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Bill O’Brien, Duane Brown downplay sideline spat

Bill O'Brien

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, left, question a call during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)


When Texans coach Bill O’Brien was offensive coordinator of the Patriots, he had a much-publicized sideline spat with Tom Brady. O’Brien has received a lot less attention for a sideline spat he had with Texans left tackle Duane Brown on Sunday.

That’s partly because O’Brien and Brown insist the incident was no big deal. O’Brien has refused to say a word about it this week, while Brown laughed it off.

“It’s a very intense environment on game day and everyone wants to be successful,” Brown told the Houston Chronicle. “We’re working toward the same goal, but sometimes frustrations come out and tempers flair. But the mutual respect is always there. It was nothing personal, nothing that lingered. You got to have a short memory in this game.”

Noted sideline screamer Dez Bryant has said that outsiders don’t really understand what’s going on when players or coaches are screaming on the sideline during a game. Those screaming matches usually appear worse to those watching than they feel to those participating.