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Top 5 Takeaways from Bob McNair Talking the Houston Texans at the Super Bowl

Bob McNair discussed the state of the Texans at Super Bowl week and some early pressing offseason questions.

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair held court today after Roger Goodell’s press conference on the state of the NFL. McNair’s team is coming off another 9-7 season and has seen uncertainty at the quarterback position for the past four seasons. 

The owner had plenty to say about the Texans and addressed some early off-season questions regarding the franchise. Here are the top five highlights of McNair’s press conference. 

1. Texans Possibly Moving Training Camp to West Virginia 

“We’re just working on it at this point. There’s nothing firmed up. One of the issues we’ve debated from our first day here is what the effect of the heat and humidity is in training camp and whether that puts our team at a disadvantage by staying here. So, we’ve had those debates on and off just about every year, so we’re looking at it again this year and giving it consideration. We want to do what’s best for the team. I know that’s what our fans want, too.”

Notes: The Texans could be headed to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, which was the last used by the New Orleans Saints for training camp. The discussion about the Texas heat and humidity is valid but sources close to the situation says Bill O’Brien wants to be able to control what is coming out of his training camp in terms of how players are progressing, injuries, and any other camp related items. The Texans are expected to return back to Houston prior to the first preseason game but it will be the first time in franchise history that the team could hold camp outside of the Methodist Training Center. No other location was considered for the the Texans training camp. 

2. Texans Will be Looking to the Draft for Quarterback Help 

“We need better performance out of that position. We thought that we had it and it didn’t quite measure up. The challenge is trying to figure out what we can do with what we’ve got. There are not many things available out there. We’ll probably be looking at a young quarterback as we go into the draft. There, again, is question as to what’s available.”

Notes: Bob McNair, at this moment, seems to be accepting of what the current quarterback situation is, and that Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage are his options. However, he wants the team to look to the draft to possibly find a new young quarterback option. McNair wants Osweiler to step up his game and wants Savage to beat the injury bug but all signs are pointing to the Texans looking to the draft for a quarterback. 

3. Rick Smith and Bill O’Brien Do Butt Heads

“Well, we talk about that all the time. But, you know, there’s nothing wrong with people having disagreements. If everybody agreed on everything, somebody is not necessary. So, yes, those things happen. There’s things I disagree with them on, but that doesn’t mean I go in and fire everybody the next day. So, you sit down and talk about those things and try to reason them out.”

Notes: This has been discussed at length and the idea that everything is agreed upon in the Texans decision-making process is far from the truth. Being realistic on how decisions are made in any business setting is key. In order to make decisions, there will be more than one voice, but to say this is a volatile relationship between O’Brien and Smith is far from the truth. 

4. McNair Would not Commit to Bill O’Brien for the Long Term

“Well, you know, he’s got two years left. I’m concerned about the year coming up and the first game. And, we’ll worry about the time beyond that based upon what happens at that point in time. He’s done a good job and I think he has grown in the position. I think he’ll keep getting better.”

Notes: McNair continues to focus on the now and was noncommittal on O’Brien’s future as the Texans head coach. Entering year four for the Texans, the eyes are all on O’Brien to fix one of the worst offenses in the NFL in the upcoming offseason. This is O’Brien's make or break year and, with two years remaining, if he falters in 2017, the Texans could look to trade him to get something in return for being a top commodity in coaching circles. 

5. Romeo Crennel’s Duties will Extend to the Offensive Side of the Ball

“Well, you know, he’s (Bill O’Brien) been calling the plays. Most of the time, anyway. He passed it off for a short period of time. But, now, you know, he’ll have Romeo (Crennel) up in the booth for the games instead of being on the sideline. So, he can help him on offense as well as defense. So, he’ll have another pair of eyes up there helping him out and I think that will work well. Romeo has done it all before. He can be helpful there.”

Notes: Romeo Crennel will be in the booth on game days according to McNair, which will leave Mike Vrabel on the field to get input from upstairs but run the defense he sees fit. More importantly, the Texans will give Crennel power to help both he offense and defense. With O’Brien taking over the offense, he is going to need extra eyes for the team, that is exactly what Crennel has been hired to do as the assistant head coach. 

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