Bill O’Brien Fired By Texans After Putting Them in Long-Term Mess

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What a difference four losses can make. During the offseason, Texans owner Cal McNair was touting as “bold” many of Bill O’Brien’s strange decisions, including one to trade away their best receiver, DeAndre Hopkins. Now, the Texans are 0-4, and O’Brien has been fired:

The Texans cannot rebuild through the draft, as their first- and second-round picks belong to the Miami Dolphins, thanks to trades for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills. They better hope they can lure a wunderkind coach in the offseason because the roster is going to be rough for years. They do have Deshaun Watson locked up, but there is no guarantee that he stays healthy. And if there are no other offensive weapons around him, he won’t be able to do much anyway.

You could tell just by the look on O’Brien’s face after they lost at home to the Minnesota Vikings that he was out of answers. He seemed to know he was gone, despite having a strong relationship with the team ownership.

O’Brien’s likely interim replacement, Romeo Crennel, has six years of NFL head coaching experience with the Browns and Chiefs. His lifetime record as a head coach is 28-55.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. This guy made Christian Hackenberg look like an All-American at Penn State and had them playing above talent level on a consistent basis. What the hell happened? Peter principle? College coach only? Just got stupid?

  2. To be fair, the Minnesota loss was bad but the first 3 losses were tough opponents. But as a Redskins fan, Cousins can be streaky and sometimes good. That being said, I think its completely reasonable to lose those first three.

  3. IMO Watson has been woefully under-coached since he left Clemson. He should be close to the same level as Mahomes and Russell Wilson right now. Not as bad of a job as you might think for a good young coach because you’ve got a franchise QB. Finding the right GM will be the bigger challenge.

  4. Crenel is not the answer to the interim position. I’m a MSState alum and Romeo reminds me of the what Sylvester Croom did at MSState. All defense….

    Cal McNair has ruined the franchise for 4 years minimum by giving an arrogant buffoon like O’Brien total control. Four draft picks for a tackle and a reciever and the best receiver in football for a one-legged running back who hasn’t played 16 games since 2014.

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