Bill O’Brien sounds off on why it’s so hard to coach Tom Brady

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien worked with Tom Brady as an assistant and offensive coordinator for five seasons. He knows full well what it takes to coach the future Hall of Fame quarterback.

At first glance, O’Brien’s comments suggesting it’s hard to coach Brady could be seen as a negative. That’s until we look at the totality of said comments, at which point it seems the Texans’ head coach is lofting tremendous praise Brady’s way.

“One of the most difficult jobs you can have is coaching Tom (Brady) because he wants to be coached, you coach him every single day, every minute of the day and all year round because he’s all football,” O’Brien said, via CBS Radio in Houston.

It stands to reason that Brady himself would possess one of the best work ethics of any player in the modern history of the game. A sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2000, Brady has turned himself into one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time. He has five Super Bowl titles to show for it.

For O’Brien, the praise doesn’t seem to stop there.

“He’s a phenomenal guy and the reason why he is what he is, is because he’s obsessed with football,” O’Brien continued. “He’s a great family guy, don’t get me wrong, but he’s obsessed with football and so when you’re coaching him you better be ready to go at a moment’s notice whether it’s for a meeting, or practice or game and it made me a much better coach when I was fortunate enough to coach him.”

During the offseason, we see video and photo evidence of Brady enjoying life. But it’s clear that he works as hard as any player in the NFL. Coming off another Lombardi Trophy, O’Brien’s comments seem to give us more understanding of what makes Brady tick and so darn good on the football field.