Tag Archives: Bill O’Brien

Bill O’ the Clown Triumphs in First Round of 2020 NFL Draft

All you Texans’ fans can be proud of what Head Coach/GM Bill O’Brien did in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.  Absolutely nothing.  Red was expecting Bill to trade away some more draft picks and All-Pro talent to pick up a player in the first round that the experts had going in the third round at best.  So Kudos to Bill for sitting on your hands.

It won’t last.

Texans Make Bold Play in Free Agency

The Houston Texans went long in the free agent market yesterday – signing Denver Broncos “backup” quarterback Brock Osweiler and Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller.   The moves are intended to fill two gaping holes in the Texans offense with current QB Brian Hoyer being widely viewed as a capable second stringer at best and the backfield being open following the release of running back Arian Foster.

Red rates the Miller move as a solid decision to pick up a proven running back who has averaged 4.6 yards per carry on weak to mediocre Dolphins teams.   Miller also comes in at age 25 (for next season) without too much wear and tear.  He has 638 carries in his 4 year career.  The last two seasons, Miller also showed himself as a capable receiver averaging over 40 catches.  He should be good enough to keep the job for 3-4 seasons if used wisely.  Miller has said he wants 20 touches a game.  If the Texans are smart, it will be about 15 and Alfred Blue will continue to get work in relief.  The $26 million – 4 year deal for LM is not a budget buster.   On the proverbial scale, Red weighs this one in at 7.5.

The Osweiler deal is another story.  The Texans busted open the bank with a 4 year – $72 million contract for the unproven BO.  The sports talk empire in Houston was naturally abuzz over the move with the local sports wags mostly buying the company line.  Red has to break with Charlie Palilo, Red’s preferred drive-time radio man, on this one.  The Texans have placed at least 10 of the dozen eggs in the Osweiler basket and Red thinks the bottom may not be as strong as beleaguered Texans GM Rick Smith calculates.   For those interested, here is what $72 million buys these days.  If BO turns out to be a less injury-prone Matt Schaub 2.0, then the deal is probably just on the high side of okay.  But for fans expecting Osweiler to take the Texans to the next level (which would be making it to the AFC Championship game), Red thinks probably not.  Which means for ol’ Billy Bob Texansfan, this move is likely to disappoint.  Safe to say, however, that Rick Smith and Coach Bill O’Brian have staked their careers in Houston on this move.

 

Brian Hoyer Named Starting Quarterback for Texans

Feisty Brian Hoyer has been named the Houston Texans starting quarterback for the season opener with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Hoyer, who has been much-maligned by the Houston sports radio crowd, will get a chance to prove it on the field.  While everyone talks about the importance of the QB position, it probably won’t matter who Coach Bill O’Brien has taking snaps unless there is a marked improvement in the offensive line.  Since the dismissal of Chris Myers and the failure of Sua’filo to emerge as a legitimate starter, the O-line is in relative turmoil inside the tackles.  The main reason the Cowboys were a playoff team last year was because they have spent capital and precious draft picks on offensive linemen and now sport one of the best units in the NFL.  The Texans had a similarly excellent line only 4 seasons ago and it carried them to the playoffs twice.  With a journeyman quarterback and Arian Foster out for the foreseeable future, 2015 could be a long year for the Deep Steel Blue, Liberty White and Battle Red clad fans at NRG.

At least, Hoyer understands the situation.  After the pathetic offensive performance in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Broncos, Hoyer said, “I think at this point there’s definitely things that need to be corrected and get fixed. But I don’t feel poorly about where I’m at. I don’t know if I’d say I feel great. I think we have a long way to go as an entire offensive unit, myself included.”

Hoyer will definitely need to improve on last year’s line with the Browns.  Read it and weep, Texans fans.

Rank
Comp. pct. 55.3 32nd
TD-Int ratio 0.92* 31st
Total QBR 39.8 30th
Yards per att. 7.6 9th