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March 10, 2016

Houston Texans Transcripts (3/10)

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. McNair
Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith
Head Coach Bill O’Brien
G Jeff Allen
C/G Tony Bergstrom
RB Lamar Miller
QB Brock Osweiler
 
Founder, Chairman and CEO Bob McNair
 
Opening Statement:
“Thank y’all for being here. This is an exciting day for us, an exciting day for the city and an exciting day for these young players that we welcome to the Houston Texans. We’ve had a plan that we have had in place for several years and we’ve known where we wanted to go and you can’t always go there when you want to go there. Players have to be available. You have to have the opportunity, and fortunately this year we were able to experience that situation.
 
I want to congratulate (Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager) Rick (Smith). He did a heck of a job in working with the agents for these players to get them down here, and (Head Coach) Bill (O’Brien) in talking with all of the players on our team as to what their feelings were, who they would like to see and our players get engaged in this too. They like you guys and they want you to be here, so that’s an important step.
 
We’re executing the plan and as you hear Coach say every day and Rick, and you’ve heard me from time to time and (Vice Chairman and COO) Cal (McNair), we just want to get better every day. Certainly this is a day when we got a lot better. We added some components that are going to be very productive for our team and we’re excited, and we’ve got the draft coming up shortly and we’ll be bringing in a few other young athletes there, and so it’s a wonderful opportunity and we just think that we’ve got the best young men around and they’re going to represent the city well, and represent the Texans and everything that they do. We’re delighted with that. We’re going to let you talk to them, but we’ve got Jeff Allen who’s a guard, and Tony Bergstrom who’s a center and a guard, and of course Lamar Miller, who’s a running back, and of course Brock Osweiler, who’s a quarterback. We’re delighted gentlemen to have you with us and I’d like to ask Rick and then we’ll ask Coach to make a few comments.”
 
Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith
 
Opening Statement:
“Thank you Bob, I appreciate that. I guess I would echo a lot of the sentiments that were just spoken by Mr. McNair. First of all, I have to publicly thank Bob McNair for the resources that he allows us. He talked about our program and our plan, and part of that plan is to have an organization that is consistently competing every year. I think if you look back over the last five or so years, I think we’ve had some measure of success. We’ve had a winning season four out of the last five years and had a few division championships, but we haven’t taken the next step. We really believe that this class of free agents gives us an opportunity to do that, and it certainly is not possible without the support that we get from ownership from both he and Cal (McNair), and I just want to publicly thank you for that, because it does give Bill (O’Brien) and myself the ability, and these coaches and our scouts and our football team, and I tell these guys, I wear a lot of hats and do a lot of things as general manager, but every decision that we make collectively is geared around one goal, and that’s to win. The ability to do that is afforded by the resources that we have, and we’re excited about this group. We’re excited about all these young men. It’s a really nice collaborative effort by our staff. It’s a lot of hard work that goes into free agency from a scouting perspective and involving the coaches and our football administration people. (Vice President, Football Administration) Chris Olsen, I want to give special acknowledgement to, he does a great job, he and (Football Administration Coordinator) Kevin Krajcovic. A lot of people did a lot of work in this effort, and I do think our football team is better. I’m excited for our organization, for our city and for our team and looking forward to watching these men get into our group and work. With that, Bill, I’ll turn it over to you.”
 
Head Coach Bill O’Brien
 
Opening Statement:
“There’s not much left to say. I echo those sentiments, obviously what Rick said about thanking Mr. McNair for giving us the opportunity to make these moves. I think it’s an exciting time for our team. I think one thing that’s important to note is kind of what Rick alluded to, is it’s a process. We finish the season, we evaluate our own team and we determine from that together what we think our team needs moving forward. These four guys here definitely fill some needs in our opinion and make us a better team. The one thing I’d just like to say about these four guys is Rick and myself, our scouts, our coaches, we’ve done a lot of research on these guys and I told these guys personally, I couldn’t find anybody out there that said anything bad about them. These guys are all known as good teammates, hardworking guys, guys that not only obviously are good football players but are good guys. I think we have a locker room full of those guys and I think they’re going to welcome these guys with open arms and I would just say that now we’re just ready to go to work, get to work. We’ve got a draft coming up in a little bit here, OTAs start, offseason program, and we’re looking forward to getting to work.”
 
