To lead a position whose development will be critical to Bill O'Brien's success, the new Houston Texans head coach has chosen a man who once played for him.
Former New England Patriots tight ends coach George Godsey will be the Texans new quarterbacks coach.
Godsey and O'Brien's history goes back to O'Brien's time at Georgia Tech. O'Brien was promoted to quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech in 2001, Godsey's final year in the program. When O'Brien became the Patriots' offensive coordinator, Godsey became an offensive assistant in New England.
O'Brien tried to take Godsey with him to Penn State when he left New England, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick prevented it.
Godsey's last stint as a quarterbacks coach was from 2005 to 2008 when he served the role for the University of Central Florida.
It's very possible O'Brien could be grooming Godsey to become a playcaller. It's similar to the path he took to becoming the Patriots' offensive coordinator. This season O'Brien will call offensive plays, and it's not looking like he's going to hire an offensive coordinator.
A position that remains unfilled is that of offensive line coach. Mike Munchak, the former Oilers offensive lineman who was fired as Tennessee Titans head coach earlier this month, chose to work for the Pittsburgh Steelers instead.
Although most of his staff is set, O'Brien won't announce the staff until it's officially complete.