Houston (CBS Houston) – The Houston Texans are a week away from starting their training camp just across the street from NRG Stadium on August 1st. On Friday Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien joined Sean Pendergast. Ted Johnson & weekly guest John McClain on the Triple Threat on SportsRadio 610. O’Brien talked about everything facing the upcoming Texans season, starting off with the biggest question the second year head coach has to figure out: who will be the quarterback?
The Texans have a competition between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett for the spot under center and while O’Brien didn’t tip anything about who he was going to choose he did talk about what the team is looking for.
“We want a guy that is a very consistent performer,” O’Brien told The Triple Threat. “A guy that’s very smart. A very diligent hard worker that treats practice like a game.
“A guy that makes the right decisions on the practice field. Which makes us all feel good about what’s going to happen on game day.
“A guy that understands the game because of his preparation and his work ethic.”
One of the other main things that everyone will literally be watching with the Texans this training camp is HBO’s Hard Knocks. The show will be following around the Texans players, coaches and they already have cameras all over the Houston Texans facilities.
“Is it always easy to have a camera in your face every day for five weeks? No, especially in the beginning.” O’Brien said, “We’re going to adjust to that very quickly. That will never be anything other than, that’s a show for the NFL and the fans.”
“We feel that as an organization [Hard Knocks] will show these guys, these players as good teammates, good guys, hard working guys.”
One player the Texans and all their fans will be looking for is 2014 first overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney had microfracture surgery in December and O’Brien has said he’s hoping Clowney will be back sometime during training camp.
“[Clowney] has put a lot of time in…in the offseason to get better,” O’Brien told Sean, Ted, and John. “It’s not an easy thing to have an injury in his rookie year.
“He’s put a lot of time in. Will he be able to be out there right away when we put the pads on on August 3rd for our first full padded practice? No, he won’t be out there right away for that. I think you’ll see him eventually later in training camp and try to ramp him up for the season.”
The Texans first practice is August 1st, it is open to the public.