By Mark Lane
Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien had to retool his offensive staff early in the offseason due to personnel leaving and also due to elevating coaches already on the staff. Such moves have brought in Carl Smith from the Seattle Seahawks to be quarterbacks coach and former tight ends coach Tim Kelly to be the new offensive coordinator.
The three-time AFC South champion coach joined Texans Radio Tuesday on Sports Radio 610 to talk about what he looks for the most when it comes to adding a new coach to the staff.
“I think the number one thing is the chemistry, the ability to be a good teammate, to understand your role,” said O’Brien. “That’s why it’s always good in some respects to have guys that you’ve trained that you can promote from within. My philosophy there is why would you hire a young coach, train them in what you want to train them in and then let them go coach somewhere else and take all the things that he learned and go somewhere else.”
The promotion of Kelly to offensive coordinator is part of O’Brien’s philosophy to get the most of their training that they underwent while with the Texans. But it wasn’t just Kelly who O’Brien wanted to see what he had; the same was true for former offensive assistant Will Lawing, who is now the new tight ends coach. Houston will see what they have in two of their young coaches in...