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Tim Kelly Ready To Lead Texans Offense

First year offensive coordinator is ready for the challenge

June 04, 2019 - 2:46 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Tim Kelly wasn't just handed the Texans' offensive coordinator job, he had to earn it.

"I worked really hard and put in a lot of hours," Kelly told reporters Tuesday. 

The 32-year old started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Illinois Western. Then after spending as season as defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at Minnesota State Moorhead, Kelly joined the coaching staff at Ball State as a graduate assistant. The next season, he joined Bill O'Brien's staff as a graduate assistant at Penn State, and followed him to Houston two years later. After five seasons with the Texans, O'Brien promoted him. 

"Now's the hard part," he admitted. "Don't mess it up."

The Texans have not had an offensive coordinator in two seasons. O'Brien will continue to call plays, but he says having Kelly inserted as offensive coordinator will allow him to oversee more of the team.

"There's definitely some things that Tim can do now to take some things off my plate, no doubt about it. I still, relative to last year, the previous year watched the whole team. I mean, I'm the head coach, I'm responsible for what goes on on the field at every position, so I still did that, but I definitely think Tim, with his knowledge and his experience in our offense has definitely helped me to take a little of the load off some of the things I would do normally offensively over the last two years."

Kelly explained Tuesday what his day-to-day responsibilies are now comprised of as the offensive coordinator after spending the previous two seasons as Texans tight end coach. 

"Taking care of the basic organization of practice on the offensive side of the ball. That's more stuff that I guess I'm focused on now as opposed to just handling the tight end room. I would say right now, that's the biggest adjustment I've had to make.

"It's a little bit more responsibility as far as getting everyone on the same page and being able to worth with (wide receivers coach) Johnny Perry, (offensive line coach) Mike Devlin, (running backs coach) Danny Barrett, (tight ends coach) Will Lawing, all collaborative effort, making sure that everyone's on the same page and we're ready to roll when we hit the field."