O'Brien: 'The issue for us is we got to win those games'

Texans' HC recognizes to be a top NFL team, they must beat top NFL teams

Jeremy Branham
September 10, 2019 - 12:07 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – A day after losing in a hostile environment against one of the best teams in the NFL, Texans’ Head Coach Bill O’Brien recognizes that to be a top team in the NFL, they need to beat top teams in the NFL. 

Despite the what could have been, game winning drive heroics from his third-year quarterback, Deshaun Watson, O’Brien realizes it’s all for naught if the team doesn’t get the victory.

“The issue for us is we got to win those games.  We’ve had games like that against the top teams in the NFL, and in order for us to be one of those top teams, we’ve got to finish those games,” O’Brien told the media on Tuesday.

Monday night, Watson’s late heroics put the Texans in position to win a road game against the NFL’s elite, but they didn’t.  It’s a trend that is beginning to be a pattern. 

Against Philadelphia in Week 16 of the 2018 season, Watson found Vyncint Smith for a 35-yard touchdown pass that put the Texans ahead one, but the defense allowed Philadelphia’s Jake Elliot a chance to win on a 35-yard field goal, in which he made as time expired. 

2017, Week 8 at Seattle, Watson’s 72-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins gave the Texans a 38-34 lead with 4:49 to play, but with 21 seconds left, Russell Wilson found Jimmy Graham on an 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Seahawks a 41-38 win.

Five weeks prior to that, at New England in Week 3, Watson led two fourth quarter field goal drives that turned a one point deficit into a five point lead with 2:24 to play, but Tom Brady’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks with 23 seconds gave the Patriots the win.

“The situation is never too big for him.  He was in those situations when he was in college, right?  That atmosphere last night in the Superdome was a tough environment, that was very loud.  He thrives in those moments, he always has,” O’Brien said.  “He has a way about him that gives his teammates belief, that’s what really good quarterbacks, top quarterbacks do, that’s why it’s great we have him on our team”

As O’Brien admits, it’s time for the rest of the Texans to finish out those games that their quarterback has put them in position to win.