Bill O’Brien content with Houston Texans’ coaching changes
Houston Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien is satisfied with the additions made to the coaching staff during the offseason.
Houston Texans have made several coaching changes to their staff during the offseason for the start of their 2019 season. Head coach Bill O’Brien had good reviews for former Texans quarterback, T.J. Yates. The former North Carolina Tar Heel quarterback was brought in as an offensive coaching assistant after Wes Welker departed to the San Francisco 49ers.
“He’s (Yates) smart, a hardworking guy, and you see that in what he’s doing right now. He’s breaking film down, he’s helping with the offensive line, he’s drawing cards, he’s doing a lot of different projects for Tim (Kelly), for Mike Devlin and for myself. The qualities that he had as a player, you can see coming through as a coach, no doubt about it.”
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O’Brien also commented on Tim Kelly’s promotion to offensive coordinator after serving in other coaching roles on offense and Carl Smith’s addition after being considered Seattle Seahawks quarterback guru working with Russell Wilson.
“He’s (Kelly) a very smart, young coach. One of the better young coaches I’ve ever been around. I’m not saying he’s like 20 years old, but relative to some of us he’s younger. He’s a really hardworking guy and a really good communicator and he’s done a nice job with the offense. With him and Carl (Smith) together with Deshaun (Watson), they’ve done a good job of planning out the meetings. Carl teaches some things, Timmy teaches the big picture and I think they’ve worked well together.”
O’Brien commented on Deshaun Watson’s hitting the ground running with the new coaching staff and how they were getting acclimated to each other. “Then I would say that most of his (Watson) meetings during this nine-week span were with Tim Kelly and Carl Smith. Those guys did a great job. They were coaching it up. They were really in a good, positive communication with Deshaun the whole nine weeks. So, I think we’ve really gotten better there and I’m excited about where he’s at right now.”
Texans are hoping that the additions in the offseason can lead to a better outcome for the coaching staff and players alike after they went 11-5 in the regular season but had an early exit in the wild card round of the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts.