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March 11, 2015

Houston Texans Transcripts (3/11)

Houston Texans Transcripts
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
 (Transcribed by Charles Hampton)
QB Brian Hoyer
QB Brian Hoyer
(on how it feels to have the contract wrapped up and signing with Houston) “Yeah, it’s exciting. It’s kind of a whirlwind process over the past three or four days.  It was really my first opportunity getting to go through this, so it’s great to be a part of this organization, getting back with Coach O’Brien and obviously this team. I had to play against this team last year, so I know how good this team really is. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
(on why he chose the Houston Texans) “The familiarity with the system, with the coaches—like I said, the team. I came away really impressed obviously with the defense. When you look at the offensive side of the ball—Arian Foster, (DeAndre) Hopkins, those types of guys—the offensive line. I’m excited to get a chance to be a part of this.”
(on what stood out about Bill O’Brien from his first few years in the league) “I don’t think I would be where I am today without my team with him in New England. He’s a fiery guy. He expects a lot out of you. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything and that’s kind of how you want it in this business. To get back with a guy who I really trust, I think that was a big part of the decision process. I’m excited to get back and get to work with him.”
(on what it meant to him that the Texans were interested in him) “Yeah, it’s great to be wanted by someone—generally wanted, and to be a part of a great organization like this and get the opportunity to compete for a chance to start in the NFL, what more could you ask for? Like I said, there were other teams that were interested, but I felt like this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”
(on if he could have returned to Cleveland) “I don’t know. I really don’t want to talk too much into it because I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be a Texan. It was a special time for me to play for the team that I grew up rooting for and cheering for. I’m just excited to be here and do whatever I can do to help this team get better.”
(on if he will still call Bill O’Brien ‘Billy’ or if it is ‘Bill’ now that he’s the head coach) “You know what? It’s going to be Coach O’Brien now. He’s the head coach. Our dynamic will change a little bit obviously. When I was with him before, we were in the room together seven days a week for hours on end. I know he’s got bigger things to do that just sit in there with the quarterbacks, but I know he’ll be around. I know how much he loves football and offense. Like I said, my relationship with him, obviously, had a lot to do with it. In the same sense, you always want to check out everything because you don’t want to short yourself of any opportunity, but I think in gathering all of the information, talking to my agent, this was just an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up.”
(on the dynamic with him and QB Ryan Mallett as they were teammates once before and will be competing for the same job) “Yeah, well we were competing for the same job back then too. We’ve always had a good relationship. I think Ryan, obviously, had a great game when we played against them last year. I was really excited for him to get that opportunity because I knew how long I had to wait for that too. I’m sure there won’t be any issues. We have a great working relationship. I’m looking forward to competing with him.”
(on embracing the competition with QB Ryan Mallett) “For me, nothing has ever been handed to me. I’m not asking for it to start now. I’ve dealt with a lot of competition throughout my entire career, so it’s not something that I shy away from. Obviously, I chose to come here knowing that Ryan is here. It will make both of us better. Like I said, we have a good relationship so it will be good for the entire team to see two guys like us go out there and work hard and do whatever we can to help this team win.”
(on if he ever thought about what it would be like to play for Bill O’Brien as a head coach after spending years with him as a position coach) “I think going back to New England, this is the thing that he wanted to be a head coach and I wanted to be a starting quarterback. It was kind of like, ‘if it ever happens, think about how cool that would be.’ I was so excited for Billy, even when he left to go to Penn State. For him to be a head coach in the NFL and see the success that he had last year, I think it was something that didn’t surprise me at all. I knew he was going to be a great coach.”
(on how big of a moment this is for him today) “It’s huge. It’s really big, even for my entire career. I was undrafted. Even then, you kind of feel unwanted. Then to get released and go through that process to being flown down here to visit on the first day of free agency and feel wanted, it was really cool. It’s been cool for my wife to come down and see the entire process. It will definitely go down in the books as one of the better days in my life.”
(on what specifically Bill O’Brien has done to help in his development) “I think, for me, at the time when I came into the league, that was Coach O’Brien’s first year as an offensive coordinator with New England. Obviously, he was coaching Tom Brady. I remember him saying, ‘I don’t really have to coach Tom Brady. I have to make sure I get the right plays and guide him, but I can coach you.’ I felt like I benefited from a lot of the extra coaching on fundamentals and learning the offense and learning the defense. To learn it under him and in that system, I think it prepared me for what I was going to go through in my NFL career.”
(on if he has heard from Tom Brady) “Yeah, we talked this morning actually. He’s obviously really excited for me and he was quick to let me know that we play them here this year. That’s just typical Tom. He probably has the entire schedule memorized. He was excited for me. He was such a big mentor and friend throughout my entire career really, even after I left New England. He was definitely excited.”
(on if he or Tom Brady recognized that this is very close to the Patriots 2011 quarterbacks room) “We just need Tom. He’s the only one that’s not there.”
(on his personal relationship with QB Ryan Mallett) “I haven’t had a personal relationship with him since we left. There were a few text messages here or there, but I saw him after we played them last year and congratulated him. I was genuinely happy for the guy. I don’t think there will be any problems.”
(on how well he thinks he knows the offense already) “Pretty well. I know there is probably, with Coach Godsey calling the plays or there might be a bit of changes here or there with verbiage or formations, but I feel like I could go out there and call a play and run the offense today if I had to.”
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