Bill O'Brien Feels Gareon Conley is Going to be a "Good Fit" for The Houston Texans

Patrick D. Starr

The trade for cornerback Gareon Conley became official for the Houston Texans, and head coach Bill O'Brien took time to address the move with the Oakland media on Tuesday. 

In his weekly conference call with the opponent's media, O'Brien admitted that the Texans did extensive work on Conley. The Texans worked on scouting Conley during the pre-draft process in 2017 and been keeping a close eye on his games this season for the Raiders.

The discussions between the Texans and Raiders regarding have been going on for a while. The two sides were finally able to agree, and O'Brien likes the fit of Conley in their defensive scheme. 

"We've been talking to Oakland for a while about Gareon, and we were finally able to come to an agreement on a deal," Obrien said in a conference call on Tuesday with Oakland media. "It was good working with [General Manager] Mike [Mayock] and [Head Coach] Jon [Gruden] on the deal, and we studied Gareon in the draft. We've watched him while he's been at Oakland, and we just think that he is going to be a good fit for what we're trying to do, and we're looking forward to working with him."

Conley was the 24th overall selection of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Raiders. He has appeared in 23 games the past three seasons with 20 starts. Conley has 67 total tackles with 18 passes defended and four interceptions. 

The addition of Conley comes just a week before his former team the Raiders come to NRG Stadium for their week eight matchup with the Texans. 

O'Brien does not see the addition of Conley as a big advantage for inside secrets of how the Raiders operate on offense or defense. 

The Texans want Conley to prepare for the Raiders and get accustomed to the Texans organization and how they operate day-to-day. 

"I don't think there is that much of an advantage because I think that Gareon is coming in here and is going to have to learn what we do," O'Brien said of Conley facing the Raiders on Sunday. "Kind of how our scheme works, how we meet, how we walk through, just kind of how we do things and there's not going to be a lot of time for anything other than that.

Despite the Raiders coming into town, O'Brien says Conley ending up on the Texans just happened to coincide with the schedule.

"I don't think you can read too much into it," O'Brien said of Conley arriving the week the Texans are playing the Raiders. 

O'Brien continued, "It's pro football, that's the way things work sometimes. Sometimes you make a trade, and you end up playing that team the very next week. I mean, that's just kind of how it works."

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