What does O'Brien want in a QB?

What does O'Brien want in a QB?
January 7, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Here's an interesting tidbit from MMQB's Peter King.

King had a chance to ask new Texans coach Bill O'Brien about what he'll look for in the team's next quarterback and O'Brien's answer differed some from what he said during his press conference.

To King, O'Brien said wants someone who has a passion for football like his QB in New England, Tom Brady.

“I’d be getting texts, calls from Tom on Wednesday night about the third-down package," O’Brien told King. “Thursday night I’d be hearing from him 9 o’clock, 10 o’clock about red-zone plays. Obviously, he’s talented, but Tom never stopped thinking about football. When you coach Tom Brady, you’re not coaching with him; you’re a partner in the offense with him. That’s the ideal for a quarterback—someone who cares about it as much as you do.”

The obvious question: Who will that quarterback be?

Well, if this quality is as important to O'Brien as it appears from his chat with King, the pre-draft interviews with players like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr and Blake Bortles might hold a little more weight than they would otherwise.

It is a little interesting O'Brien talked about getting calls from Brady off the clock. During his introductory press conference, O'Brien spoke about the importance of family and going home to spend time with them. Obviously, he feels there's a balance to be had.

O'Brien was also asked about quarterbacks during his introductory press conference. He said the team had already have had preliminary discussions about the position. Most importantly, O'Brien said they want a team guy.  

"We want a guy that is a hard worker, a guy that’s physically tough, mentally tough, smart guy," O'Brien said. "It doesn’t matter what position it is. To me, it’s a guy that understands the team concept and understands that it’s not about individual stats or individual performances."

A side note to that from O'Brien, is what former Louisville coach Charlie Strong had to say about Bridgewater. When asked if the Texans should take Bridgewater first-overall, Strong said they should and quickly praised Bridgewater for his team-first mentality. It's worth noting that O'Brien cited that quality specifically.