O'Brien: 'Matt Kalil is the starting left tackle'

Veteran didn't play Saturday versus Detroit

August 18, 2019 - 12:25 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Following Saturday’s win over Detroit, Texans’ Head Coach Bill O’Brien makes it clear who he has in mind to start the regular season at left tackle.

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“Matt Kalil is the starting left tackle,” O’Brien told the media after the conclusion of Saturday’s game.

Kalil was not in uniform Saturday after receiving two days off last week.  Kalil did not practice on Monday and then was given Thursday off, the second day of joint practices with the Lions.

“I just didn’t want him (Kalil) to play tonight.  He’ll play next week.  Just managing reps throughout the preseason.  That’s all it is,” O’Brien answered why Kalil didn’t play Saturday.

Earlier in the week, O’Brien spoke glowingly about Kalil, “He's had a really good camp. It's hard to judge in a practice setting. You can't hit the quarterback. The quarterback may be holding the ball sometimes to try to get the guys open. I think he's had a very consistent camp. He's a really good guy to coach, very smart player, good guy in the room. He's got everything you're looking for," O’Brien said after Wednesday’s practice.

Kalil was available to the media following Wednesday’s joint practice, and spoke to what he has to prove in 2019, and to who.

“Proving to myself that I can do it.  All the stuff I’ve been through as far as injuries and struggling at some points with that,” Kalil said.  “I think I’m to the point where I’m feeling really good and getting my confidence back.  It’s a battle every day with the guy in the mirror.”