HOUSTON -- Building the defense through the draft is a long-standing Houston Texans tradition.
Of their 14 drafts, only four first-round picks have been offensive players -- quarterback David Carr in 2002, receiver Andre Johnson in 2003, left tackle Duane Brown in 2008 and receiver DeAndre Hopkins in 2013.
As such, the decision to take a defensive player in this year's first round wasn't especially surprising. Nonetheless, Texans coach Bill O'Brien was asked last night to address the decision to focus on defense until the Texans find a quarterback. That phrase set off O'Brien.
"You know, ‘until we find our quarterback’ like I just want to make sure that just personally I’m clear on that," he said. "We feel really good about our quarterback position. To be honest with you, I’m a little tired of hearing that."
To no longer hear about the quarterback position is an understandable, if not realistic, desire. There wasn't anything the Texans could do in this year's first round to address it. Jameis Winston went first overall to the Buccaneers. The Texans were drafting too far down to make a realistic push to jump to the second pick and take Marcus Mariota. There wasn't a quarterback, in their estimation, worth a first-round pick that they could have taken.
In my view, the Texans handled their quarterback situation this offseason as best they could. They re-signed Ryan Mallett and added Brian Hoyer in free agency, setting up a competition for the most important position on the field.
"We feel good about our quarterback position," O'Brien said. "These guys are in here competing. They’re learning. They’re doing a good job so far in the offseason workouts. We can’t wait to get out there and start working with them."
The problem for O'Brien is, every head coach who doesn't have a settled quarterback situation is going to hear about it until he does.