BWTB: Who are these new coaches?


Knowledge.

Bill O'Brien applied that word to each of the three key assistant coaches the Texans added to their staff in January.

Paul Pasqualoni is the new defensive line coach. Mike Devlin's in charge of the offensive line. And Pat O'Hara is now an offensive assistant. The trio each has a unique background, and in a Texans Radio interview Thursday evening with Marc Vandermeer and John Harris (PART I and PART II), the head coach started by listing the positive attributes of Pasqualoni.

"We wanted a guy that had experience," O'Brien said. "A guy that had passion. A guy that had a track record of success. A guy that coached a lot of different positions, and that was Paul Pasqualoni."

O'Brien said he and Paqualoni, who was the Bears' d-line coach in 2014, go way back.

"I've known Paul for a long time," O'Brien said. "Especially his reputation on the East Coast. Whether it was in college or the pros. He's done a lot, defensively. He's been a great addition to our staff, and we're excited to have him."

On the other side of the ball, the Texans brought Devlin in from the New York Jets after an extensive interview process.

"I spent a lot of time with him," O'Brien said. "Again: a guy that had a really good reputation from a lot of people that I trust in the profession. He played the position for the Buffalo Bills and the Arizona Cardinals. He's coached it for awhile. He's coached tight ends. He's coached offensive line. He has a really good base of knowledge of what we're trying to do against all the different defenses we see."

O'Hara, meanwhile, was most recently with the New Orleans Voo Doo from 2012 to 2014. Like Devlin, he's known O'Brien and quarterbacks coach George Godsey for awhile.

"He's a guy that's had an interesting career," O'Brien said. "He's from California. He played at Southern Cal. Had a cup of coffee in the National Football League and he ended up playing in the Arena League for a long time. When he was done in the Arena League he became a head coach. He's obviously been a standin on some movies and things like that, which is the interesting part of his career."

The head coach said O'Hara's mind will be a vital piece of the organization.

"To me the most important thing on offense is that we have another skill position brain," O'Brien said. "We got a guy there that's worked with quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, tight ends. Has really good knowledge in the passing game of what we're trying to do. He's a guy that will help us with the workload on that side of the ball."

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