HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer had a lot of fun at the expense of Texans head coach Bill O’Brien when he was their offensive coordinator in New England.
O’Brien was affectionately named the “teapot” for his outbursts in New England. Hoyer and Brady came up with the nickname and would track his outbursts.
Initially, Hoyer took notes in his notebook, but he later brought in an actual teapot to keep record of O’Brien.
“Basically anytime we felt it was justified we put it on the teapot like it was the Stanley Cup,” said Hoyer who would like to have that teapot shipped down to him.
Hoyer said he and Brady decided when an outburst was teapot worthy and O’Brien would always challenge them on the worthiness of outbursts.
Of course, most of those happened behind closed doors, but not all of them.
“That was like the ultimate,” Hoyer said. “But Tom was on there for that one too.”
Bill O’Brien said he didn’t think it was that big of a deal and happens when competitive people are working together.
“It wasn’t all me…there were a few teapots in that room.”
Hoyer ultimately tried to keep the peace.
“I figured I’d let it go for a little bit, let them fume and then realized we still had a game to win. It was the fourth quarter, it was a tight game. I tried to just be a shield in between them.”
He said moments later O’Brien and Brady made peace and were working to win the football game.
Far fewer teapot worthy moments for O’Brien since becoming a head coach according to Hoyer. Not even one moment would be teapot worthy.
“I think he’s more level headed. I think he’s got to be more of the leader of the team.”
The Texans hope the teapot boils over with excitement with a win on Sunday night against the Patriots.
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