Questions:
 
What qualities did you identify in Brock Osweiler that made him your choice?
Bill O’Brien: “Well we, basically like I said, we evaluate the team, we determine what we think we can do to make the team better and then we kind of work separately. Then we come together and we make a collective decision. One of the things that I thought we did a good job of and I thank Rick for this, is we went into a room for a couple days and we watched. We watched a lot of film together, we watched Brock, and we feel there’s a lot of things about Brock, I’m not going to get into all the details about what we see, but this guy is a good quarterback, he’s got command at the line of scrimmage, he stands in the pocket, he doesn’t look at the rush, he’s standing in the pocket and he’s delivering the ball down the field. He played well in some big games this past year in Denver, and we’re very, very glad to have him as our quarterback.”
 
Rick Smith: “I would echo that, I think the way I described it to Mr. McNair, he checks all the boxes. What you look for in a quarterback, whether you’re talking about physical characteristics or traits, or mental things that you look for at the position, or toughness, or competitiveness, or human characteristics, this guy checks the boxes and we’re excited about having him here and him being our quarterback.”
 
The impact of these four signings, how does that affect your draft board?
Rick Smith: “If you know anything about the way we draft, we try to always evaluate the draft class independently of need, right? So that’s what we will do and we will continue to use that philosophy. Obviously we had a need at the quarterback position, and as I mentioned earlier about the level of success that we’ve been able to have over the last few years, we haven’t had consistent play at the quarterback position. We haven’t had consistency at the quarterback position and we really feel like the move to add Brock (Osweiler) gives us that stability, and hopefully that will allow us to advance a little bit further than what we’ve done before. Having him, having the running back position solidified, having those places on the offensive line solidified really gives us an opportunity to stick to our guns in terms of how we philosophically approach the draft and we will take the best player at the time that we’re on the clock, and hopefully those players will come in and add to our football team.”
 
Rick, a lot of people are saying this is the biggest offseason day for the Texans ever, how does this day rank for you personally?
Rick Smith: “I would have to tell you that there was a lot of stuff happening yesterday. It was absolutely, personally for me, it was the busiest day and the most rewarding day, I mean this is a big deal obviously. We made a significant investment, just when we’re talking about Brock. To be able to do that, to be able to come to terms and have a guy who every time he touches the football can score in Lamar Miller, and obviously we are very, very familiar with that from his time against us last fall, and then we lost a couple guys, right? So we lost a couple of guys to free agency and that was disappointing, but to be able to go out and we really feel good about the way that this young man plays football. I think you will like the way Mr. (Jeff) Allen plays interior offensive line. He’s a gritty, nasty, tough guy and I think that element will be good for our football team, and the versatility that both guys have. Tony (Bergstrom) played center this year, he’s played guard, he’s played tackle, so very, very exciting day for me. I think we were able to, obviously like I said, solidify the most important position in football, add a dynamic playmaker and then help our offensive line.”
 
Bill, you guys had the joint practices with Denver in 2014, how long has it been that you kind of mentally targeted Brock Osweiler in your mind?
Bill O’Brien: “Yeah, we study all these guys, you know what I mean? We look at all these guys, we watch their tape during the year, we watch their preseason tape. I think being out there in Denver a couple years ago, that’s where we first met. You could tell at that point even though that was only a year I think into his career, you could tell that this guy had command of their offense and he was playing behind a pretty good guy at that time. He was learning from him. Then when you threw the tape on from this year, to me, it was impressive. He played in some very tough football games, some very meaningful football games during the year. Like I said, it was impressive some of the things he did in those games. It’s not easy to be a starting quarterback in this league, in fact, it’s one of the most difficult things in sports to do. I think we got the right guy here.”
 
Bob, when did Rick and Bill first talk to you about Osweiler and did they tell you it was going to cost a lot of money?
Bob McNair: “Well number one, we said we were going to get a quarterback and Rick said, ‘I’m going to get you a quarterback. Regardless as to where he might come from, we’re going to get you a quarterback.’ Originally, we didn’t know whether Brock would be available because up until the date of free agency, he could’ve signed a contract and not be available. We really didn’t know but we were still looking at him and hoping that he would be available. We had a fair idea as to what the cost would be, but as with anything, if there’s more than one person that wants it, it’s probably going to cost you more. They wanted him in Denver, and Rick hung in there and the price kept going up and I think they finally figured out we weren’t going away. We were prepared to do whatever it took to go ahead and get the deal consummated. We were able to do that and I’m real pleased that we were.”
 
