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Texans Transcripts: October 19

HEAD COACH BILL O’BRIEN

Do you think C/G Zach Fulton has a chance to play on Sunday?

“I think we’ll have to make that determination before the game. We’ll see.”

What are your thoughts on C/G Greg Mancz if he needs to fill in for C/G Zach Fulton?

“He’s done it for us before. 2016, he started 16 games. Center, guard, he’s really done everything we’ve asked him to do. Played a lot of football for us. Tough guy, very smart. Glad we have him.”

What are your thoughts on RB Lamar Miller’s season so far?

“I think he’s been solid. I think he’s gotten some tough yards for us. He’s been banged up a little bit. Just a really good pro.”

How much does the lack of continuity along the offensive line affect chemistry and communication up front?

“These guys are around each other all the time. I think you guys make too big of a deal of that. I really do. These guys are in the meeting room, they practice together outside all the time. They’re always together. They’re hanging out off the field. I think that’s a made up myth. I really do. I think the amount of time that these guys spend together, and also every team in the league – I guess I would say, tell me one team that doesn’t have an injury on the offensive line right now. There’s zero. That’s a myth that’s made up, because these guys do a really good job of communicating and they practice together a lot. There’s only like eight or nine of them, so there’s continuity. Of course, look, in a dream world, would you want all five guys to be healthy the whole way through? Certainly. But, that is an absolute fantasy.”

Is it even more important to get the run game going to take pressure off of QB Deshaun Watson on Sunday?

“We always have to try to establish the running game. I’m not sure if there’s any team in the league that can just go out there and throw – maybe there’s a couple, I don’t know. I think you have to establish the running game, but look, at the end of the day, you’ve got to do what’s best for your team. However the game plays out, that’s kind of how it goes, but again, I think being balanced and making sure that you’re doing the best job you can to mix it up is how you want to start the game and hopefully go throughout the game like that.”

Do you have any stories about Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone from your time together at Georgia Tech that you’d want to tell?

“No, not really. Great guy, good friend, great family, great coach.”

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