OC Tim Kelly discusses new role as play caller in 2020

Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly will add a new title to his job duties this season.

Play caller.

At the NFL Combine in February, head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien announced that Kelly would take over play-calling duties for the upcoming season.

Kelly, now in his fifth season on the Texans coaching staff, will also coach quarterbacks in his second year as offensive coordinator.

"I think anytime you're doing something for the first time there's going to some form of a learning process," Kelly said Wednesday. "So last year being in the offensive coordinator position for the first time, it was the first time I had done so, so I was learning something from OB (Bill O'Brien) every week, every game, every day we were in there. So being able to take those lessons and make sure that we're able to improve in certain areas as we move forward here was a good thing."

This offseason, though, has also added to the learning curve with an offseason program conducted all virtually. Still, the Texans offensive coordinator is excited about the possibilities for quarterback Deshaun Watson with new additions in running back David Johnson, wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and returning veterans Will Fuller V, Kenny Stills as well as a talented tight end group already familiar with the offense.

"I think when you look at the people that we have in our offensive unit room right now, you've got a lot of explosive players there for us, guys that have unique skillsets, guys that are experienced and guys that have produced at a high level in this league," Kelly said. "It's an exciting thing to be able to kind of sit back and watch those guys come together throughout this virtual offseason and learn the offense and kind of come together as one unit."

Kelly joined the Texans in 2014 as an offensive quality control coach (2014-15) adding assistant offensive line duties in 2016. He coached tight ends from for two years (2017-18) before being named offensive coordinator before the 2019 season.

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