hard and to do it in a very intense environment. I think that’s the type of players we have. So when you’re coaching football and playing football, and you’re in a competitive environment where everyone is pulling the same rope and everybody is trying to do their very best to win the game, things are going to happen.”
So it’s safe to say the incident – which seems like it happened based off the first part of O’Brien’s answer – wasn’t a big deal?
“Like, that to me is the biggest non-story of the year,” continued O’Brien. “I don’t know if there’s a bigger non-story. Anybody that has seen me or been around me or any of our coaching staff from (Mike) Vrabel to (John) Butler to (Mike) Devlin to (George) Godsey, knows that’s the way we coach. We coach hard. The players play hard. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. That’s what makes it fun to coach and that’s what makes it fun about this league. That’s just the way we are. That’s the way the players are. That’s a competitive league. That’s the environment we’re in.”
LaCanfora tends to post gossipy articles like this often, and you do have to remember that the people who give reporters scoops like this almost always have some sort of agenda. What’s the point of feeding people information for free when you can get something out of it?
Still, O’Brien’s press conference after the game Sunday night was a bit peculiar. He didn’t seem particularly happy or excited. And he made some interesting comments about Brock Osweiler, including his answer to Mike Meltser’s question about what changed for his quarterback down the stretch: “We called plays that he likes and he executed them with his teammates.”
His tone was different today.
“Oh, I was half-kidding when I said that,” said O’Brien. “I think that he just, with his teammates, they all just did a good job of coming together, making the timely plays when they had to be made.”
And he liked what he saw out of Osweiler down the stretch:
“I think that he did a nice job,” continued O’Brien. “All year he’s done a nice job of preparing and working very hard and it was good for us to, as a team, for us to come out with a win with him being one of the catalysts in that deal. He was able to keep his poise late in the game and deliver the ball. He made a great throw to C.J. (Fiedorowicz) on that touchdown. I mean, that was not a very big window to throw that ball into. Made some really nice throws to (DeAndre) Hopkins, checked it down to Lamar (Miller). The touchdown that Lamar reversed the field on was an unbelievable effort by Lamar, but that was good read by Brock to check it down, so I think all those things are really good for Brock and good for everybody.”
O’Brien was also asked about his relationship with Brock Osweiler, and how it compared with O’Brien’s relation with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. O’Brien was Brady’s quarterback coach, then his offensive coordinator.
“Every quarterback is different,” said O’Brien. “I mean, no two quarterbacks are alike. The key to coaching a quarterback is really getting to know the guy. What is something that helps you get to know this guy? Whether it’s off the field or on the field. You really have to develop a bond. I’m not saying it’s different with other positions, but I think you really have to get to know the quarterback to really understand what he likes, what he’s comfortable with and also for that quarterback to understand your style and how you do things. Sometimes that takes a while. What we know about Brock is that he’s a very hard working guy, very prepared guy. We enjoy coaching him. We enjoy coaching him. He’s learning. We just were happy to see him be able to help us win that game last night. That was a good win.”
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