Rick, how aggressive were you willing to be to get a quarterback and Bill, was there a game in particular that Brock played in that stood out to you?
Rick Smith: “Well just in our evaluation process, Bill talked about our process as we work through the offseason. Initially you have to evaluate your football team, figure out where your strengths and weaknesses are, where you think your needs are, so we went through that process, we evaluated the free agency group and as we started to delve into the draft, I’m obviously a lot more down the road in draft prep than Bill is, but Bill has started to work on the draft and we have a general idea of what’s available there. We’ve done our work in free agency, then as we sat down and talked about all the stuff we need, obviously, you want to look at all the players that are available and that’s when we, and I really enjoyed what Bill talked about earlier, we went down, we got in the room and we put tape on. We just watched film and it was pretty clear that we both came out of that room feeling like if Brock was available, he was a guy that we both felt very, very strongly that he could come in and be our quarterback. Therein lies the origin of the aggression when we both decided that coming out of that room, that if this guy is available, then we’re going to try to take our shot and he was and we did.”
 
Bill O’Brien: “You know we watched all his snaps, from the time he’s been in the league to where we are today. I wouldn’t say that there was one game that stood out, it was just some things that you’ve been doing this for a while, you’ve been coaching that position for a while, you see some things on tape that stand out to you that you’ve seen before that are good. Those things stood out to me and like I said, that’s why we’re glad to have him here. We’re just really looking forward to getting to work. We talked about that with all four of these guys today, we really can’t wait until April 18 when the whole team is sitting in this room, we get all the cameras out of here and everybody is out of here and now it’s just us and the team and we’re moving forward to work, and we’ve got a few things left before that, the draft and things, but we’re excited about where we’re headed.”
 
From a speed element, how much do you feel like Lamar Miller can be a threat for you guys? Also, what is Brian Hoyer’s status moving forward?
Rick Smith: “Yeah I guess I’ll start with the latter question. I think it’s pretty apparent you need a couple quarterbacks in this league, ok, and so Brian obviously played a lot of football for us, understands our system, our scheme and our team and is a valuable member of our team. As it relates to Lamar, the one thing you can’t coach is speed, right, so the guy again, and I don’t want to just say that that’s all he offers and all he brings to the table. This guy, he’s a complete running back, and I promise I’m going to let Bill talk a little bit more about how we’ll use him but I just think that he has a skill set that will allow our creative coaches to utilize him in a way that hopefully is a threat to defenses.”
 
Bill O’Brien: “We kind of witnessed it firsthand this year, so we feel good about Lamar being on board here and some of the things that he can do, what he brings to our locker room number one, like I said, what we’ve heard about him as a person, as a guy and then obviously his skill set, we’re looking forward to working with him.”
 
Bob McNair: “Let me add this, when I saw Lamar a little while ago I didn’t immediately recognize him because I’m so used to looking at his back. That’s all I saw in Miami.”
 
Bill O’Brien: “He just fired up our defense Lamar, so they’ll be ready for you in training camp.”
 
Rick, what is the process like in getting these players and Bill, how does this free your offensive staff up to be more creative?
Rick Smith: “There are elements to negotiations in terms of valuing, that’s the work that Chris Olsen and Kevin Krajcovic do. We have prepared our work for how we think contracts ought to be structured, how they ought to be valued. It’s just a process of going back and forth with the agents, the agents are representing them. All these guys have fantastic agents and fantastic representation, so all the negotiations were very professional and actually enjoyable. Again, it’s just that there are a lot of moving parts, you’ve got multiple deals that are happening and you’ve got guys that are agreeing with other teams, then you’ve got to get involved in other negotiations. It was a little bit of a New York Stock Exchange yesterday, but it all worked out well and again, we’re just excited to have these four gentlemen here on our team.”
 
Bill O’Brien: “The coaches are upstairs right now, what we do is in the morning we kind of work on what was some free agency, before free agency started film wise, then we work on the draft with Rick’s crew. In the afternoons we work on the playbook. This all just happened today. Look, it’s a process. Eventually you’re going to have 90 guys sitting in this room. You start with the offseason program which is three phases, eventually ending with a  mandatory minicamp where at that point in time you have maybe an idea about your team and the skill set of your players and how they fit, but not really because you can’t wear pads. Then we get to training camp and we get a little bit better idea every day on how we see our team and what some of these guys can do, but we’re excited. We’re excited about having these guys here and like I said looking forward to getting to work.”
 
