Deshaun Watson getting hands on training from Bill O’Brien
Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is giving rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson extra attention.
Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson is in an uphill battle as he tries to learn Houston’s offense as well as get acclimated to the life of an NFL player.
One thing that’s helping Watson is that Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien has been closely helping him during this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
From John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:
"“I think it’s cool to be able to have your head coach and the main guy that knows this system to be hands-on in the meeting rooms with you and on the field with you,” Watson said Saturday, his second day on the field at the rookie minicamp. “You can learn it firsthand and see what he sees (so you can) be that same coach on the field.”"
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It sounds like O’Brien likes what he sees from Watson so far.
"“He’s a hard-working guy,” O’Brien said. “He pays attention in the meetings. Competitive guy.“We start him with what we call the basic information section of the playbook. How do we huddle? Where do you go in the huddle? If the Houston Texans are on this sideline, you’re on this side of the huddle. If you’re on (that) sideline, you’re on (that) side of the huddle. I mean, it’s that simple. It’s that detailed.“Then it goes to how we call a play. What’s the verbiage of a play call? Obviously, our verbiage is a lot different than what he had at Clemson. It’s like learning a new language.”"
Watson admits learning the Texans’ offense is like learning an entirely new language. He understands it’s going to take time and that he won’t learn it over night.
The most important thing is that the Texans don’t rush Watson along. A lot of that will depend on how well veteran quarterback Tom Savage plays this season and whether or not he stays healthy.
Houston already has a roster that’s ready to make a Super Bowl run now, but all they need is a quarterback that can manage the game.
When it comes to O’Brien giving Watson extra attention, he knows keeping his job will ultimately depend on whether or not Watson develops into a franchise quarterback. If he doesn’t, O’Brien will be out of a job in a few years.