Houston Texans Transcripts
Friday, January 01, 2016
(Transcribed by Ellie Pardee)
HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
“Okay, so just update on injury situation here. Jadeveon Clowney would be out for the game, and so will Cecil Shorts. With that, I’ll open it up to questions.”
What’s the difference in terms of communicating with the players between college and the pros?
“Yeah, it’s different. It’s definitely different. Just the whole environment is different. In pro football, you have these guys from 7 a.m. until 4, 5 o’clock in the afternoon. It’s all football all day. In college, not only are you dealing with different age groups, but you’re dealing with guys that are going to class trying to get a degree and have study hall, guys that are away from home in certain instances for the first time, freshmen. In pro football, you’re dealing with an age range of let’s say 20, 21 years old all the way up to 35, 36 years old, in some cases 40 years old. It’s a very different environment, both are challenging, both are tough, there’s not one that’s harder than the other, having done both. They’re both very, very challenging.”
What are you looking for in players that are leaders?
“I think when you talk about a leader, I don’t think you’re talking about a guy that’s necessarily a big speech giver. I think you’re talking about a guy that consistently does his job day-in and day-out. He’s here every day at the same time. He prepares each and every day the same way, whether it’s in the training room, or the weight room, or the film room, or out on the practice field, or in the walkthroughs. It’s a guy that takes a very consistent approach and so that when he’s out there on the game field on Sunday, he’s very productive. When guys are like that and they have that consistent approach, the younger players can see them or other players can see them and then they see how successful they are on Sundays, I think that’s really the name of the game when you talk about leadership.”
T Duane Brown talked about the importance of the day after film and what that’s done for this team. What do you show them and what do you want them to take from Monday film?
“I think the biggest thing is that it may not necessarily come from me. I do basically what you would call in the military, an after-action review. I go over things that we did well, things that we didn’t do well, and then what do we need to do to improve, we, everybody in it together, coaches and players alike. Then I think the coaches sit down and usually on both sides of the ball and on special teams, they’ll cut out on offense and defense, maybe 30 plays from the game and show that to the guys, special teams we’ll show them every snap, and really just talk to them about, ‘Hey, this was really good. Hey, this over here we need to improve on. Here’s how we can improve on it.’ I think that is important, but I would give the credit there on the film to mostly the assistant coaches on Monday.”
What have you seen from RB Akeem Hunt?
“A couple plays he’s been a little bit unlucky. He had a couple plays against, or at least one play I can remember against Indianapolis that was called back that slip screen that he ran all the way down to about the 2-yard line. Look, he’s a really good young player. He’s attentive in meetings. He’s got good speed, good quickness. He’s a type of guy that’s learning and trying to get better every single day. I don’t think it’s easy for him or any young player to come into this offense and just know it right away, especially when you’ve arrived on the scene a little bit later than some of the other younger players. I think he’s making strides every week.”
Your thoughts on what the University of Houston did yesterday with Head Coach Tom Herman and those guys?
“Man, what a year. I give a lot of credit to Tom Herman. He’s a great football coach. I was honored to be able to go over there and speak to their clinic last year and really bright guy. I know (Linebackers Coach) Mike Vrabel is really close with him from Ohio State, great team, and to go into that environment in Atlanta and beat Florida State, that says a lot about their coaching staff and their team. Just congratulations to them.”
Is it encouraging to see DE J.J. Watt practice without a cast on his hand today?
“Yeah, definitely, I think anytime when you have to – I’ve said it over the last few weeks – you have to have a club on that hand, it’s tough for defensive linemen when they can’t have full use of their hand. I think we’re trying that out. Whether that is what he’ll wear on Sunday, not sure yet, but he tried it out in practice and that’s what we’re looking at.”
You mentioned you’re a New Year’s Eve fan.
“Yeah, I think I was tongue in cheek. Tongue was firmly implanted in cheek. I’d be honest with you, I won’t even say what I’m going to say, but not a big New Year’s guy. It’s the next year. It’s the next day. I didn’t even realize it was New Year’s Eve to be honest with you. I was just thinking about it was Thursday so it was third-down day. Sorry, pretty boring.”
In addition to the film, the ability for this team to leave behind the previous game has been key. How does that fit into what you guys are trying to do?
“That’s a key component to any successful season in the NFL I think. You have to understand first of all how long the season is, and second of all, when is your team identified? What type of team do you have? Hopefully it’s in the first few weeks, maybe it’s not. Once you know what you have, then you have to start playing that way, and you have to put the bad plays, the bad days behind you, because if you don’t, you continue to dwell on them, it’s not going to do you any good. You can’t do anything about it. You’ve got to learn from it, and you have to move on to the next opponent. The way that we approach things because we’re so much game-plan oriented, we have to do that. We have to be able to take the things that we learned from that previous game and move on and get ready for the next opponent.”