How did that sit with the man who will ultimately play a leading role in deciding what to do with the draft's first overall pick?
"He's a colorful, confident guy," Smith said. "You've got to appreciate that about him. I don't have a problem with that."
So it doesn't sound like Manziel ruffled too many feathers with his bold statement, published in a Houston Chronicle story last week:
"It would be the worst decision they've ever made," Manziel said, referring to the Texans. "I'd be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito."
Manziel also addressed that comment Friday during his session with the media. He expressed disappointment that the quote received so much attention, but it wouldn't have been very Johnny Football of him to apologize for it, and he didn't.
"I wish there would have been other comments from that article taken more seriously than that one, in general," he said. "The main thing I wanted to portray is that whatever team I do end up with -- not necessarily the Texans, whether it was any of the 32 teams in the NFL -- that whenever I am in the organization, now each one of those guys are now my teammates, my brothers. I'm on the field with those guys. Whatever it takes to try and be successful, to try and get a victory is what I'm going to do. I'm going to do anything for that team, for that organization, to try and be great, to try and be the best player I can be."
O'Brien pushed back on that presumption Friday.
"I think, again, I look for what's best for the team," O'Brien said. "There's no way that you just label yourself, 'You like this type of quarterback, you like that type of quarterback.' You look for what's best for your football team and how does he fit the type of things you're going to do on both sides of the ball, whether it's a quarterback or any other position.
"In my career, I've been around quarterbacks that were 6-foot-5 and quarterbacks that were 5-foot-10," he said. "Both types of quarterbacks were very successful in some of the things we did offensively. Again, we're just looking for the best at every position, whether it's quarterback or not."