O’Brien: ‘The sun, I believe, rose today’

O’Brien: ‘The sun, I believe, rose today’
August 10, 2014, 3:30 pm
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The Texans were crushed, manhandled and embarrassed on Saturday night, losing the first preseason game of the 2014 season to the Arizona Cardinals 32-0.

On Sunday, head coach Bill O’Brien said he understood the questions and concern from fans but still feels confident in his team and even found some positives to take out of the lopsided loss.

“At the end of the day, it’s one game,” O’Brien said. “The sun, I believe, rose today.”

O’Brien said he and his staff watched the game on the plane ride home from Arizona and met on Sunday morning to watch it again. Monday’s practice will be pushed back a half hour so the team can meet to go over Saturday’s game.

“We’ll get them together tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock and we’ll show them kind of the good, the bad and the ugly,” O’Brien said. “That’s part of it. You have to show it to them and teach them what they did wrong. And hopefully they learn from their mistakes and they can go out on the practice field and correct them.”

The game was obviously not good for the Texans. They ran 42 plays to the Cardinals’ 74. They lost the time-of-possession battle 42-18. They were 0-for-8 on third down, while the Cardinals were 12-for-18 on third and fourth downs.

There was a lot of bad and plenty of ugly. But there was some good too. “And that’s not me trying to put a positive spin on it,” he said.

When asked specifically what positives he saw, the head coach pointed toward the starting offensive line. He also mentioned J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Brooks Reed, Jeff Tarpinian, Mike Mohamed, D.J. Swearinger. He also said some of the young players, like Alfred Blue, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Xavier Su’a-Filo and Andre Hal “played pretty well.”

“They also had their bad moments too, like we all did,” O’Brien said. “But I thought there were some positives.”

One of the biggest negatives from the game was the amount of penalties. The Texans had 13 for 126 yards.

“Obviously, what I’m doing didn’t work because we had 13 penalties,” he said. “I think we had six in a row. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before in my life. Delay of game to start the half. That’s on me. That’s ridiculous.”

The Texans will be back at practice on Monday. They’ll have joint practices with the Falcons on Wednesday and Thursday and will face the Falcons in their second preseason game on Saturday night at NRG Stadium.

On Monday morning, O’Brien said he’ll first tell his players what he can do better, then what they can do better and finally show them some of the positives he saw.

“I still feel good about this group of guys,” O’Brien said. “There’s no question about it. I really enjoy coaching this group of guys. Every single day I enjoy being around these guys.”

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