Yesterday’s Houston Texans press conference included a longer than expected, yet shorter in content, time at the Zoom podium for new Houston Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. As with anyone who carries a lot of passion for what they do, Kelly can’t wait to get in a live game scenario - and it doesn’t hurt that the first opportunity for that will come against the last team the Texans saw in the Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City Chiefs. Especially when their last meeting was one of the worst disasters of Houston football, including the Oilers’ historic dismantling by the Buffalo Bills in 1993.
Being a first time play caller, obviously, as elementary as it may sound, you’re doing everything for the first time, right? So, you know, being able to put yourself in those situations with live bullets, the first time that happens in Kansas City, is going to be the first time that I’m doing it where it actually counts. We were able to get some experience doing that last year in the pre-season, so now doing it in a regular season game, that will be the first time, so obviously looking forward to that challenge.
Knowing the roster, you know, it’s good to be able to know what the strengths and weaknesses are of the different players so you can take advantage of what they do well. Try to capitalize on their strengths and the different matchup issues that they may present.
When asked about the wide receivers, Kelly had this to say:
With our wide receiver position, we see a lot of talented players, with a lot of experience that have come through and made plays in big time games. Look at Brandin Cooks who has played in 2 super bowls. Randall Cobb was constantly in the playoffs when he was with Green Bay. So, you’ve got guys who have played and performed at a high level throughout their careers, and they bring a different style of playing the wide receiver position than what we’ve seen here in the past couple years. We’re really excited to get those guys out on the grass and watch them run, watch them continue to build their relationship with Deshaun [Watson].
He was then asked about the running game and how it would look different with the addition of David Johnson and the implementation of Kelly’s oversight versus Bill O’Brien’s.
Philosophically we’re always going to try to do what’s best for the offense in terms of different running schemes and putting the defense in conflict. So anyway we can try to do that we’re going to continue to do that. Obviously David’s a very talented football player, he’s not just a great runner, he’s obviously very talented in the passing game, as is Duke Johnson. We’re in a very unique situation here to have 2 guys that we not only trust to be effective to run the ball, but dangerous in the passing game also. Again, we’re going to do what we can to take advantage of the matchups they present.
You can watch the rest of the presser here.
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