O’Brien blasts his music during minicamp

O’Brien blasts his music during minicamp
May 7, 2014, 4:15 pm
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During the first two days of the Texans’ first voluntary minicamp this week, the team has blasted different genres of music during practice.

And the diverse playlist belongs to head coach Bill O’Brien.

“It’s my iPod,” O’Brien said after Tuesday’s practice. “I like a lot of different types of music: country, rap, all types of music. I just make sure it’s very respectful music, clean music, because I don’t always know all the words. I have to listen to it or have one of the younger guys listen to it for me. That’s my music. Some guys are complaining already about it but that’s too bad.”

The music might lighten up practice and might make for some good sound bites after but that’s not why O’Brien uses it.  

“The main reason I do it is to force communication,” O’Brien said. “It’s not about having fun out here at recess.”

He said playing music loudly during practice has worked for him at his stops in Penn State and New England and after some thought, credited Bill Belichick for coming up with it. The Texans began using music last year under Gary Kubiak too.

Linebacker Brooks Reed said that one of the emphases for the team this year is communication and the music helps further that point. If nothing else, it makes the guys yell louder to one another to be heard.

So what did the players think of their 44-year-old coach’s taste in music?

“I don't know if it's his actual personal playlist because it's very eclectic,” center Chris Myers said. “It's very well-rounded, so hats off to him. I'm a guy that likes all genres too, so that's impressive.”

“I thought it was OK,” Reed said. “It started out pretty good. I’m not much of a country guy but I can roll with it. Music is better than no music.”

O’Brien was asked specifically about one song: “Mo Money Mo Problems” by Notorious B.I.G.

“What are the words to that?” O’Brien asked. “I guess somebody else asked about that out on the field. I just like the rhythm of that song.”

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