RTC: J.J. Watt's ranking better this year

January, 8, 2014
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The quarterback will be paramount for Texans coach Bill O'Brien's tenure. What has he learned from the past? From TheMMQB.com: "Tom never stopped thinking about football. When you coach Tom Brady, you’re not coaching with him; you’re a partner in the offense with him. That’s the ideal for a quarterback—someone who cares about it as much as you do.” O’Brien found that in Matt McGloin at Penn State in his first year there, and it’s why he went to the mat with NFL teams, stridently insisting to them last spring they should give McGloin a shot in training camp. The Raiders did, and McGloin ended up playing seven games for Oakland, outperforming Terrelle Pryor. The big question for O’Brien: Is Teddy Bridgewater that guy with the No. 1 pick? Is Blake Bortles (288 passing yards, three touchdowns, 74 percent completions in a Sept. 14 Central Florida win at Penn State) the guy after a trade down? Or Johnny Manziel, or Tajh Boyd, or Derek Carr? O’Brien will find out soon enough."

Pro Football Focus ranked J.J. Watt better this year than last year, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Robert Quinn ranked second to Watt in PFF's rankings.

Gary Kubiak might have a new job sooner than later. DetroitLions.com announced the Lions interviewed the former Texans coach on Tuesday. "He seems to fit the profile the Lions have set up for their new head coach. He’s an offensive-minded coach with a history of working with quarterbacks and has head coaching experience."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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