Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien recently was caught on tape displaying his true feelings in front of a fan. What did he tell the fan? Let’s look.
I’m sure your mind will wander back to the 2011-12 seasons where that rendition of the franchise was the most complete it could possibly be but still came up short because teams like the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens were just a bit better than them.
But this is the first time in the history of the existence of the Houston Texans‘ moniker that they’ve had a quarterback that they could rely upon day in and out.
Deshaun Watson eats adversity for breakfast and as you can see with the amazing play toward the end of the overtime period against the Buffalo Bills this Saturday, he isn’t shying away from it all.
He skillfully found a way to slither his way through two defenders and toss it out to Taiwan Jones, who gave the Houston Texans the necessarily gains to put the team in field goal position to win the football game in extra time.
This team is evolving and it has all been under the tutelage of Bill O’Brien, the team’s head coach for the past six seasons.
But what happens when a guy of O’Brien’s professional stature loses his cool at a fan that was criticizing his performance during a certain game?
Take a look at this video clip — with the audio included — that was at the half of the Houston Texans‘ debacle against the Denver Broncos back Dec. 8:
Viewer discretion is certainly advised but I recommend that you watch this if you haven’t already…
O’Brien was obviously troubled that the Houston Texans were down 31-3 at the half with no hope in sight of them getting back into the game. The team eventually closed the gap in garbage time to lose to the Broncos 31-24 but the damage had been done.
It’s just surprising to me that he’d let a fan — that has nowhere near the caliber of his expertise — get to him like that.
But I understand, sometimes you do have to verbally leash in front of someone ticking you off. It’s not only healthy but absolutely essential to one’s well-being. You’ve done it, I’ve done it and I’m sure everybody has.
O’Brien knows that he’s under pressure to win some playoff games because up until last Saturday, he only had one playoff win — a gaudy one — to his credit. As you listen to him respond to the fan, you can obviously feel as if the weight of the world was on his shoulders but for that moment,
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there was a moment of bliss as he put that heckler in his place as an obnoxious fan.
He had to be restrained to prevent him to continue to engage with the fan while heading to the locker room at half time.
O’Brien apologized yesterday when the video surfaced and this should honestly be the end of that.
Although his actions were wildly unprofessional and unconventional, they are understandable because it’s obvious he’s passionate about the success of the team under his watch.
We know this is O’Brien’s style and what you see is what you get. He showed his TRUE COLORS.
As the Houston Texans have the opportunity to make history, I’m sure cooler heads have prevailed over the last month, just as his coaching seat has from their impressive 22-19 win over the Bills.
Can O’Brien guide this team to the next round and beyond?
We’re about to find out what he’s made of.
O’Brien, 50, possesses a 52-44 record — 2-3 in the playoffs — through six seasons as head coach of the Houston Texans.