Texans head coach and GM Bill O’Brien is pleading for Houston fans to give his scrutinized moves as general manager a chance to “play out.”
O’Brien stood by his message that trading star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft 2020 to the Cardinals in exchange for oft-injured running back David Johnson and a second-rounder was in the best interest of the team.
“We feel really good about, when we look at the analytics of it, based on the production that was leaving our team and the production that we were bringing in, and what we were able to do,” O’Brien said in a pre-draft conference call. “Again it is very incomplete and we have several roster moves to go, including the draft.
“The best thing I can tell the fans is to please — I know the media’s job is to evaluate right away and I get that — but I think we have to let it all play out. Let it play out. Let the whole thing play out, whether it’s that trade or anything else we’ve done. I would say let’s review a year from now, two years from, three years from now. Let it all play out.”
O’Brien pointed to the uniqueness of trading a player like Hopkins, who has three years and $40 million left on his current deal and wants a new contract. Many saw Hopkins, a 27-year-old four-time Pro Bowler, as worth at least a first-round pick, which forced O’Brien to explain his reasoning for accepting what Arizona sent in return.