Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien finally makes an important yet prudent decision

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has made a prudent decision by allowing offensive coordinator Tim Kelly to call plays for 2020. How so? Let’s talk.

Houston Texans fans — it’s the offseason and biggest storyline right now is if the players will have a new deal to work on as the current collective bargaining agreement expires after this season.  Both sides — the owners and the players — want to get a deal done before then so that they don’t run the risk of having a lockout, something that occurred during the last CBA negotiations in 2011.

There have already been disagreements on the proposal with prominent names such as J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson voicing their concerns against what looks like a bad deal to them.

Although there’s not the risk of a lockout now, there’s no question that these players should stand up for the rights with holdout to agree to the deal.

If there were no players, there would be no NFL so a deal that is fair and equitable on both ends is something that both sides should be seeking.  The season extending by one week to 17 games plus the expansion of the playoffs are the big-ticket items but I’m sure there are some work rules language that has been changed that the players don’t like.

If an injustice has been done in the terms of legal jargon, then it must be changed and starts with the NFL stars, who are the voice for the voiceless.

So that will be an ongoing saga for this offseason but while that was going on, Houston Texans’ faithful was able to get some outstanding news.

According to ESPN.com’s Mike Wells, Bill O’Brien will be relinquishing the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, who will be going into his second season in his rather new role.

Here’s what OB had to say about the recent decision he has made:

"“[Kelly is] a really bright guy,” O’Brien said. “He’s a really good coach. Players really respect him. He just does a great job. Great knowledge of the whole offense from the passing game to the running game.”"

He also mentioned that the strong rapport between Kelly and Deshaun Watson factored into his decision:

"“Deshaun and [Kelly] have a great relationship,” O’Brien said. “… Deshaun has great trust in Timmy and the work that Timmy puts in, what Tim brings to the meeting room and on the field. Tim is an excellent coach.”"

Although Kelly had the role of OC for the Houston Texans last season, it was quite obvious that O’Brien was calling the shots.  I’m positive he was wanting to see if Kelly had what it took to call plays on his own and it’s apparent he’s given enough trust to Kelly to do so.

This is Kelly’s first stint as an OC in the NFL but Kelly has been with O’Brien since his days coaching

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at Penn State so they go way back.

I recall during the preseason in regard to how different the offense looked when Kelly was calling the plays versus when OB was doing so during the season.

Fake punt call on 4th down in your own territory in a critical playoff matchup anyone?

Bueller?  Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?  Frye?

Yeah, O’Brien was doing disservice to his team by having so much on his plate and it’s great to know that he’s come to his senses.  You can be the greatest of leaders but it’s okay to delegate because it makes one even better.

So the news that I finally have been waiting for has become a reality and I couldn’t be happier.

I wish Tim the best of luck and I hope it makes a difference in terms of improved productivity within the offense.  I want to see them in the Top 5 next season.

Next. Texans must pursue A.J. Bouye heavily in free agency. dark

I can only imagine what he’ll be able to do with Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, a healthy Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and hopefully a healthy Kahale Warring.  It’d be nice to have Darren Fells back but I’m sure that’s going to be tough decision to retain dependent on what the demand for his services are.

We’ll have to follow up on this post later this year…