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)