LOUD & CLEAR: Texans Players Will Hear New Voices From Both Sides Of The Ball This Year

Brian Barefield | 9/3/2020, 3:18 p.m.
As the Houston Texans complete their final week of 2020 Training Camp. One thing stands out during the rigorous drills …

As the Houston Texans complete their final week of 2020 Training Camp. One thing stands out during the rigorous drills and scrimmages the players go through. There are new voices being heard as they head into their first game against the reigning Super Bowl Champions Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday September 10, 2020 to start the entire NFL season.

There will be different signal callers on both sides of the ball this year for the Texans as head coach and general manager Bill O’ Brien decided to hand the full playbook to offensive coordinator Tim Kelly. While associate head coach and former defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has handed the whistle to Anthony Weaver. O’Brien will still have some say so in the offense but is completely confident in handing the play calling over to Kelly.

“Look, I have a lot of faith in Tim and the offensive staff,” said O’Brien during his morning press conference. “I do my best to let those guys coach and then try to give them my vision for the team and for each unit and I think it’s going well. I just think they communicate really well. I think it’s going really well.”

Kelly echoed his coach’s sentiments when it came to being prepared to take on more responsibility this year along with assistant and former Texans backup quarterback T.J. Yates who Kelly speaks highly of when it comes to his work with franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson.

“T.J. has been able to come in there and really dissect that position (quarterback) in terms of the amount of detail that he would go into a game plan within terms of his preparation, comparing the different styles in the ways that they prepare,” Kelly said.

Houston was in the top-15 in total offense last year averaging 362 yards per game with 236 of those yards coming off the arm of Watson. With all starting offensive lineman coming back and the additions of RB David Johnson and WR’s Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, Kelly should have no problem moving the chains this year.

No one was more deserving to take over for Crennel than defensive line coach Anthony Weaver. Heading into his fifth season on the coaching staff, Weaver proved himself by being able to get top-level performances out of some of the greatest talent to ever touch the field including future Hall of Fame defensive lineman J.J. Watt. That level of production will get you praises from O’Brien every time.

“Weaver does a good job, said his head coach. “He’s really smart. He’s got a real good rapport with the players. He’s played in the league; he’s coached in the league. He’s coached under some really good defensive coordinators. Ob- viously, Rex Ryan and Romeo Crennel. I think he’s taken something from all of those guys and he’s able to put his own stamp on it and that’s what he’s trying to do.”