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Bill O’Brien Press Conference: Rookies Step Up In TNF Victory

Read up on Bill O'Brien's Friday press conference after the win on Thursday

NFL: Houston Texans at Cincinnati Bengals David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Bill O'Brien was fortunately happy and open in his press conference today following the Texans's 13-9 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Similar to previous meetings with the Bengals, the game was an offensive struggle.

The Texans’ head coach, in his fourth season running the team, complemented this rookie class's ability to pull out a victory.

He noted Deshaun Watson's "poise" and "not making the same mistake twice". Watson was 15-24 for 125 yards and a QB rating of 75.9. Not Aaron Rodgers’ passing numbers, but Watson’s touchdown scramble for 49 yards effectively won the game for the Texans.

Third round draft pick D'Onta Foreman was efficient in an increased role. He had 40 yards, though he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry. We can attribute some of this to a very publicized terrible offensive line, but Foreman performed well in his role in spelling Lamar Miller. O'Brien liked Foreman’s tough running and progress.

If you just watched the game, you would not have been able to tell who was the All-American second round draft pick and who the undrafted rookie free agent was between Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole. Cole had three solo tackles and Cunningham four. Both showed excellent speed and improved tackling.

With several injuries to the tight ends and offensive line, Kyle Culler and Julién Davenport received praise for blocking as well.

A successful win means a happy BOB. He did not talk about the injuries to Kevin Johnson and Jonathan Joseph. A couple days off should help as the Texans begin to prepare for their big brother, the New England Patriots.