Head Coach Bill O’Brien
HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN
Can you address the comments made by Houston Texans Founder, Chairman and CEO Mr. Robert C. McNair and how you addressed it with the team?
“It’s been addressed. I’m really here to talk about Seattle. I’m 100 percent with these players. Our coaching staff’s 100 percent behind these players. If you have Seattle questions, that’s what I’m here to talk about, with all due respect, and there’s a lot of respect there. I just want to focus on Seattle. I think that’s what our team is trying to do.”
Multiple media outlets reported that WR DeAndre Hopkins was not at practice today. What’s his status for Sunday?
“He’s fine. He took a personal day today.”
As a coach, what kind of challenges does it present when you’re trying to get your team ready for Seattle?
“Somebody said this the other day, I can’t think of who said it, it might have been – I don’t want to put a name to something I’m not sure about – but somebody said, ‘When you sign up to be a head coach, it’s what you sign up for.’ I love these players. I love this coaching staff. We will show up in Seattle and play, and we will play very hard. Seattle’s a great football team with a great coaching staff, but we will be there when the ball is kicked off in Seattle.”
Do you expect any of your players to kneel or anything during the national anthem?
“I have no idea. I think that we’re all grown men, and like I said in the very beginning, I would tell you I support my players 100 percent.”
Will WR DeAndre Hopkins be in Seattle on Sunday after missing practice today?
“I would tell you that he’ll be here. If something changes, I’m sure we’ll let you know.”
Will WR DeAndre Hopkins play on Sunday if he is in Seattle?
“Yeah, he’ll start, and he’ll be lined up in a lot of different places and he’ll play.”
Is WR DeAndre Hopkins’ absence related to Houston Texans Founder, Chairman and CEO Mr. Robert C. McNair’s recent comments?
“Again, I’m really just focused on the game. If you guys have any Seattle – a couple guys had personal days today. We’ve had a long week coming off the bye. So, we practiced on Monday, we had an extra practice, so a couple guys needed to take care of some things.”
Will T Chris Clark play on Sunday?
“I don’t know. I would say probably not, as I sit here right now. That could change, though. We may work some guys out before the game just to see where they’re at.”
Is the plan to activate T Duane Brown before this game?
“It’s definitely trending toward that, but I think we have to sit down and make sure that we’re all on the same page with that, including Duane (Brown), obviously. But, I would say it’s trending toward him being able to play.”