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Friday, August 29, 2014
Bill O'Brien needs more from Louis Nix

By Tania Ganguli

HOUSTON -- You don't always get the frankness we got on Friday from Texans coach Bill O'Brien, in this instance regarding nose tackle Louis Nix.

Nix missed time during this offseason after having a knee scope, and the catchup process for the third-round pick doesn't have Nix where O'Brien wants him.

"It’s been OK," O'Brien said. "He has to get a lot better. He’s a third-round draft pick and he needs to make sure he’s working extremely hard every day to play pro football. We’re in the process of figuring out who the 53-man roster is. A lot of those things we take into account.

"You have a guy there that’s a young guy who really doesn’t totally get it yet, what it means to play in this league. He has to come out and earn it. He’s better than he was when he came out on the field a couple weeks ago against Atlanta, but he’s got a long way to go."

Strong words.

When the Texans drafted Nix, trading back into the third round to get him. I thought he'd at least compete to be a starter, but quickly it was clear Jerrell Powe had that spot locked down. The fact O'Brien even brought up the roster cuts in a response about Nix is very interesting.