— Paul Tenorio (@osknights) February 10, 2014
The Houston Texans have made a move that could give a clue as to who they are taking with the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Texans have hired George Godsey as their quarterbacks coach under Bill O’Brien, who had been the quarterbacks coach at Central Florida from 2005-2008. The past two seasons, he was the tight ends coach for the New England Patriots.
There is already a substantial amount of smoke with the potential pairing of the Texans and Bortles. O’Brien considers Knights head coach George O’Leary a mentor and when O’Brien’s Penn State Nittany Lions played against Bortles and lost, O’Brien had nothing but glowing things to say about him. O’Brien is also supposed to prefer a bigger passer who can operate in the pocket.
The Texans could certainly turn around and pick another quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel, but the number of dots between O’Brien and Bortles seems to be increasing as the draft draws closer. Hiring a former assistant coach who is connected to current UCF head coach and Bortles by extension is another link.