Bill O'Brien appreciates Hard Knocks.
But he's not wild about it.
"I'm looking forward to September 8th, when they're not here anymore," the head coach joked in his Monday press conference.
The NFL Films crew has been in and around NRG Stadium since mid-July, recording almost everything O'Brien and the Texans have done since then. But with just two episodes remaining, their time in Houston will be over soon. And O'Brien is fine with that.
"Thank God," O'Brien said.
The head coach, however, was very complimentary of a few aspects of the HBO show.
He liked the conversations between his leaders and younger players. O'Brien also thinks the camera presence has amped up the intensity, at times, in a few different practices. Ultimately, he's respectful of the crew and the job they're in town to perform, but he's also ready for things to return to normal.
"I thought the Hard Knocks people have done a really good job," O'Brien said. "They really have, but being mic'd up and having cameras around all the time, as a coach and obviously as players, I don't think that's the easiest thing."
Tonight is the penultimate episode, and next Tuesday is the finale. As we've done each of the previous three Tuesdays, we'll have a live chat at 10 p.m. CT when the show finishes this evening.
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