- Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, former Texans OT Eric Winston says new interim HC Romeo Crennel has a much different style than Bill O’Brien: “He’s not a loud guy. He’s not a yeller or a screamer. He doesn’t get in anybody’s face, but I think he kind of plainly sets forward the objectives and what he thinks needs to be done to win games. I’m sure they know that already.”
- ESPN Radio’s John Granato reports O’Brien had a heated exchange with Texans DL J.J. Watt two weeks ago in which Watt called him out for his coaching ability. It started the player revolt which cost O’Brien his job.
- John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes shouting matches between O’Brien and other players and coaches weren’t uncommon. But there was a lot less patience for his style when the team was losing.
- Multiple Texans players confirmed to NFL Media’s James Palmer that O’Brien had lost the locker room.
- Watt declined to discuss any specifics about events in practice and told reporters he was ready to turn the page: “I don’t know, I’m not going to talk about what happened at practice and what conversations were had. Right now, we have a fresh start.” (Wilson)
- As far as the team’s decision to fire O’Brien, Watt added: “When you have the talent that we have, especially at the quarterback position, you can’t be 0-4.” (Aaron Reiss)
- According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL and NFLPA are investigating whether any Titans players gathered away for unauthorized workouts while the team facility was closed.
- The team was told to have no contact while they waited for the COVID-19 outbreak to subside. The league and union are already investigating Tennessee for other protocol violations.
- Paul Kuharsky confirms there were 15 players who met for a workout on September 30 at a local high school. The group included QB Ryan Tannehill.
- News Channel 5’s Steve Layman also confirms the report from Kuharsy.
- In another report, the Titans defensive backfield appeared to hold a workout at a separate school on September 30, per Kuharsky.
- Kuharsky notes the NFL did not add language concerning a possible forfeit until after the Titans workout violations had occurred, which make a retroactive punishment less likely.
- Forfeiting games has not been part of the conversation around the Titans discipline so far. (Judy Battista)
- However, the Titans won’t get off easy as league circles are buzzing about a potentially “historic” punishment for numerous COVID-19 protocol violations: “Especially if Troy [Vincent] was the one that told them not to practice.” (Pro Football Talk)
- The Titans are bringing in two long snappers for workouts this week including Colin Holba and Matt Overton. (Albert Breer)
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