Posted: Jan 1, 2014 3:16 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2014 3:17 PM
HOUSTON (AP) Bill O'Brien worked closely with Tom Brady when he was a Patriots assistant.
He's now set to return to the NFL to coach Houston, and he's a long way from Brady. The Texans have the No. 1 draft pick, and O'Brien might well find himself having to groom a rookie quarterback.
Two people familiar with the negotiations, speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn't been made, said Tuesday night that O'Brien reached an agreement to coach the Texans. He is expected to be introduced Thursday.
He inherits a team filled with talent, but whose biggest problem is at quarterback. Matt Schaub and Case Keenum both showed they were not the answer in 2013 after the team finished on a 14-game skid.
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