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Bill O’Brien: Johnny Football didn’t fit “vision” for Texans

NFL: 2014 NFL Draft

May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures as he walks across the stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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Perhaps no team in the NFL has a more unsettled quarterback situation than the Texans.

And apparently, they didn’t think a certain home-state quarterback would have done anything to settle it.

Speaking at a fan Q-and-A at a Houston high school, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said there was no consideration of drafting Johnny Manziel.

No. Sorry,” O’Brien replied when asked by a Texas A&M alumnus, via James Palmer of CSNHouston.com. “We spent a lot of time with Johnny and I had great meetings with him. He is a bright guy and I really enjoyed watching him play in college on film and enjoyed talking with him.”

Instead of casting their lot with Johnny Football, the Texans are going with a bunch of average Joes, with journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and fourth-rounder Tom Savage likely the present and future of the position.

“We have a vision for our football team and we stuck to that vision,” O’Brien said. “Every decision we made in the draft we felt led to that vision and we’ll see if that vision turns out the way we believe it will in whatever, a year, two years, three years. It was what we believed in and we stuck with it and we stayed disciplined in the draft and Johnny’s in a great situation in Cleveland.”

While those final five words may have never been uttered in sequence before, it’s clear that O’Brien might not have wanted the added burden of celebrity that would have come with the rookie quarterback.