Matt Patricia was appreciative of the opportunities he had to discuss the head-coach openings in Los Angeles and San Diego, but right now he's focused on Houston.
The Patriots defensive coordinator interviewed with both the Rams and the Chargers over the weekend and was asked about how they went during a conference call with reporters on Monday morning.
"OK, well, I'll slip in here and make it pretty easy. Obviously over the weekend I was just very thankful for those opportunities and that was a great experience to go through," he said. "I think everything right now is Houston, turn the page as soon as I can.
"Coach [Bill] O'Brien and George Godsey, the offensive coordinator, are two guys that I have the most respect for in the entire league. These guys work extremely hard to get their team ready to go, prepare, and you can really see from an offensive standpoint, they're doing a great job right now of running the ball, controlling the game. They don't turn the ball over, they really dont give up that many pressures, and they're doing a good job of getting the ball around to their skill players."
Patricia then reiterated something he said last week when asked about the interview process he went through last year with the Browns: The chance to interview with different clubs is just as much an opportunity for him to learn about other franchises as it is for them to learn about him.
"To me, the fascinating part of all that is just kind of learning all the organizations and how they work because they are so different," he said. "That's just kind of a general statement about the NFL. Sometimes as you kind of anchor in on what we do day in and day out. You never really look at that stuff on a full scale. But they're very fascinating . . .
"It's really cool. But, again, Houston is where I'm at."