Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien discussed the recent promotion former tight end coach Tim Kelly to the offensive coordinator role for the 2019 season. Kelly is set to have his first major coaching role with the Texans and now the discussion points to who will exactly calls plays for the offensive in 2019.
O’Brien has let former offensive coordinator George Godsey call plays in three seasons prior to taking over the play-calling duties for the 2017 season. O’Brien has always called his style a collaborative effort and he was non-commital on who exactly will be calling plays when the season kicks off.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Tim Kelly is ready to call plays and that’s something that will always be, like I said, a collaborative effort,” O’Brien said of calling plays in 2019 on Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610. “On the outside, people may say, ‘what does that mean?’ Well, there’s a lot that goes into a play call. Obviously, you don’t have a lot of time to make a play call but there’s a lot that goes into it. You need input from everybody quickly. So, whether it’s me calling the plays or Timmy calling the plays, it will always be what’s best for the team. It will always be, like I said, a collaborative effort of game planning during the week and then ‘OK, let’s see how this game is being played and let’s move from there.’ But we’ll make sure that we’re always doing what’s best for the team and that’s all part of this promotion of Tim.”
With the promotion of Kelly, he has worked on the defensive side of the football and multiple position groups on the offense giving a sense of comfort on trusting Kelly with the offense.
“Timmy has an excellent knowledge of our offense, all aspects of it, whether it’s the passing game, the running game,” O’Brien said of Kelly. “Timmy has an excellent knowledge of how we talk about defense from an offensive perspective because he started out on defense, so he has a great knowledge of coverages and fronts. The players have a great amount of respect for Tim. Tim ran a lot of the unit meetings this year, so he’s been trained and he’s ready to go. Timmy is an excellent young coach. I think he’s got a real bright future. We’re excited for him and we’re excited for our coaching staff to be able to promote Timmy.”
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