Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Texans HC Bill O’Brien plans to be “far more involved” in both game-planning and play-calling after he decided to take a step back to open the season.
Houston is off to an 0-3 start this year and O’Brien is looking to get back to the same formula that helped them earn a spot in the postseason.
According to Rapoport, Texans’ OC Tim Kelly will still relay the plays in to QB Deshaun Watson, but O’Brien will now have a larger say in what plays are being called. On top of that, O’Brien is intimately involved with the game plan.
Rapoport says the Texans hope to get Watson going moving forward and find some offensive rhythm by focusing on plays he likes. Beyond that, the Texans want to move Watson around more and plan to make some scheme changes with fewer tight ends blocking edge rushers.
O’Brien confirmed as much last week.
“We have to do a better job, whether it’s receivers or tight ends or the running back or the line or Deshaun getting the ball out quicker,” O’Brien said this week. “Whatever it is, everybody’s in it together. It’s something that we all work hard on to try to improve and we got to get it improved.”