G JEFF ALLEN
 
Talk about your toughness, willingness to play through pain, and your football mentality.
“I think it’s just an important quality for an offensive lineman. For any football player, you’re going to get banged up throughout the year. There’s going to be times where you’re going to be in question. You got to be able to push through some things. As far as toughness, it’s just a mentality that I’ve had my whole life. Just dealing with certain things, football is a way for me to channel that. I bring that on the field.”
 
What can you bring to the Texans to help this year?
“Do my job. Come out there, protect Brock (Osweiler), fire up the o-line, and get the running game going for Lamar (Miller).”
 
Talk about the way you finish blocks and how much better you got at that last year.
“Yeah, it’s a lot of fun going out there and grinding it out with your buddies, your offensive line. Getting things done, especially on the offensive side of the ball. I feel like the offensive line is the unit that can get an entire team going. That’s the kind of mentality I try to permeate throughout the whole group.”
 
What do you expect to be a part of here in terms of this ‘new era’ for Texans football?
“I feel like we can come in and we can fill those holes and be a great teammate. Do the work, come in ready to do whatever and be available for whatever. We could be anywhere on the offensive line. We’re ready for that. We’re just ready to help us compete and win.”
 
G/C TONY BERGSTROM
 
How comfortable are you at center or moving all over the offensive line?
“I played center all of last year. I feel really comfortable there. Honestly, I’ve felt pretty comfortable at every position. Whatever this team needs me to do, I come in right now thinking center first in my mind, but more than anything, I want to fill whatever need this team has.”
 
What do you expect to be a part of here in terms of this ‘new era’ for Texans football?
“I hate to sit there and say it’s ‘a new era’ because I think they’ve done a great job here so far. With any team, it’s always about constant improvement. I think that’s what we are here to do, just try to get better every day. That’s what it’s all about here, trying to come in and be the best you can be every day, be a great teammate, get the team together. I think that’s the biggest deal right now.”
 
RB LAMAR MILLER
 
What’s this day been like for you?
“It’s a blessing. It’s a great opportunity for me to be a part of a great organization. I’m just happy to be here.”
 
When you beat the Texans last year as a member of the Dolphins, did you ever think that Houston team would make the playoffs?
“I never looked at it that way. I just thought of it as another game. I know the Houston Texans have a great organization and great team. I was just wishing the best for them.”
 
How much do you think you’re big game against the Texans last year played a part in their interest in you?
“They have a great defense. Those guys come out and compete every day. I’m just looking forward to this opportunity to just try to get them better, be a great teammate, come into compete and just try to be a team player.
 
What do you remember from your big game against the Texans last year?
“I think it was one of the best games of my career. But now I’m just looking forward to this opportunity. I’m looking forward to having big games like that with this organization.”
 
What did you think about Texans Owner Bob McNair complimenting your game?
“It’s a blessing, just to hear from the owner. I’m just looking forward to making more plays like that for this organization and just try to help this team win with my skillset.”
 
What sold you on the Houston Texans?
“I feel like it’s a great organization. I feel like this team is heading in the right direction. With my skillset, I feel like I could help them get to the next step. I just have to come here every day and just try to compete, be the best teammate, and just do my job.”
 
You’ve always been a Miami guy. Are you nervous about leaving your home state?
“I’m pretty nervous. It’s a big change for me. Like you said, I’ve been in Miami my whole life. Just being away from my family, that’s something that I will have to get used to because when I was in Miami, I could just go home whenever I want. Now, it’s like a two-hour flight so that’s something I just have to get used to and just try to do my best.”
 
How different were the Texans through the free agency process than the Dolphins were?
“It really wasn’t a difference. I just wanted a new start. I feel like with this offense and this organization, I feel like we could do a lot of great things. I just want to be a part of something very special.”
 
Are you excited to get more touches with the Texans than you did in Miami?
“Yes, I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I’ve been following Houston for a while now. I know in this offense, they get their running backs involved. I just wanted to be a part of that. I feel like with my skill set, I can help this offense.”
 
Why is leaving Miami worth it after spending your whole life there?
“I just wanted a new start. I want to be a feature back. With this organization, I know they get their running backs involved. I just wanted to be a part of it.”
 
