NEW EAGLES GUARD BROOKS: SORRY TO SEE HIM GO, EX-COACH SAYS

By Peter Gleason

It’s an article of faith in the NFL that coaches say nice things about former players, especially in an open presser when writers who cover the player’s new team are taking notes.

So Texans coach Bill O’Brien had glowing things to say about guard Brandon Brooks, signed by the Eagles to a five-year, $40 million contract two weeks ago.

“They’re getting a big, big guy — a guy that has some versatility,” O’Brien said of his former player at the NFL meetings in Boca. “He can play different positions. He’s a right guard, but he can play tackle in a pinch. He can play center. … He’s, in my opinion, a prototypical guard. He can drive block, he can pass protect three-techniques that are athletic guys. He can pull. He’s smart.”

So why didn’t the Texans, who replaced Brooks with free agent Jeff Allen, retain him?

“Well, I think we tried to,” O’Brien said. “We wanted him back. They won the bidding the war. We wanted him back.”

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