Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien wants you to know why he prefers trades

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien spoke with ESPN’s Sarah Barshop about his maddening strategy as of late and why he prefers to trade for talent. Look.

The Houston Texans are just one day away from the NFL Draft which will commence tomorrow night.  As always, it will be slated for a primetime start at 7 p.m. CDT with the first round of picks to be announced through the evening.  The draft will be simulcast on ESPN, NFL Network with some rounds even being televised on ABC as well.

The main difference is that it will be held virtually as we all spread out in the wake of COVID-19 but I think it’s definitely going to be the most-watched draft in NFL history because us sports fans are looking for something fresh to see after things have been on pause more than a month now.

There will be a feeling of normalcy for at least over the next few days as we see our favorite prospects get taken off the board and I’m sure we’re hopeful that some of them go to the Houston Texans.

As you know, the Houston Texans will not have a first-round pick as a result of collateral for the Laremy Tunsil/Kenny Stills trade but will be quite active on Day 2 which will also take place Friday night starting at 6 p.m. CDT.

Will the Houston Texans try to trade up back into the first round to get what they want?  Bill O’Brien has given some indication of what the franchise will likely do tomorrow night.

He spoke with Sarah Barshop, the Houston Texans beat reporter with ESPN and he told her pretty much what he prefers in terms of his current strategy of trading for veterans versus stocking up on draft picks.

Here’s what he told Barshop in a conference call:

"“I think it’s going to be really difficult for rookies without offseason practicing on the field and being able to do all the things that you do during that five-week stretch after the draft and then training camp,” O’Brien said. “Who knows when all that will start — I’m not trying to predict that — but I think this year being different than any other year is part of our building of the team also.”"

He also mentioned that because of the pandemic and with workouts being held virtually, that this was a “veteran type of year.”

O’Brien is dead-set on trying to win now because the team is currently working on deals to whet

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the appetites of Tunsil as well as Deshaun Watson for a contract extension.  Things will get expensive as time moves on so it’s understandable what’s happening here.

Inside linebacker Zach Cunningham is coming into the last season of his rookie deal and he needs a new contract as well.  I would like to hope they’d keep him because of his strong performance and the draft capital — he was a second-round pick — vested into him.

Now the reasoning behind the DeAndre Hopkinstrade is debatable as I’m sure things could’ve been worked out but the two obviously didn’t like each other.

Whatever happens, Lord O’Brien of the Houston Texans has spoken and he thinks this is the best way to go so we’ll have to see how it turns out.

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I’m sure we’re all hoping for the best…

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