Texans not concerned with playoff picture

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2015 – 8:36 am

The Houston Texans have won four in a row and are sitting in a good spot with respect to the AFC Wild Card race and are in position to overtake division rival Indianapolis to contend for the AFC South title. But Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said they have only one focus and it’s not the playoff race. It’s the Bills.

“The playoffs don’t start today,” said O’Brien. “The playoffs start in six weeks. I mean, we’re not even – these guys, I believe that they’re very focused. When they come into work on Wednesday, I would say that the majority of them will already have studied the first and second down Buffalo offense, defense, and then if they’re a core special teams guy for us, they will have already watched film on Buffalo’s special teams. Our guys are focused. That’s the way it has to be. Playoffs, this, that, the other, I mean, there’s nothing that we can do about that now other than focusing on Buffalo.”

Some Houston media have openly wondered if the Texans are looking ahead to their Week 14 matchup with the New England Patriots, and overlook the Bills. O’Brien said nothing could be further from the truth.

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Do similar offensive approaches mean much?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2014 – 10:23 am

With a pair of head coaches for Sunday’s game between the Bills and Texans, whose offensive philosophies mirror each other in many ways, one might wonder if Doug Marrone and Bill O’Brien are filling in their defensive coordinators on how to prepare for the Houston and Buffalo offense.

Buffalobills.com asked coach Marrone that very question in our weekly ‘Coffee with the Coach’ segment presented by Tim Horton’s. As Marrone sees it the similarities won’t have either defense any more prepared than usual.

“No, I think obviously you see it on film,” said Marrone. “I think our philosophies are similar, but around the league a lot of those philosophies exist. We’re trying to establish the run first, picking the matchups and deciding what we want to do. You do that week to week. We’re excited about it and it’ll be a great challenge. We know that they have a very good staff and they have good players and we feel the same way about our team. It’ll be a good game for us.”

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Pats need new offensive coordinator

Posted by Chris Brown on January 12, 2009 – 3:56 pm

With Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to reportedly be hired as Denver’s next head coach, it doesn’t look like he’ll be raiding the Patriots staff for too many assistants.

Only Dom Capers, who was a special assistant to the secondary for the Patriots this year, might be taken off the New England staff to serve as defensive coordinator for the Broncos unless Mike Nolan is hired instead. Either way it would mean the Broncos are likely switching to a 3-4 system.

Still it will be interesting to see who is named to New England’s offensive coordinator post in the wake of McDaniels departure. I think if they promote from within, which Bill Belichick has done before that receivers coach Bill O’Brien is the most qualified.

He’s been an offensive coordinator for three seasons, albeit at the collegiate level (Georgia Tech, Duke). However, he has never been a quarterbacks coach and McDaniels served as both OC and QBs coach for the Pats.

So Belichick may still need to hire an additional assistant.

McDaniels will reportedly keep some of Shanahan’s offensive assistants from the old coaching staff.

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