Five years of coaching under Bill Belichick may be enough to write a book. When Bill O'Brien accepted his first NFL coaching job with New England, it was more about learning under Belichick, than using it as a stepping stone into professional football.
"I think that experience for me in New England was a great one because I learned a lot about a lot of different aspects of football, whether it was personnel, evaluation or strategy, defense or whatever it was, but I just think that in this business you learn something new every day, so you are always getting better," O'Brien said Wednesday.
O'Brien, who worked his way up from offensive assistant to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, made the most of his opportunities with the Patriots organization.
"At the end of the day it was a great opportunity, it wasn't necessarily saying that I got to get to the NFL, it was more about, like at that time, having a chance in my career to work for a great football coach and a great organization, so that is what it was," O'Brien said.
As for now, the Texans head coach says he'll be using those skills to be the best coach he can for his team as they prepare to face the Patriots on Sunday night.
The (6-6) Texans will host the (10-2) Patriots on Battle Red Day presented by Halliburton this Sunday at NRG Stadium. The game will be featured on NBC's Sunday Night Football with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. CT.