PHOENIX -- The Houston Texans were in the minority last season, as they had a head coach who maintained play-calling responsibilities and as a team without a person who held the title of "offensive coordinator."
That will change soon.
I'm told the Texans plan to promote quarterbacks coach George Godsey, who is already taking on a lot of offensive coordinator responsibilites. When it happens, Godsey will take a path that Texans coach Bill O'Brien did in New England and Josh McDaniels did in New England prior to O'Brien.
When asked this morning about his decision to call plays, O'Brien brought up Godsey, unprompted.
"He does a lot of things offensively to help me," O'Brien said. "I really give him a lot of responsibility offensively. At some point in time, probably sooner rather than later, he'll be an offensive coordinator. He does a lot of that for us."
Godsey began his career in the NFL as an offensive assistant for New England in 2011, the only year O'Brien was officially the Patriots' offensive coordinator. His relationship with O'Brien goes back to Georgia Tech, when Godsey was a quarterback and O'Brien was an assistant coach. He moved to tight ends coach when O'Brien left for Penn State, then left to join O'Brien's staff in Houston last year.
Godsey took some of the public responsibilities of an offensive coordinator, including conducting the Wednesday press conferences mandated for coordinators throughout the season. His title was quarterbacks coach, though. One benefit of having a person take a gradual route is it offers a public murkiness on the inner workings of the team's offense. The collaborative effort of putting together the game plan can allow a coach can gain experience without the scrutiny that comes with being a first-year offensive coordinator. Godsey is ready for the challenge, though.
It worked for O'Brien, who was calling plays in New England for three seasons but only held the official title of offensive coordinator for one.
"It's really important to have a guy like George Godsey on your staff for me because he knows exactly what our system is, the definition of our system, how we want to call plays," O'Brien said. "How we design a game plan. I don't have to teach him that. He was with us in New England, he's come up to the ranks and he's a really good football coach."