Why Deshaun Watson Looks Forward To Working Closer With Texans OC Tim Kelly

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly has talked about seeing the game through the same set of eyes as quarterback Deshaun Watson.

That's important with Kelly in his first season calling plays for the Texans. 

Watson and Kelly have been throwing around ideas since their virtual offseason program at the end of April. 

The biggest difference between having Kelly as the play caller and head coach Bill O'Brien, who now doubles up as the general manager, is the amount of time they are able to spend together. 

Watson is complimentary of his relationship with O'Brien, but he said Saturday that time did not always allow them to meet as much as they wanted. 

With Kelly, that's not an issue. 

"Being the head coach and the (offensive coordinator), there were times where we couldn’t meet as much as we wanted to," Watson said. "But I feel like with Tim, I get to see Tim. That’s the only person that I’m meeting with besides (quarterbacks coach) T.J. Yates. So, being able to have that, every day conversations and meetings with him, and being on the same page and seeing eye to eye definitely is going to take us a long way. Tim has been doing a great job of putting together different game plans and scripts, making sure I’m prepared in each and every game. I can tell he wants to take that to a whole nother level.”

Kelly is also aware that as dynamic as Watson has been in his first three seasons, there is still room for improvement. 

Watson on Saturday talked about some of those areas in which he wants to get better.

Watson spoke about taking care of the ball, improving his performance in close games, and especially in games against great quarterbacks. He specifically mentioned last year's opener against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, which the Texans lost 30-28.

"I think you always, as you're calling plays or you're part of the play-calling process, you want to make sure that you're seeing the game through the same set of eyes as the quarterback," Kelly said when he spoke to reporters in May. "That you're all on the same page, that you all have the same vision of the play when the play gets called. That's something, as we continue to grow, that's going to be important.

"And yeah, there's things that Deshaun needs to get better at, as all of us need to improve on. We've talked about that with him, coming out and being consistent. He's set the bar so high, so it's really a challenge for him to be able to play at that level every time he steps on the field."