Head Coach Bill O’Brien
HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
With the extra time you have to get ready for the game against New England, what are some things you want to get done?
“It’s only two games into the year, but we’ll definitely, obviously, study ourselves quite a bit, see what we can obviously improve on, see if we can keep doing the things that we’re doing well, keep doing those things. Then we’ll really start studying the Patriots.”
Since you now have a new quarterback, what are some things you want to do to tailor to QB Deshaun Watson with this time you have before the next game?
“That’s all part of it. I’m not going to obviously get into that, but that’s all part of it. I think it’s really every position. As much as we’re going to look at that position, as far as what we can do to improve, to help him improve, we’re going to look at the defensive tackle position, what can we do there, (and) special teams. We’ll really look at all of it.”
Besides the win, what did you like best about what QB Deshaun Watson did for you last night in his first NFL start?
“It’s like I’ve said from the start with him, he’s got good poise. He’s a smart guy. He rarely makes the same mistake twice, he kind of learns right away. He’s a quick learner. He just did a nice job. He did a real nice job on the last drive, the last long drive that we had. He did a very nice job on that drive when we had to put together some plays there. He did that by getting us into the right play on almost every single play. So, I thought that was a really good sign.”
Were you impressed with the way RB D’Onta Foreman played yesterday?
“Yeah, I thought he did a good job. He’s a downhill guy. He’s got good vision. He’s a big guy and he ran hard. I thought for his first, that’s the first time he’s had that much action, he did a good job.”
Were you impressed with the way the offensive line responded after the first game?
“Sure, yeah. I’m impressed with the whole team. Like I said last night, it was a short week. Went up there with a lot of guys out, coming off of a tough loss and I thought the whole team really bonded together and played well.”
It seemed like there were a few passes that QB Deshaun Watson threw yesterday that if defenders had made good plays, maybe they could have made interceptions. Obviously, you can’t have interceptions, but at the same time, you’re talking about a rookie. How do you balance that when you’re coaching and evaluating?
“I think he’ll get better and better. I think he really – you know, he’s got his iPad right away out on the plane and he’s watching the tape. I mean, this kid’s going to get better and better and better the more he plays. He’s played a lot for us from OTAs to training camp to the preseason to where he is now, and he’ll learn. Like I said, he’s a quick study. He’s a quick learner. He’s going to make his share of mistakes, he’s going to see things that he’s never seen before, seeing them for the first time, and he’ll learn from it. I thought last night he really learned during the game, and that was pretty good to see.”
You’ve had a ton of injuries already this season. How do you handle the situation and is this something you’ve ever had to deal with before?
“No, not really. Although in college I did. When I was at Penn State, there’s an 85 scholarship rule but we had, I think at the end of my time there at Penn State, we probably had about 50, 45 kids on scholarship because of a bunch of different reasons. So, relative to college I have, but relative to the NFL, no. That’s the NFL. That’s the beauty of the NFL, is that on a week-to-week basis, you have to look at your roster, you have to say, ‘These guys are out.’ We had more guys out than the seven inactives. So, we were at 52 guys on the active roster last night. Nobody has asked me about that, but we were at 52, so we had to figure out as a coaching staff, on both sides of the ball and on special teams how to – they’re not going to cancel the game. That’s the great part about the NFL, you’ve got to figure it out, you’ve got to figure it out on a short week. I give a lot of credit to our coaching staff and then obviously all of the credit goes to our players for being able to execute what they did last night.”
Are you hoping to get back some of the players who missed last night’s game?
“I don’t know. We got back at 4 a.m., so I haven’t really talked to Kap (Geoff Kaplan) yet about it. I would say that it would be tough for some of those concussion guys to get back, but we’ll see where they’re at. I just saw a few of those guys in the locker room and they said they’re feeling better and all that, so we’ll kind of see how it goes. We’ve got a while before the next game, but we’ll kind of see how it goes. I wouldn’t be able to give you a definitive answer on that. “
What did you think of T Julién Davenport last night?
“I thought that Davenport and Kyle Fuller, for the roles that they played, did a nice job. I mean, I just got done pretty much watching the whole thing again and look, there were certain things that they struggled with in their first time out, but they played aggressively, which was really good to see. They got lined up properly most of the time, except for one time I think, which was good to see. Like I said, they played aggressively. Sometimes Davenport was blocking (Carlos) Dunlap or having to block those defensive ends, and that’s not easy your first time out. Same thing with Kyle. So, I thought it was a decent night.”
What did you see in the growth from Defensive Coordinator Mike Vrabel from Week 1 to Week 2?
“He did a good job. I thought the defensive staff did a real good job, obviously. That’s the way we need to play. We need to play good defense, stop the run. I mean, they gave up some runs, but overall I thought that they really did a good job of stopping the run when they had to. And then that set up the fact that now they could have a pass rush, stay in good coverage and be disruptive in the passing game, and that’s what we did. We played good, fundamental defense. We got back to the basics on defense. We weren’t trying to manufacture a TFL on every play, and that’s what we need to do – play good, fundamental defense. I thought Mike and the whole defensive staff did a nice job.”
It looked like OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney seemed disappointed that he didn’t score.
“He was moving, though. He was moving. He can run. It’s pretty amazing. He’s 270-something pounds. That was a great play by Kareem Jackson. Kareem Jackson came in and knocked the ball out and the ball popped right to JD and he reversed field and went. I was glad he went the right way because he was headed the other way. But no, it was a good play.”
Can you speak to what CB Kareem Jackson did last night?
“Yeah, he played well. Look, they’ve got good receivers so relative to coverage, I mean, A.J. Green and the guys that they have over there, they’ve got some really good receivers. I thought K-Jack played one of the best games he’s had since I’ve been here. He did a lot of different things, he blitzed off the edge, got a sack, caused a fumble, had several tackles. Just a very smart player and he’s a very valuable player to our team because he can do so many different things, and he played really well. I thought there were other guys that had good games on defense, too, like D.J. Reader. D.J. Reader played a hell of a football game last night. I mean, he was all over the place, played tough, ran down plays, and then there were other guys, too. So, it was good.”