After years of attending former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien’s press conferences, which ranged from “sadly comical” to “trip to the dentist,” when it comes to spectator events, he no wonder people are sick of his schtick. Having transcribed dozens of them, I can testify to the difficulty of what was happening behind the podium.
Then, after O’Brien left, David Culley was taken out.
Yesterday, Matt “Lover of All Things Related to the BESFs” Weston posted a message sharing videos from Houston GM Nick Caserio and Smith’s press conference. If you haven’t read the post/watched the videos, go now. We will wait for you.
Here is the TLDR version for those who want a cheap release:
Ended? Let’s move on.
While Caserio continues to say the right things, it wasn’t until he listened to Smith that a true sense of “it just might be okay” pervaded everything. Smith was charming, charismatic, witty, down-to-earth and made clear what draws players to him.
No podium beating the histrionics. No trial and error to answer the questions that blinded him. Not really? They can’t find an adult to do that? vibration.
Just a solid ball coach, sharing his wisdom and insight, giving us all a glimpse of the man behind the title of ‘H-Town’s Top Coach’.
From a joke asking the press if they knew who they were talking to in response to a Cover 2 question to ignoring hints that he should listen to modern rap music instead of his favorite R&B, Smith was calm, cool , mature and collected. That’s exactly what this team needs right now. It’s probably safe to say that the Texans’ “great personalities” off the field over the past decade haven’t done this team’s public image any favors. From Bob McNair’s “inmate” crack to Bill O’Brien’s spazz-outs, Jack Easterby’s toxic/fake positivity, David Culley’s charming incompetence, and Cal McNair’s obvious recklessness, there is no had much to hold on to in the storm of Texans’ problems.
Enter Lovie Smith.
The man has been there, done that. He is unlikely to be rattled by the pressure, real or imagined, that will come his way in this role. Is he at the cutting edge of modern football genius, sure to usher in a new era of dynastic Super Bowl glory? Uh…maybe not.
But will he be able to calm the seas, provide a solid foundation and bring much-needed maturity to a role that has been sorely lacking since Gary Kubiak was dismissed from his post in December 2013? Absoutely.
Smith mentioned the synergy that happens when a head coach and a general manager are on the same page, and how he and Caserio are there now. If that turns out to be true and Caserio can get out of the current mess, make some good trades, bring in some strong veterans, sign some quality rookies and provide the kind of players that Smith and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton need, the light at the end of the Texans tunnel might stop looking like a freight train.
Only time will tell. But right now the “feels” are much better than they were in a hot minute.
Thank you, Love.