QB BROCK OSWEILER
 
Opening Statement:
“Good afternoon, how is everyone doing? I just want to start this thing off today by thanking Mr. McNair and the entire McNair Family, along with Rick Smith and Coach (Bill) O’Brien for really just giving me this incredible opportunity to be a Houston Texan and join this amazing franchise. Today I really want to thank my family, without them I am not here today. This dream wouldn’t come true. I am fortunate to have my mom, my dad and my wife in the audience today. My brother is back home in Montana and I have the most loving and supportive family in the world and I wouldn’t be here without them so thank you. I want to thank the Bowlen family. I want to thank John Elway. I want to thank Coach John Fox. Because without them, my NFL journey wouldn’t have started. Thank you for bringing me into the National Football League and giving me an opportunity in Denver. I would like to thank Coach (Gary) Kubiak for everything he did from me last season on our way to winning Super Bowl 50 and I’ll forever be appreciative for everything that Coach Kubiak did for me. I have to thank my agents, Jimmy Sexton, Jim Denton, R.J. Gonser, thank you guys so much from the bottom of my heart for everything that you guys have done for me from day one. Also, I would definitely be wrong if I did not thank Coach Adam Gase. Coach Gase, he is the one that taught me how to work and prepare on a daily basis every single day in the National Football League, so Coach Gase thank you for that. Thank you Coach (Dennis) Erickson and (Coach) Noel Mazzone. Coach, I don’t know what I would do without you, so thank you very much.”
 
“Now onto the future. I have great respect for the Houston Texans organization and what Mr. McNair has created here in Houston. I am extremely humbled. I am honored, but most of all, I am extremely excited to get to work. After speaking to Coach O’Brien today and some of the other coaches, I wish spring ball started tomorrow. To the fans, to my teammates, to the community, to the organization, I promise you one thing, I promise you that I will come in this building every single day, rain or shine, and I will give it everything I have. Nobody will outwork me. Nobody will out prepare me and that is the one thing that I can promise you. An old coach once told me to only worry about the things that you control. Well bottom line, I control how hard I work. I control how hard I prepare. I control how great of a teammate I can be, and bottom line, I want to come here, I want to do my job to the best of my abilities. I want to be a great teammate. At the end of the day if I can walk out of this building and someone said that I was a hard worker and I prepared hard, that is what will make me feel good. Without any more comments, I can’t tell the Houston community, I can’t tell my teammates, this coaching staff, truly how excited I am to be a Houston Texan and get to work in April. Thank you.”
 
How difficult was this decision?
“It was a very difficult decision. In fact, it was the most difficult decision of my life. I am very thankful, I am very appreciative for everything that the Denver Broncos organization has done for me. However, in saying that at this point in time in my career, I feel that the Houston Texans give me the best opportunity to be successful. From the top down, starting with the McNair family, moving down to the coaching staff with Coach (George) Godsey and Coach (Bill) O’Brien and the offensive attack they have here I feel that their offense fits my skill set very well and I am excited to play in that offense and that is ultimately what brought me here to Houston.”
 
How tough was it mentally to get over getting benched for QB Peyton Manning in the second half of the San Diego game? Was that something that bothered you?
“Absolutely not. That is football. Guys get benched, replaced, injured, whatever you want to call it. Another guy comes in and he becomes the starter, that is football and that happens all of the time. Bottom line, I always want what is best for the team and as long as the football team is winning games, I am happy. When Peyton (Manning) came into the game in the third quarter and remained the starter -throughout that football game and all the way through the Super bowl, it was okay with me because the bottom line is our team was winning games and ultimately we won a world championship and that is our goal here today is to compete for world championships. I supported Coach Kubiak’s decision 100 percent. He is the coach and I will always do what is best for the football team.
 
Can you talk about your skillset for the people who are not familiar with your game and talk about what you learned from Peyton Manning.
“When you start talking about what I’ve learned from Peyton and what I’ve pulled from him, we would need hours to get to the full list. Obviously, Peyton is one of the best to ever play the position. I have tremendous respect for everything that he has done in this league. But ultimately, the thing I truly pulled away from Peyton is how to be a pro on a daily basis, how to be the same guy Monday through Sunday, whether it’s April or whether it’s November. I’ll always be very appreciative for Peyton. Whether he knew it or not, I was watching him and he taught me how to be a pro.”
 
Where does this moment stack up in your career?
“Boy, this is right at the top of the mountain. This is truly a dream come true. I’m just so thankful and I’m so appreciative that the McNair family and Rick Smith are giving me this opportunity to be a Houston Texan. To have my parents and my wife in the audience, this truly is a dream.”
 
