O’Brien argued with J.J. Watt, others before Texans fired him

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

J.J. Watt was the lone Houston Texans star that Bill O’Brien did not trade away. Yet, if he had his way, maybe he would have.

More is coming to light, as former Texans Head Coach and General Manager Bill O’Brien argued with Watt, along with members of his staff, in the weeks before his departure. O’Brien reportedly got into a heated exchange with Watt and defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver right before he was fired.

Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt practices with his teammates before the team’s October 4th game against the Minnesota Vikings
J.J. Watt practices with his teammates before the team’s October 4th game against the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by the Houston Texans/Instagram)

O’Brien also reportedly had arguments, the Houston Chronicle is reporting, with multiple departments. Romeo Crennel has already had a better relationship with the players since being named interim head coach on Monday.

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“I hope our attitude and energy is different, and then I hope that our performance is different,” Crennel said Wednesday morning. “I mean, you’re not going to come in and put in a new offense or new defense just overnight, because it takes time.

“So, we’re going to have to work with what we have and then try to get our players to play it better than we have been playing it, and more consistently, because that’s part of our problem. We’re not as consistent as we need to be.”

Watt has seen a lot since coming into the league with the Texans in 2011. He has had O’Brien as his head coach since the 2014 season. Crennel has been with the Texans since the 2014 season.

“RAC’s a great man,” Watt said. “He’s seen a lot. He’s been around a lot. He’s been around great players, great teams. He has rings and he has a positive air about him. He has just kind of a jolly nature to him.

“So, you can’t really help but smile when you’re having a conversation with RAC. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do and what he brings to our team. It should be fun.”


With O’Brien no longer in the picture, the team should play better on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Houston.

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