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Bill O'Brien faced the media for the first time since the organization fired general manager Brian Gaine. While O'Brien appreciated the questions, he leaned primarily on the statement by Cal McNair about the team.
The statement covered that
This is the statement Bill O'Brien referenced when he was asked a multitude of questions. He declined to explain what his conversation with McNair covered but that McNair made his vision and expectations for the organization clear.
He also declined to discuss the reported interviews the Texans have already had and his role in the future interviews of this team.
The list of questions O'Brien used the statement as an answer
Here is a list of the questions O'Brien was asked that he used the statement from Cal McNair as his answer.
There was a report your relationship with Brian Gaine eroded is that true?
Did you believe Brian Gaine needed to be fired to move this organization forward?
What changed in your relationship with Brian Gaine when you were working with him?
Were you worried about losing your job based on this evaluation?
The Texans won 11 games, won the division, and hosted a playoff game. Why do you think there is this much change after that?
Has he talked with Nick Caserio?
Bill O'Brien was asked if he had contact with Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
"I would say that the answer to that is no. Relative to contact about anything having to do with the Houston Texans, no."
O'Brien on Gaine
O'Brien's comments directly on Brian Gaine were short and sweet and to the point.
"Man of high character. Great family man and good football person."
Impact on Clowney
When asked if the firing of Gaine and the eventual hire of a new general manager would affect Jadeveon Clowney O'Brien said "no" and pointed to Clowney's franchise tag designation and confirmed Clowney was not present for the mandatory workout on Tuesday.
All of a sudden, the Houston Texans have won three straight and host the Jacksonville Jaguars for a highly anticipated game this weekend
If the Texans come away victorious, they will take possession of first place in the division, and be in position to host a home playoff game for the first time since 2019.
Which got us thinking, is this the best version of the Texans we've ever seen? Many would say the best Texans teams were the ones coached by Gary Kubiak with Matt Schaub at QB. Or some may say it was the Bill O'Brien 2019 team with Deshaun Watson pulling the trigger at QB.
Regardless of which era of the Texans you believe was the best, one thing is for sure. This year's team has us optimistic on several levels. Ownership seems to have figured things out with the Easterby days behind us. Nick Caserio is a serious candidate for Executive of the Year, CJ Stroud is a favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and has a chance to win MVP. And DeMeco Ryans has a legit shot at Coach of the Year.
But let's go even further. Has DeMeco done enough already to be considered the franchise's best coach? Many would say these questions are entirely premature, but are they really?
We could also make the argument that Tank Dell is already the third-best receiver in franchise history behind Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. He already has as many touchdowns (6) as Dre and Hopkins combined in their rookie seasons.
And let's make things even more interesting. Is CJ Stroud the best Houston QB since Warren Moon?
Be sure to watch the video above as we answer all these questions!