Deshaun Watson always had a confidence on the field. With each passing year in the NFL, Watson's knowledge increased and he expanded his experience facing different defensive schemes to go along with that confidence. But in Year 4, Watson feels like he's hitting his stride with offensive coordinator Tim Kelly.
"We're being on the same page and I already know before each situation what he's thinking, so we're on the same page," Watson said. "I think that's the next step that I've been taking with him and it's been good."
Watson and Kelly spent "countless" hours together watching film and preparing for games. That ability to see the game through each other's eyes eventually has resulted in that uncanny sense of knowing what decision to make in various situations on the field.
"A lot of times you're just kind of talking about how each other are seeing the game," Kelly said. "Hey, what were you looking at here? What decision would you make in this situation? What play do you like here? Who do you like running these routes? We're having all these discussions leading up to practice or leading up to the game and then when we get on the field, we're able to take advantage of that and make sure that we're both on the same page and really allow us to execute seamlessly."
Kelly took over as the Texans offensive coordinator in 2019 and developed a strong connection with Watson. This offseason, head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien named Kelly the quarterbacks coach and playcaller as well. Last year, Watson threw a season-tying high 26 touchdown passes and rushed for a career-high seven touchdowns in his 15 starts and was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.
"The leadership, the knowledge of the offense, what we want to do as a whole, has been simplified for me just because it's Year Four for me," Watson said. "Having that comfortability and having that confidence on exactly what we've been learning over the past three years now getting into my year four and being with Tim (Kelly) and spending a whole year last year on his mindset and what he's thinking and now he's the play-caller."
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