The public perception of the Houston Texans trade of Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks is that Houston lost the deal. In return for a three-time Pro Bowl 26-year-old edge rusher, the Texans got a 2020 third-round pick and linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin. After the deal broke, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Facebook, and whatever social media network criticized the Texans endlessly.
Head coach Bill O'Brien — who played a big part of the trade as Houston doesn't have a general manager — reacted to that criticism in Monday's press conference. He said:
“I understand everybody is going to disect how we did it, what we received back, and what he gave Seattle. We did what he feel like what was in the best interest in our organization moving forward.”
We are very confident in how we operate on a daily basis. We are very confident in how we communicate with every department in the organization. We are very confident in the amount of work we put in and the thought process that goes into everything… We are also confident in the fact that we can't control what the outside world thinks. That's the nature of our business. It's probably taken me a little while to figure that out.”
The Clowney trade wasn't O'Brien's only from the day. He made three more. But, the last one was the highlight; he acquired left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins for a treasure trove of draft picks. However, Tunsil was not signed to an extension he'll get. On that, O'Brien mentioned that he would not share details of extensions to the public.