Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is a frequent contributor to Houston Sports and Stuff.
By LAMONT MANN
Over the last three years, I have heard people say Bill O’Brien tries to act like Bill Belichick. I’ve also heard people make this same comparison for a few of Belichick’s disciples.
It’s easy to make the comparison if you are lazy and need talking points. How easy is it to use six degrees of separation and formulate a conclusion? O’Brien coached under Belichick, therefore O’Brien is like Belichick!
As I have observed Belichick’s Press Conferences, he is reserved and low key. At times, I can barely hear Belichick because he’s mumbling. I believe the owner Robert Kraft may be more vocal than Belichick.
On the other hand, O’Brien is smug, boisterous, condescending and arrogant. O’Brien is “in your face” and does not deal well with criticism. O’Brien wants to control the media narrative and if he can’t, he will pout. He has a love/hate relationship with the local media. His personality is equivalent to a woman going through menopause; you truly do not know what you are going to get.
I see little to no similarities between O’Brien and Belichick’s personalities. They both appear to be their own man.
Comparing Belichick and O’Brien’s personalities to each other is just about as flawed as comparing Belichick and O’Brien’s offenses. Some want to desperately believe the Texans are replicating the Patriots offense. I don’t see that either.
I really wish people would stop making a comparison that’s not there. It comes off as lazy.