Texans fire Bill O’Brien after seven seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Houston Texans want a new direction. The team has fired head coach Bill O’Brien.

He was also serving as the team’s General Manager. Through the first month of the season, the Texans were 0-4 under O’Brien.

Former Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of the 2020 AFC Wild Card Playoff game
Bill O’Brien looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of the 2020 AFC Wild Card Playoff game (Getty Images)

“On behalf of my family and our entire organization, I want to sincerely thank Bill O’Brien and his family for their impact on our organization,” Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said. “Bill’s leadership moved our organization forward, as he guided us to four AFC South division championships, 52 wins, and multiple playoff appearances during his tenure. Bill proved himself as a coach and leader in this league. I spoke with him earlier today and told him we are moving in a different direction.

“Romeo Crennel will serve as our interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season. We have a talented team and I have no doubt our players and staff will rally to make Texans fans proud, as we aim to win championships and do great things for the city of Houston.”

He was hired by the team in 2013 and spent seven seasons as their head coach. The 50-year-old was 52-48 as the Texans head coach during this time.

O’Brien was also 2-4 in the playoffs. This past off-season, the Texans had a huge lead, before blowing it to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs went on to win the Super Bowl for the first-time in 50-years, as they came back to beat all three of their opponents.

He had a .520 win percentage as the team’s head coach. But he has made some very questionable decisions as the team’s General Manager.

Mostly, he traded superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson. Sure, there was draft picks involved, but that was a lopsided deal, as the Cardinals received a star, while the Texans received an often-injured running back, who has had only one 1,000+ rushing yard season in his career.

He also made the deal to trade away their 2021 and 2022 first-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins in a deal that acquired Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil. The August 31t, 2019 deal sent Tunsil, Stills, and a fourth-round draft pick to the Texans in exchange for the two first-round draft picks, a second-round draft pick, Johnson Bademosi, and Julien Davenport.

O’Brien, as the team’s GM, made Tunsil the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL in terms of annual value. He signed Tunsil to a three-year, $66 million extension in April 2020 with $57.85 million in guaranteed money.

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