Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has come out multiple times since the season ended and makes no secret of his desire for the team to stay focused on landing a quarterback in the draft. On three different occasions, McNair has made clear what he wants for the 2016 with the quarterback position.
Head coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith know exactly what McNair wants from them and hear McNair's words loud and clear.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/texans/story/1623511-mcnair-wants-texans-to-dra... “He hired us to do jobs. He hired me to be his football executive. He has hired Bill to be his head coach. He allows us to do our job, now in that, he has opinions and he has never been shy about expressing those opinions,” said Smith of McNair and his want for a young quarterback. “We solicit those opinions and he is free to say anything he wants. The truth of the matter, he allows us to do our jobs. It does not box us into any type corner.”
O’Brien was pretty clear on what he has to do this offseason. “To me, whatever Mr. McNair says, we try to go by that.”
There was concern by many that McNair coming out to say what he wanted a young quarterback would jeopardize the Texans draft plan and off-season moves. Smith thinks that is far from the truth and that, regardless, there is no hiding that the Texans have to get better at the quarterback position.
“It is quarterback league. If you just look at tape, we are in flux there,” explained Smith. “We have had a bunch of guys over the last couple of the years who played the position for us. It is a spot that we need to solidify. I don’t think he revealed anything that none of us knew. It doesn’t hurt us at all.”
The Texans will set their sights on a long list of potential signal callers coming out in the draft. Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, and Christian Hackenburg will be at the forefront of everyone’s minds as the NFL draft approaches.
“I always go by the mantra of whatever the owner says, we basically do what the owner tells us to do,” explained O’Brien. “Mr. McNair, he is a great owner, he wants a winner in Houston and he has expressed that to me in various ways. Just not at that position, in a lot of different ways. How we can build this team, Rick and I, that is what we are trying to do.”