The Head Coach
Houston Texans’ Head Coach Bill O’Brien began to make his mark on the NFL after his debut season success with Houston. He is known for being a “quarterback guru,” and has won consistently in some of the most dire situations possible for a head coach.
Coaching will be a vital element for the Texans’ 2015 success, especially when they reach the playoffs. O’Brien came into Penn State University following the heart-wrenching Jerry Sandusky scandal and he impressively managed to lead the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record in 2012. If he can win in that environment, then he can win in any environment.
The 2015 NFL season should serve as Bill O’Brien’s official “coming out party.” The players have had an additional year to familiarize themselves with the offensive scheme, defensive scheme, coaches and playbook; O’Brien gained knowledge and understanding of each individual’s talents and glaring weaknesses, and the Texans’ front office has had time to adjust the roster to suit O’Brien’s preferences.
Billy-O’s resolve oozes over into his personal life, a testament to being a great father. His 11 year old son, Jack, suffers from lissencephaly. The literal translation of his condition means “smooth brain,” as it causes the folds in grooves in the brain to never fully develop. Lissencephaly is caused by defective neuronal migration during embryonic development, the process in which nerve cells move from their place of origin to their permanent location within the cerebral cortex gray matter.
One can only imagine the struggle, pain, and suffering a family has to go through when combating this illness. Strangely, O’Brien has called this a blessing in disguise. This was also a big factor in the reason he moved to Houston, as there is one of the best children’s hospitals in the world there.
Bill O’Brien is steadfast in his dedication to coaching the Houston Texans football team, and he will take them to new heights never before witnessed by this franchise.
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