HOUSTON – Bill O’Brien impressed many with his first press conference as Houston Texans head coach. While he didn’t give specifics as to what his on the field plans, he did give a little insight to the type of person he is.
And for O’Brien, family comes first.
“We’ll put together a staff of coaches who have a passion for football, that are good family men, that understand it’s important to go home,” O’Brien said. “I think that’s important and we’ll have a really good staff of guys here to coach for the Houston Texans.”
O’Brien, who is married with two children, understands the importance of being at home. His 10-year old son Jack suffers from a rare neurological disorder known as Lissencephaly.
While it’s tough to talk about, O’Brien was very open about his son.
“I think that in my own personal situation, what I know has been well-documented; I have great perspective on these things,” O’Brien said. “I have a fantastic wife, Colleen, and I have two young sons, one that’s special-needs, Jack, and an 8-year-old, Michael, who will be running around here very soon. And I think the most important thing in your life is your family. That’s really, really an important part of my life.”
According to O’Brien, the meetings he had with Texans owner Bob McNair convinced him Houston was the right place to be.
“I know when I met with Mr. McNair and Cal (McNair) and met Janice (McNair) and had dinner with them and talked to them, I know that family is really important to them,” O’Brien said. “And so when I went back home and talked to my wife about it, you know that was a big deal.”
“Family is very, very important here at the Houston Texans and I think that’s important. There’s only so many hours in a day. Some of them have to be spent with your family. No question about it.”