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Bill O’Brien: Hard Knocks good for Texans, but I don’t want my mom watching

Bill O'Brien

Bill O’Brien


The Texans make their debut on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” on Tuesday night and there will be plenty of people watching the latest installment of the popular training camp series.

If Texans coach Bill O’Brien gets his way, his parents won’t be among the viewers. O’Brien said that he asked his parents and especially his mother, who he said goes to mass every day, not to watch the show because she wouldn’t be happy with her son’s “colorful” language.

When the Texans’ participation was first announced, many wondered how O’Brien would react to the cameras. He coached in New England under Bill Belichick, whose past preference was for his team to be on the other side of cameras, but O’Brien said he liked what he saw in the first episode.

“I think the “Hard Knocks” people, to this day, to where we are right now, have done a really good job of working with us,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “(Director) Matt Dissinger is a guy that’s been very good to work with. I think that, again, it should showcase the players, and I think it does, showcases a lot of players in a good way, and that’s a good thing for the Houston Texans.”

Despite that, O’Brien says he’ll still be on guard for “a phone call tomorrow morning from my mother” that probably wouldn’t be about J.J. Watt jumping offside.