Bob McNair Sounds Off
It has been an interesting 24 hours for the Houston Texans at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. Bob McNair took center stage, discussing a myriad of issues concerning his Houston Texans and he made some key points.
McNair remains in wait-and-see mode on Bill O’Brien’s future with the team much like he was during Super Bowl week. At that time, he mentioned, “.. he’s got two years left. I’m concerned about the year coming up and the first game. And, we’ll worry about at the time beyond that based upon what happens at that point in time.”
On Monday, McNair mentioned to the Houston Chronicle, "We'll talk to him about it at the end of this year, that's typically when we do that sort of thing."
McNair mentioned that they will sit down with O’Brien and discuss the entire picture concerning the Texans and see if there continues to be a shared vision to keep him in Houston. Most of that is contingent on O’Brien continuing to put up winning seasons.
In his first comments since the Brock Osweiler trade to the Cleveland Browns, McNair had some interesting words about the situation. The Texans took a risk and it did not work out. In the typical way the first wave of NFL free agency works, teams do not meet with their potential targets and the Texans did not have the opportunity to meet with Osweiler either until after the ink had dried.
"We didn't now Brock well enough," McNair said to the Houston Chronicle. "Coach (Bill O'Brien) didn't have a chance to get to know him.”
McNair also pointed out the issue with free agency compared to the draft and how teams get to sit down and meet with prospects, allowing the organizations to make sound business decisions. Not being able to do that for the first wave of free agency cost the Texans $21 million dollars and led to another huge quarterback mess for the fourth off-season in a row.
"You can't talk to them before they become a free agent. You can't work them out. We didn't know him that well," explained McNair.
Even more important is McNair pointing out the broken relationship between Osweiler and O’Brien, citing:
“Coach didn’t have a chance to get to know him.”
There are few things that make sense with the Osweiler situation. There was no consensus despite what it looked like to the media in press conferences. The plug being pulled quickly on Osweiler and subsequently shipped out backs up the notion that there was more than one person who was not in unison with the free agent decision.
The Saga Continues
The Tony Romo situation appears to be continuing to hit its second wind and, with Jerry Jones at the controls, it appears this could be dragging on even further that most expected. Both the Texans and Broncos have made it clear they are not trading for Romo and the Broncos have made it look like they are happy with their two young options plus potentially getting a rookie qb via the draft.
O’Brien said that the Texans are excited about having their two options in Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden when April 17th arrives for off-season workouts. The situation remains fluid and, if another option comes forth, the Texans will be happy to explore it.
Like Tony Romo.
It appear Jones feels he can get something for his veteran quarterback, presumably a day one or day two pick, but the Texans are not budging on their stance of not giving up an asset to land Romo. With a contract situation they will have to address, the Texans will wait to see if and when Romo is released before the organization pursues him.
It appears Romo’s options are, like a few reports have already mentioned, the Texans or retiring from the NFL to pursue other interests.
Then this appeared.
The feeling is that Romo is not understanding why he was not released to this point like promised and why Dallas is slowing his process to get to the next step in his career.
There are plenty of underlying stories to the Romo situation but it is clear that a) the Texans will not trade for him, b) Romo is getting restless, and c) the Texans will only pursue him if he is ever released as will the Broncos despite what general manager John Elway said yesterday.
Busy Work Week for the Texans
The Texans continue to be on the prospect trail and have three workouts lined up with potential players. They will be working out Northwestern State defensive back Adam Jones, Ohio linebacker Tarell Basham, and Bucknell offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport.
As first reported by NFL Draft Diamonds, safety Adam Jones (6’2", 204 lbs.) went to Seven Lakes High School and will be attending the local workout on April 8th. With 62 total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, Jones will have to impress the Texans to get a look at the end of the draft.
The Texans will be working out the four-year starter from Ohio, Basham, according to Jeff Ridson. Basham (6’2", 262 lbs.) had 49 total tackles, with 14.5 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks in 14 games during the 2016 season. Most expect him to play the edge in a 4-3 or stand up in a 3-4 at the next level.
Also, according to Tony Pauline, the Texans will be working out Bucknell offensive tackle Julie’n Davenport. Davenport (6’7", 318 lbs.) is expected to be taken in the top 100 picks of the upcoming draft but, as a player, has some things to fine tune coming from FBS Bucknell. Handling the lower levels of football, Davenport will have to prove he can lock up on NFL Sundays versus elite defenders.
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