Texans Sticking With The Pros In Search For New Coach

After hiring Bill O'Brien straight out of Penn State, the Houston Texans are expected to stick to the NFL ranks for their next head coach.

O'Brien was fired after an 0-4 start to this mess of a season. The Texans (4-11) will miss the playoffs one year after finishing 10-6. O'Brien also served as general manager, so the Texans will need one of those, too.

The next GM is likely to be charged with hiring either a former NFL head coach or current NFL assistant as the next main man on the sideline, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Current interim coach Romeo Crennel, 73, has the background the Texans seek. He has previously served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. He is also a former defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, among others. But he is not expected to be in the running to become the next full-time coach of the Texans.

On one hand, the job is appealing, given the Texans have ultra-talented Deshaun Watson at quarterback and a handful of notable defensive players. On the other, the front office has created a chaotic atmosphere with its indecisiveness and perceived lack of leadership.

Either way, the Texans can still get one last hurrah as they are today. A win over their rivals in the AFC South, the Tennessee Titans, would serve as a reason to celebrate because it would likely eliminate the Titans from the playoffs. And the Texans could enter their critical offseason on a high note.