Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...
Wade Phillips spent New Year's Day in Dallas with his family. Reached by the Houston Chronicle's Dale Robertson, Phillips said he hadn't spoken to new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien yet and that usually when you haven't heard from someone, it means you aren't part of their plans. Phillips said he would like to remain defensive coordinator in Houston. He also told Mark Berman of Fox 26 that the decision was out of his hands.
Developing a young quarterback might be an important part of O'Brien's new job, writes Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press. She goes through some of his history with quarterbacks, which includes George Godsey at Georgia Tech and Matt McGloin and Christian Hackenberg at Penn State. McGloin credits his making it to the NFL to O'Brien's help. Hackenberg was Big Ten freshman of the year in 2013 after throwing for 2,955 yards, the third highest total in school history.
Here is an interesting perspective from Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski about the similarities between Eagles coach Chip Kelly and soon to be Texans coach Bill O'Brien. It speaks to the idea that college coaches can't succeed in the NFL. There are a lot who have failed, but when a coach's skills and interests line up well with the different demands that come with being an NFL head coach, it can work. I've always thought it illogical to make blanket statements about the future based on the past. Kelly and O'Brien, Sielski says, are both men who enjoy not having to deal with all the off-the-field "glad-handing of boosters" and other obligations that come with being a college head coach.
Our old friend Sean Pendergast says in the Houston Press that Texans fans deserve the dawn of the Bill O'Brien/Johnny Manziel era in Houston. Part of his argument for Manziel: "All Manziel has done is pile up ungodly stats in some of the most scintillating ways possible in the most harrowing conference in college football. Arm strength? He has it. Accuracy? Ridiculously accurate. Extending plays and scrambling? The best ever." He challenges you to find one football reason Manziel isn't right for the Texans.
Local radio host John Harris wrote a column for the Houston Chronicle in which he talked about his relationship with O'Brien. The two of them played in college together. He focuses on O'Brien's work ethic.