Texans’ Bill O’Brien has meltdown during NFL Draft 2020

One bonus of the virtual NFL Draft is it has given viewers a raw behind-the-scenes look at team executives and coaches. For instance, it showed Texans coach Bill O’Brien furious, slamming down his phone Friday night during the third round.

The root of his anger was a few former colleagues with the Patriots, the Houston Chronicle reported. O’Brien thought he had a deal done with the Lions while the Texans were on the clock with the 90th overall pick, but Detroit backed out.

“Listen, we talk to a lot of teams,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn said. “When we’re not on the clock we talk to a bunch of teams and it’s not just myself. We’ve got four or five people that make calls, so I’m not sure what that was about. But we didn’t have a trade.”

O’Brien worked alongside Quinn and Lions coach Matt Patricia in New England from 2007-11. They are considered friends. The two teams had joint practices together during training camp last year. But now there appears to be issues between the two sides and the public knows about it, thanks in part to the virtual draft.

O’Brien later tried to downplay the viral clip, telling reporters he was “messing with the (video-chat service) Zoom.”

It adds more controversy to an already hectic offseason for O’Brien, who was criticized for trading superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in a deal many believe he lost.

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