Johnny Manziel impressed Bill O’Brien during their meetings together, but the first-year head coach never considered bringing Johnny Football to the Texans.
After his first speaking engagement in Houston as the Texans head coach, O’Brien held a question-and-answer with the crowd at St. Thomas High School. O'Brien fielded questions that ranged from how he met his wife to how he’s planning on handling the heat this summer.
The last question of the night came from a Texas A&M alumnus. The man asked O’Brien if there was any internal debate with the Texans about moving up in the first round in a move to select Manziel toward the back side of the opening round.
“No,” O’Brien said to a loud cheer. “Sorry.”
“We spent a lot of time with Johnny (Manziel) and I had great meetings with him,” O’Brien said. “He is a bright guy and I really enjoyed watching him play in college on film and enjoyed talking with him.”
O’Brien was speaking at St. Thomas to deliver a speech about "How To Build A Winning Team." It appears although O’Brien respects Manziel, Manziel didn’t fit the model of the team he’s trying to build in Houston.
“We have a vision for our football team and we stuck to that vision," O'Brien. "Every decision we made in the draft we felt led to that vision and we’ll see if that vision turns out the way we believe it will in whatever, a year, two years, three years. It was what we believed in and we stuck with it and we stayed disciplined in the draft and Johnny’s in a great situation in Cleveland.”
The Texans selected quarterback Tom Savage out of Pittsburgh in the fourth round as perhaps O’Brien’s future signal caller. With four quarterbacks in camp, free agent acquisition Ryan Fitzpatrick is the starter penciled in right now, but O’Brien has declared the race wide open.