HOUSTON – Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien isn't afraid to mix it up with his players at practice. And so far, the reviews of his hands on approach are positive.
"Yeah, he's an intense guy," Texans tight end Garrett Graham said. "Obviously, he loves the game and he helps us out a ton."
On Wednesday morning, O'Brien started his day by lining up at corner back during the first team offense walk-through. As Ryan Fitzpatrick went under center and DeVier Posey went out wide to his left, there was the head coach lined up right across him playing corner back.
"He has a little movement in his body," Texans corner back Kareem Jackson said. "He has a couple of skills. I know sometimes he watches the DB group so I guess he watches us and learns a little bit."
Jackson and the rest of the players definitely don't mind him being involved.
"He's a great coach, he's definitely into each and every thing that he says," Jackson added. "Definitely a lot of energy and we love that about him. For him to be hands on and show us what he wants it's definitely a great thing for us."
Throughout camp, O'Brien has pushed back on some offensive lineman and gone through routes with some of the wide receivers.
He was asked about this hands-on technique and his answer was won that only Bill O'Brien could give.
"I mean, what are you going to do? Go out there and stand underneath the shed there and drink Gatorade? You know what I mean?" O'Brien said. "You're a coach and that is what you love to do, and so in the places that I've coached I was able to learn from some great coaches and learn about both sides of the ball and special teams."
"When I see something that I feel is a chance to teach a player on either side of the ball or on special teams, then that is what I'm going to do. That is a big part of my job."
And what about that one-on-one match-up with Posey? The 3rd year wide out wouldn't elaborate on what he thought of his coach's defensive back skills, but praised his passion.
"He loves the game. He loves all aspects. He studies everything. He knows a lot about receivers," Posey said after practice on Wednesday. "When he's over there you want to make sure you're doing everything right and listening to his keys and going back in there and writing it in your notebook."