Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is likely the most disliked guy in the entire city of Houston after his puzzling decision to trade All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.
The fan base and their feelings about their coach are already known, but how do the players on the team feel.
One fan on Twitter decided to ask Texans WR Kenny Stills if the players “hate” O’Brien following his decision to trade Hopkins to Arizona.
“How much does the team hate O’Brien? As much as the fans?” the fan asked.
Stills elected to not answer the question directly, but did give an answer about how he felt about Hopkins.
“We’re all going to miss HOP. But it’s gunna be crucial for us as a team and fan base to move forward. Negativity won’t get us anywhere,” Stills responded.
On Friday, Bill O’Brien spoke out for the first time since the trade went down.
“I would say the deal with Arizona was a deal that we felt was in the best interest of our team,” O’Brien told season-ticket holders on Friday, per ESPN. “DeAndre Hopkins was a great football player here. He made so many plays for us. We love DeAndre Hopkins. But he had three years left on his deal and he wanted a raise. And we weren’t going to be able to go in that direction. We felt like we had a great offer from Arizona that involved picks. That involved an excellent three-down running back who is hungry and humble and just can’t wait to get started. David Johnson is going to be a great addition to our football team.
“There’s a lot of things that go into trades. Lot of thoughts that go in. How much are you going to take on contractually? How much does it take to buy that second-round pick, that No. 40 pick? What type of player are you bringing in? What type of player are you losing and what is in the best interest of the team?”
The full trade was Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round selection