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Texans QB A.J. McCarron says Bill O’Brien was the ‘main deal’ behind him joining Houston

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The Houston Texans may have fired general manager Brian Gaine earlier this month, a move that came out of left field considering the Texans had allowed Gaine to handle both free agency and the draft.

So, would some of Gaine’s free-agent pickups be having second thoughts about staying in Houston now?

Not quarterback A.J. McCarron.

McCarron says the main reason he even signed with the Texans to begin with was because of head coach Bill O’Brien, as he hardly even spoke with Gaine:

“I met with him maybe two minutes,” McCarron said of Gaine, per Mark Lane of Texans Wire. “OB (Bill O’Brien) was the main deal behind me coming here. I spent most of my time with him, so I didn’t have anything with Mr. Gaine.”

As for O’Brien’s thoughts on McCarron? He loves his work ethic:

“He really comes in here and approaches every day in a very professional way,” O’Brien said. “He shows up on the days when the vets have off. He comes in with the rookies. He works with the rookies. He’s really put a lot of time into learning this offense and hopefully we can see the reward of that type of labor when we get to training camp.”

McCarron, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (164th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Bengals before joining the Oakland Raiders for one year in 2018.

The 28-year-old will serve as Deshaun Watson’s backup.