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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.
Those of you with kids will know, progress reports are how teachers communicate your child's progress. Imagine that! We are ten games into the 2023 NFL season. The sample size is in for this year's rookie class. Last year's class has a larger sample size, but they're included in this progress report as well. I wanted to take a snapshot look at the youngsters and how they're doing, but also look at some of the perceptions out there. As with some progress reports, your child will receive a pass, fail, or incomplete grade depending on their performance thus far. Let's begin…
C.J. Stroud: Stroud was the number two overall pick in this past draft. He's progressed quite well, despite his three interception performance against the Cardinals. He had a 7.5:1 ratio before that game that dropped to 3.4:1 afterward. Still very respectable. With the team at 6-4 and leading the league in passing yards per game, he's now entered the MVP conversation. Whether he's giving clutch performances, or winning over people with his press conferences and media availability, this kid is a shining star student. Grade: Passing with flying colors! While he has some areas of improvement (getting that completion percentage closer to 70 as opposed to 60), Stroud has far exceeded expectations. In fact, he's been leaps and bounds better than his friend picked number one overall, Bryce Young. You remember him, right? The guy some of you wanted so desperately you were upset for months after the Texans secured the number two pick instead of number one? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Will Anderson Jr: Will has been pretty good so far. He's shown flashes of his potential, but hasn't quite put it all together just yet. Anyone labeling him a bust or saying the trade wasn't worth it, take a look at the embedded tweet above and ask yourself who would you rather have right now? Right now, I'd rather have 33 tackles (22 solo, 11 assists), three sacks, eight run stuffs for eight yards lost, one blocked kick, and a bleep ton of potential/room for improvement! The position he's asked to play now is more of a hand in the dirt lineman, something he didn't do much of at Alabama. For him to come in as a rookie and still get doubled as often as he does is a testament to his skill. Jonathan Greenard is a talented guy, but do you think he's having this type of season without Anderson on the other side? I don't think so. However, would Anderson be getting as much of a pass if he wasn't teammates with Stroud? I don't think so either. He'd be under a far bigger microscope. Grade: Passing, but needs improvement. He will improve once he's more used to what's being asked of him and once he's more comfortable. No doubt in my mind he'll be a double-digit sack guy very soon.
Derek Stingley Jr: Stingley has been the center of much debate. Most have Sauce Gardner as the consensus best corner in last year's draft. So when the Texans took Stingley over Sauce, the comps were already being drawn. Stingley never stood a chance from the outset after the draft since he wasn't graded on a curve. Sauce went on to be an All Pro as a rookie, while Stingley was limited to just nine games because of injuries. If he can stay healthy, he can show what he's capable of. The Texans took the guy that fit the mold of what they look for and the style they want to play. Grade: Incomplete for now, but might fail if he fails to stay healthy and produce. No. I'm not ready to cut my nose off to spite my face. He's 13 games into his career. If after next season he still showing signs of being injury prone and not playing well, then we can have that discussion. You can't hold him to Sauce's standards per se because he's on a more talented defense that plays more zone (Sauce's specialty) than man (Stingley's specialty).
Kenyon Green: He been out sick (injured) all year and has been on a different school schedule than the others. Last year, he was in class and played in at least 78% of the offensive snaps in 12 of the 15 games he was active for. He started 14 of those 15 games. However, his subpar play was not acceptable for a starting offensive lineman, much less one picked at number 15 overall in the draft. While offensive lineman typically need more time to adjust, Green didn't look like he was adjusting fast enough for fans' liking. Grade: Failing, but will give another chance to do makeup work to improve his grade. He won't get full credit, but the partial credit he gets from coming back from his injury and regaining his starting job would go a mighty long way. So would much improved play, especially pass blocking.
We might have to revisit this at the end of the season. Green's grade won't change until next year...if he's still on the team. Stroud will continue to improve and impress. Anderson will do the same. Stingley is getting better by staying healthy. I think the reps will help both he and Anderson. As the other defensive lineman improve, so will Anderson. When the line improves, the DBs improve because they don't have to cover as long. One thing I will say is to practice more patience with your students. They don't all learn the same, they aren't taught the same skills, and they don't play the same schemes. Comparing them to other students in other schools will only lead to more frustration. Be kind. Be firm, but fair. After all, football is supposed to be fun, right?