Head Coach Bill O’Brien
HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
Now that you’ve been able to look back at the tape, did you have some of your guys signal a timeout?
“I answered that one yesterday.”
You took the blame for it.
“That’s right, and that’s what it comes down to. We all just need to do a better job in that situation.”
If you signaled for a timeout, it should have been a timeout.
“I’m just telling you, I talked about it yesterday. I just think everybody needs to do a better job, and it starts with me.”
Did you at any point try to say anything to a referee to say that one of your guys signaled a timeout?
“Like I said, yesterday after the game, I addressed it. And again, the game’s over. We’re actually meeting at noon, we’re moving onto Tennessee. There were a lot of good things in the game, some things that we have to improve on. That would fall under, obviously, the area of where we need to improve, led by me.”
Do you think that after the initial disappointment that you will find encouragement from that game?
“Well, there were a lot of good things that happened in the game. Again, like I said after the game, there’s no moral victories, but there were a lot of really, really good things that did happen in the game. I think it was a game where we made a lot of plays on defense. I think we strip-sacked them three times. I think we held them to under 60 yards rushing. Offensively, it was probably the first time we’ve had 400 yards in a game in a long time. Ran it for 125, threw for 301, whatever it was. So, I think there were a lot of good things that happened. Special teams-wise there was some decent plays, but we have to clean up some things on special teams. But I think there’s a lot to build on.”
Do you beat yourself up after a game like that wondering what if, or can you put it behind you and move on immediately?
“It’s one you think about for a while. No doubt about it.”
Looking at the red-area stuff, what do you see from it and what do you think?
“We had some plays there where I just need to coach it better, I need to design it better and do a better job for the players.”
How helpful was it to have TE Ryan Griffin and WR Bruce Ellington back for this game?
“They both made plays. Ryan (Griffin) made some big plays in the game. Obviously, that touchdown catch was a great throw and a great catch by Griff. He had other plays. He had a penalty called on him on one catch that he had, a 12-yard catch that was negated because of an offensive pass interference penalty. So, I thought that he had a good game. He blocked well. It’s good to have him back. And Bruce (Ellington) made some plays. Bruce hasn’t been here. Not saying he’s new anymore, but he’s relatively new as compared to the other guys on the offense, and I think he’s come along pretty well.”
Is WR Will Fuller V on track to play this Sunday?
“I think that’ll be something that we’ll see starting on Wednesday, but I’m hearing some good things.”
How much did the 10 days of preparation help you work with QB Deshaun Watson and flesh out what you could do with him?
“We’ve been working with Deshaun since the night he was drafted. I was on the phone with him. I think we sent him whatever sections of the playbook we could send him, we sent him. As soon as he arrived in Houston, we began to meet with him. As soon as we were allowed to get on the field, we began to work with him. He worked with everybody that was out there. When we got into training camp there were injuries and things like that, so nobody worked with (DeAndre) Hopkins for about four or five weeks, I think, because he was out with a thumb. Nobody worked with (Will) Fuller (V) because he was out for a long time because he broke his collarbone. So, Deshaun was in there with some guys that aren’t here anymore. So was Tom (Savage). Deshaun has worked a lot with us as to what his package is. When we got ready for Cincinnati, yeah, it was a short week. We tried to do what we thought was best to beat Cincinnati (and) we won the game. We had a little bit longer time, like you said, to prepare for New England. We thought we did what we were going to do what was best to help us beat New England and we feel like we had a decent plan, it just didn’t end up being that way. We kicked too many field goals. So, we’ll continue to work and we’ll continue to add to the offense based on what we’ve already done and based on what we see from our opponent.”
How important is it to continue improving as you go through three consecutive home games?
“I mean, it’s an improvement league. It’s a progress league, so you have to get better from week to week. That’s what the league’s all about. It’s a race to see who can get better the fastest. Not just as players, but the players and coaches combined. Who can get better the fastest? It’s a race to see who can improve the fastest.”
Based on your game plan and how he performed, what did QB Deshaun Watson do best?
“He does a lot of things well for a young player. He’s a very smart player. It would be hard for me to tell you he did ‘this’ thing better than others. The key for Deshaun is now building on it. His first two starts on the road, he’s played pretty well. So now it’s, OK, what do I need to do to get ready for another really good team, obviously, and a new defense and a Dick LeBeau-designed defense – which is something he’s never seen before. So, he just needs to take each week as a new week and a new challenge. That’s the kind of kid he is and that’s what he’ll do.”
Are you quite sure on what pass interference is in today’s game?
“I don’t know. If I knew, I’d be able to coach it better. What I see on film being done to us, and how we teach running routes and man-to-man coverage, I mean, I don’t even know. I think that’s a better question for somebody else.”
What did you think about the offensive line’s performance yesterday?
“I think there were some really good things and then some things we need to clean up, some things we did that I thought schematically was really good and then other things that we need to do a better job of coaching. But I thought, just like I said about the second week, I think they’re getting better.”
Did you see assignment issues with the secondary or is it just a matter of guys getting open?
“Look, Tom (Brady) made some great throws. Those guys went up and caught the ball. We were in tight coverage on, I think, two or three of them and other ones we got lost in coverage a little bit. But our guys were competitive as heck. There were times where we were just right there for a sack. The guy’s a great player. He did an unbelievable job in the game.”
What are some things that the Tennessee Titans have done this season that stand out?
“Well, I mean, obviously, offensively, they run the ball very well. They have very good running backs, a big, physical offensive line, big, physical running backs. They do a lot of things well. I think defensively, like I’ve said already, they have a defense that’s a very attacking defense with a lot of athletic players and then on special teams, I mean, they have a lot of good core special teams players. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’ll meet with our players right now and then once those guys are out of here this afternoon, we’ll get going with Tennessee.”
You have three straight home games followed by a bye week. How much of an opportunity is that?
“Yeah, we’ve got a good opportunity. There’s no doubt about it. That’s how we have to view it. It’s up to all of us to improve and get better.”
The Patriots running backs didn’t hurt you in the passing game. Is that because of what you guys did?
“I think that they chose a different way to attack us. I thought we did a good job against the backs. Look, we made a lot of big plays on defense. They made some big passing plays and Tom (Brady) did a great job, but our guys really fought and made some big plays themselves. We had strip sacks. We only got one of them. We stripped him three times and they recovered two of them. So, I think there were some really good things. They attacked us in different ways just like they do. They don’t attack you the same way twice. They have different game plans every time we play them, just like we do for them.”
How did ILB Zach Cunningham play?
“Good. He’s doing a good job.”
Is ILB Zach Cunningham doing a good job in coverage?
“I think when he was out there in coverage, I think he was pretty tight and did a good job. I thought he did a good job in the running game. He was physical. Yeah, I think Zach’s having a good rookie year so far. He’s got to keep it going.”
Any thoughts on OLB/DE Jadeveon Clowney having, statistically, one of his best games ever?
“He had a really good game. He played hard. We moved him around a lot. He plays very, very hard on Sundays. He’s an instinctive player, he makes a lot of plays on the ball. He’s got a knack for going for the ball. He’s just a very, very explosive player.”
Do you ramp up the intensity in practice in preparation for a tough team like the Tennessee Titans?
“I think we’ve got to be aware of the injury report relative to that. That was a tough game yesterday. It was hot up there and offensively, I think we were out there for about 34, 35 minutes. Defensively, not as long, but that last drive took a lot out of our guys. I think we have to just be conscious of that as coaches. But, obviously, we’ve got to have a good week of preparation relative to the team coming in here because like you said, that’s what they pride themselves on, too. It’ll will be a no fare dodging game. That’s the type of game it will be on Sunday.”