(SportsRadio 610) - Charles Omenihu has been thriving since being traded from the Texans to the San Francisco 49ers.
It took him some time adjusting to pass rushing in a new scheme, but says ultimately it’s allowed him to use his 6’5”, 280-pound length and strength to his advantage.
Omenihu, a Dallas-area native, had three quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks in the 49ers’ 23-17 win against the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round at AT&T Stadium.
But the biggest difference going from Houston to the Bay Area?
“A lot more structure,” Omenihu told reporters when asked Thursday. “The leadership between the coach and the GM, it doesn’t seem like it’s a power struggle. It’s very like, they’re on the same page. They have an understanding of what they want. They make it very clear of what they want, from GM to head coach, from head coach to the position coaches. It’s not a circus show here. You guys definitely have things down pat and you know what you want out of the players.
“The coaches know the expectations and it’s very sought out and set. It’s not a lot of switching around, switching guys from being the starter and not being the starter. You understand what you’re doing here and you just get it done.” Omenihu also called it "a breath of fresh air" being with the Niners, and reiterated it’s "not ego-driven" and there’s "no power struggle."
Omenihu, who shares an agent with estranged quarterback Deshaun Watson, was traded to San Francisco just before the Nov. 2 deadline for a future late-round pick.
The Texans drafted Omenihu out of Texas as a fifth-round pick in 2019. That coincides with the team’s downfall, as it was its most recent playoff season.
But that summer, the fired general manager Brian Gaine, empowered then-head coach Bill O’Brien and current top executive Jack Easterby, who together made a collection of moves to set back the franchise.
O’Brien was fired four winless games into the 2020 season, but Easterby has remained, and the Texans are in their second year under general manager Nick Caserio after back-to-back seasons. They are also looking for their third head coach in as many seasons since they fired David Culley after just one season.