What kind of expectations have the Texans talked to you about?
“We haven’t really got into that. But the way I look at it, the Houston Texans were a playoff team last year. So, They’ve already created a great culture here. They’ve already created a great locker room. They already have a great football team. My biggest thing is just coming in and doing my job to the best of my abilities, to put the football team in a position to be successful. Just don’t hurt the football team. I don’t think I need to come in and do anything special. Obviously, I know there’s plenty of areas that I can improve in my game. I’m already working on that in the offseason.”
 
Talk about playing with a wide receiver like DeAndre Hopkins and the type of target he is.
“You can see it in my smile. It’s very exciting. I’ve been fortunate to experience two great receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but what DeAndre brings to the game is truly special. DeAndre and I have already talked on the phone. We’re already trying to find a place to go work out together and get to work. To have the opportunity to play with a football player like that, that’s what gets a quarterback out of bed in the morning.”
 
When in your mind had you decided on Houston?
“It wasn’t until yesterday. It was yesterday, it really did come down to the wire and I gave John Elway a phone call just to let him know the direction I was going to go into and that was a very hard phone call to make, but I told John out of the respect for him and everything he’s done for me he deserved it. It truly came down to the wire, but like I said before, I could not be more excited to be a Houston Texan and get to work.”
 
There were reports that you hadn’t talked to anyone in Denver, you weren’t answering people’s phone calls for a couple of weeks, is that not true?
“It wasn’t a couple weeks, there was an offer on the table for a small period of time. With this being my first time going through free agency, you follow your agency’s advice. So I was just following their lead, however when it did come time to make decisions, I did talk with Denver as well as Houston and we were able to get this deal done.”
 
Describe how you think you’ll handle the pressure of signing such a big contract when a lot of people think your body of work is small?
“I don’t want to downplay the contract or anything like that, but bottom line, football is football, and football is played between the white lines. When I step onto the football field on Sunday or Monday or Thursday or whatever that day may be, I’m not going to be thinking about pressure. I’m not going to be thinking about a contract. I’m going to be thinking about how can I do my job in the best way possible and help get this football team win.”
 
From a football standpoint, what do you feel like you bring to the table in terms of your strengths and what do you need to work on?
“Well there’s always room for improvement. I’ll start there. You look at last season and a lot of people would say I took a lot of sacks, I might argue and say I protected the football, you know, so there’s two ways to look at it, but I also agree there’s a time and a place to just throw the ball away. Throw it at the receivers feet, throw it out of bounds over a receivers’ head rather than losing those yards. I’m going to go back and look at all those plays from last season to improve that area of my game. That’s one thing there, but as far as something I bring to the table, I firmly believe that games are won during the week. Games aren’t won on Sunday, they’re won with how you prepare and how you work as a team during the week, how you compete at practice during the week. I’m just going to try to bring hard work to the table, leadership and once again, the Houston Texans are already a great football team. Nobody needs to come in here and work a miracle. I’m just going to try to be the best me I can possibly be on a daily basis to add to this great football team.”
 
What’s it going to be like going to play against Denver and the possibility of opening the season against them this year?
“Well experiencing a season opener in Denver, the one thing I can tell you is it’d be a hell of an environment to go back to Denver opening night, but you know what I’m sure I’ll have mixed emotions throughout the day, but kind of like I spoke to earlier, when the game starts I’m only worried about being the best teammate I can be and doing my job to the best of my abilities and ultimately, helping the Houston Texans get a victory while we’re up there.”
 
Talk about your mental toughness and coming to a team with a coach who is tough on his players.
“I love it. It’s one of the reasons why I came here. I did hours and hours and hours of research on all the teams that I was considering and one of the notes I made about Coach O’Brien is passion and fire. I expect Coach O’Brien to coach me hard. I told him today I said, ‘I know you’re a phenomenal football coach and I know your background and where you come from.’ I said, ‘I want to get everything out of you I possibly can.’ I expect to have him coach me very hard, but that’s how you get better.”
 
What’s your mindset now moving forward?
“You get to work. It really starts with that. Sometimes people try to make football to be a complicated game. It’s simple. To keep that feeling up high, you just get to work. It’s one day at a time, stacking up good day after good day after good day. When you stack up a lot of really good days, really good things happen.”
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