It finally became official as the search for the next Houston Texans head coach ended with Bill O’Brien was introduced as the third coach in Texans history, Friday during a press conference.
O’Brien comes to Houston after two seasons as the head coach of Penn State, where he had two winning seasons for a combined 15-9 record. Before that, O’Brien was the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.
O’Brien said Friday:
“There’s a lot of pieces in place here. ‘Quick turnaround,’ ‘rebuilding’ — I’m not into labels … I have a real passion for the NFL. I really enjoy the strategy, offseason preparation, part in the draft, and I missed it.”
Like I’ve stated all week … O’Brien is the right guy for this job, and Friday proves he’s ready to take on the task of getting things turned around in Houston.
He’s done it at the college level in turning something bad into something respectable, but this is the NFL, and we all know he’ll have to speed up the progress of fixing what went wrong in 2013.
Texans owner Bob McNair said of O’Brien:
“We wanted somebody that was smart, adaptable, showed leadership, had a passion for the game. Bill O’Brien has those qualities.”
General Manager Rick Smith said of the new head coach:
“I think (O’Brien) is a man that we will all appreciate and be proud to call our football coach.”