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HOUSTON – Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien says he and normal supervisor Rick Smith have mentioned signing Colin Kaepernick within the wake of final week’s season-ending damage to Deshaun Watson.

When requested about Kaepernick on Monday, a day after Tom Savage struggled in a 20-14 loss to the Colts, O’Brien mentioned: “We talk about the roster and what’s out there every day Rick and I.”

O’Brien was then pressed on whether or not they have particularly mentioned about including Kaepernick.

“Oh yeah, everybody gets discussed,” he mentioned. “Is that a problem? Isn’t that the way most teams do it. People seem shocked by that.”


Kaepernick, the previous 49ers quarterback, started the nationwide anthem protest motion by kneeling final season. He stays unsigned and has filed a grievance that group homeowners colluded in opposition to him due to the protests, that are geared toward police brutality in opposition to African-Americans and different social justice points.

O’Brien was pressed a number of occasions Monday about whether or not the Texans would signal Kaepernick if it have been his resolution. He averted answering the query instantly, saying that his job is just to “coach the football team.”

After that he was requested if he believes signing Kaepernick would make that job simpler.

“Uh, that’s an interesting question,” he mentioned earlier than pausing for a few seconds. “I would tell you that I like the guys that we have and we’re going to continue to coach them and try to do a better job of coaching them.”

The Texans haven’t been very energetic in anthem protests, however the majority of the group kneeled in the course of the anthem earlier than a recreation on Oct. 29 at Seattle after a report revealed that group proprietor Bob McNair mentioned, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” throughout a gathering of NFL homeowners about gamers who protest by kneeling. No member of the group kneeled this week earlier than Houston’s annual salute to service recreation to honor members of the army.

Houston is searching for solutions to get its offense again on observe and attempt to make a push for a 3rd straight playoff berth. The Texans fell to Three-5 with the loss to Indianapolis and are two video games behind Tennessee and Jacksonville, who’re tied for first place within the AFC South.

Savage began Houston’s season opener however was benched for Watson after a horrible first half. He moved again into the beginning function this week after Watson tore an anterior cruciate ligament Thursday. Savage regarded a lot the identical as he did within the opener on Sunday and failed to maneuver the offense for almost all of the day.

After Watson had helped the Texans rating 30 or extra factors in a franchise-record 5 straight video games, Savage led the offense on only one scoring drive. That got here halfway by way of the fourth quarter. The Texans, whose first landing on Sunday got here on a fumble return, had an opportunity to win on the final play, however Savage was sacked and fumbled.

Houston signed T.J. Yates and Matt McGloin on Friday to again up Savage, however his efficiency Sunday led to questions whether or not Kaepernick could be a better option to run O’Brien’s offense than any of these three.

O’Brien mentioned he’s studied Kaepernick since he was in faculty, however averted any comparisons between him and the quarterbacks on Houston’s roster.

“Colin Kaepernick’s a good football player, hasn’t played football in a while,” O’Brien mentioned. “But these things are discussed daily and they’ll continue to be discussed.”

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