HOUSTON -- Bill O'Brien, a life-long Northeasterner, was asked about being new to Texas and how he would adjust.
"Right after I get out of here, I'm going to buy my first pair of cowboy boots," a smiling O'Brien said to laughter.
The truth was, O'Brien actually couldn't wait to get started at his new job as coach of the Houston Texans.
"I've got a lot of work to do on this team," O'Brien said in the 30th minute of his introductory press conference. "And the sooner I can get into my office and get started, the better."
The Texans introduced O'Brien as the third head coach in franchise history on Friday, doing so in a festive setting that included fans and music playing before the interviews began. O'Brien sat on a raised stage with Texans owner Bob McNair, general manager Rick Smith and Texans chief operating officer Cal McNair.
O'Brien follows a 2-14 season for the Texans and one in which they earned the first pick in this year's draft.
"He showed that he has the ability to step into difficult situations and turn them around," McNair said. "He did that at Penn State under very difficult circumstances and did an outstanding job there.
"We expect to see good things happen immediately."
The Texans hired O'Brien less than one month after firing former head coach Gary Kubiak, a move McNair said he made in order to get a head start on the coaching search process.
McNair said Houston interviewed several candidates. Only three interviewees are known: O'Brien, new Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith and Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who served as interim head coach for the last three games of the season.
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