Head Coach Bill O’Brien was able to hire the Seattle Seahawks associate head coach Carl Smith to coach the quarterbacks for the Texans in 2019. Of the 29 seasons in the NFL, Smith has spend 25 of those seasons coaching quarterbacks.
Smith was instrumental in the development of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and helping turn him into one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. O’Brien expressed his excitement in locking up Smith with the Texans for the upomcing season to coach Deshaun Watson.
“I’m very excited about him, also,” O’Brien explained on Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610. “Very excited about Carl. Carl brings a lot of experience to the table. I’ve known Carl for a number of years.”
Smith has coached with the Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has called plays, helped develop passing and running schemes and game plans over his career in the NFL. With the Browns, under Eric Mangini, he coached in the same offensive system the Texans are using now under O’Brien.
“If you look at his résumé, he’s coached in a lot of different systems,” O’Brien continued about Smith. “He’s coached for different head coaches, primarily most recently for Pete Carroll who I have a ton of respect for out in Seattle, and also coached for Pete at Southern Cal. Carl has worked with a number of different types of quarterbacks. He’s called plays in systems, in different systems. He’s been in this system. He was in this system when he was in Cleveland.”
Smith has coached the likes of Wilson, Jim Everett, Bobby Hebert, Drew Bledsoe, Tim Couch, Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy, Jake Delhomme and ran the Jaguars offense with Byron Leftwich and David Garrard as their quarterbacks. Now he is bringing that experience to the Texans to try can help Watson take the next step.
“He’s had tremendous success with a number of different quarterbacks and he has excellent relationships with all the quarterbacks that he’s coached,” O’Brien explained. “We spent a lot of time together basically in a quote unquote interview-type of setting and we feel like he’s going to bring a lot to the table with his experience in all the different areas that he’s worked in. He’s worked as a coordinator, he’s worked as a passing game coordinator, he’s worked in the running game and he’s obviously coached quarterbacks for a lot of years, so we’re excited to have him.”
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