In his first season with the Houston Texans, quarterbacks coach Carl Smith is having fun.
"It's been exciting getting to know the offense," Smith said Tuesday. "But to get to watch Deshaun work, I know that I've got a great quarterback and it's fun to work with great players."
Smith, now in his 30th season as an NFL assistant coach, previously served as the Associate Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks last year after spending the previous seven years (2011-17) as quarterbacks coach. When asked about his impressions of Deshaun Watson, Smith recalled his first meeting with the Texans starting quarterback back in 2017.
"I got to interview him at the Combine at the train station and he was outstanding," Smith said. "I remember the interview. It's like sometimes the very top guys don't go to the train station. You've been to the Combine, right? I'm always impressed with the guys that do."
Smith will now serve as Watson's position coach after mentoring Russell Wilson from the third-youngest starting quarterback in NFL history to a Super Bowl XLVIII champion.
When asked if he has shared any of his insight from Wilson with Watson, Smith admits he hasn't yet. But the two quarterbacks met at this year's Pro Bowl in Orlando and exchanged notes on Smith, who also goes by the nickname 'Tater' from his quarterback days at Bakersfield College.
Smith says he's most excited about his new role in Houston.
"Every season is exciting and I'm kind of excited about winning games," Smith said. "That's the most fun and playing good football."
Under Smith, Wilson helped lead the Seahawks to 73 victories (regular and postseason), which marks the most victories in a player's first six seasons in NFL history., He also threw the third-most touchdown passes (161) in a player's first six seasons in NFL history. Smith also coached Drew Bledsoe during his time with the New England Patriots and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinert at the University of Southern California.
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