O'Brien, Texans decide to go sans OC

O'Brien, Texans decide to go sans OC
February 6, 2014, 8:00 am
Share This Post

The Texans have a head coach, defensive coordinator, position coaches. They even have a Director of Football Research to, you know, research football stuff.

But they don't have an offensive coordinator.

Instead, head coach Bill O'Brien will call the plays for the 2014 Texans. The announcement of the staff on Wednesday confirmed that there would be no OC, which was a popular belief for the last couple weeks.

It would make sense if quarterbacks coach George Godsey has an expanded role of some sort in the Texans' offense.

Godsey spent the last three seasons with the Patriots but his relationship with O'Brien dates back to the early 2000s. Godsey was O'Brien's quarterbacks coach at Georgia Tech in 2001. So Godsey should have a good idea of what type of offense O'Brien wants to run. It's also very possible O'Brien will groom Godsey to be the offensive coordinator of the future.

Not having an offensive coordinator is unusual -- the Texans appear to be the only team in the NFL without one -- but it's not unheard of. In fact, O'Brien's former NFL team, the Patriots, didn't have an offensive coordinator in 2009 or 2010, when he was the quarterbacks coach. He was named the offensive coordinator in 2011.

And in 2010, the Patriots didn't have an offensive coordinator or a defensive coordinator. Instead, O'Brien ran the offense and head coach Bill Belichick had an expanded role in the defense.

"Titles are fine, nothing wrong with them," Belichick said before the 2010 season to Patriots.com, via ESPN, "but the most important thing is each person's role, that we do everything we can to help the players succeed -- everyone collectively getting the job done."

Having a head coach call plays isn't anything new for Houston either. Former head coach Gary Kubiak called the offensive plays for the Texans. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison helped Kubiak with game-planning and running practice. It wasn't until Kubiak wasn't able to coach for health reasons, and then after he was fired, when Dennison took the reigns as a play-caller.

Basically, Dennison was a guy Kubiak could talk about play-calling with, a guy to bounce some ideas off of. Just because O'Brien doesn't have an offensive coordinator by title, he'll still do that. He'll probably talk plenty with Godsey about play-calling and he'll probably talk to his right-hand man Jim Bernhardt too.

Some people are worried O'Brien will have too much on his plate as a head coach and offensive coordinator and they might be right. But the Texans are trusting him to win that gamble.

Texans - Team News
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to HoustonTexans.com, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins (hand) is probable for Week 7. The Texans listed Hopkins on the injury report, but his status was never in doubt. He'll be a WR3 for Monday night against the Steelers.
Oct 18 2:54PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (groin) is probable for Monday night's game against the Steelers. Foster was limited on Thursday, but practiced in full the last two days. He should have another heavy workload against a Steelers defense that's allowing 4.4 yards per carry...
Oct 18 2:48PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was upgraded to full in Saturday's practice and is listed as probable for... Johnson is good to go for Monday night's matchup with the Steelers. He's Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver this week.
Oct 18 2:39PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against... Clowney got in two limited practices this week, but said he still "can't run laterally." He could be held out in an attempt to get fully healthy for Week 8. If...
Oct 18 2:20PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) returned to practice Friday. It was Clowney's first practice since undergoing knee surgery in Week 1. He's expected to be a game-time decision for Monday night. Clowney will likely be on a limited snap...
Oct 17 6:08PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (groin) was upgraded to full in Friday's practice. Foster suffered a groin injury in last Thursday's loss to the Colts, but his Week 7 status isn't in doubt. He should be fine for Monday night against the Steelers.
Oct 17 6:02PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Friday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's practice reps, but he's expected to play on Monday night. Johnson is Rotoworld's No. 15 receiver this week.
Oct 17 5:53PM Read More