It has been a busy weekend for the Houston Texans by officially hiring Bill O’Brien as the head coach on Friday, followed with a lot of house cleaning Saturday with O’Brien not bringing back both coordinators for next season.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote about both Wade Phillips and Rick Dennison being fired on Saturday.
McClain said the following coaches were fired (besides the coordinators):
“On his second day at work, O’Brien fired position coaches Karl Dorrell (quarterbacks), Chick Harris (running backs), Brian Pariani (tight ends), Larry Kirksey (receivers), Reggie Herring (linebackers) and Vance Joseph (defensive backs).”
McClain followed with:
“O’Brien, who has more meetings scheduled Monday morning with the rest of the position coaches hired by Gary Kubiak, is expected to keep assistant head coach/defensive line Bill Kollar.”
Can we really blame O’Brien for rebuilding the coaching staff? It is his team now, so you would figure he wants his own coaches. It makes a lot of sense, so I have no problem with him bringing in his own people, especially with the Texans finishing 2-14 last season.
Here is another story on the firing of Wade Phillips from Yahoo! Sports where it says:
“Thanks to McNair family and great Texan fans and most all our players,” Phillips wrote on Twitter. “It was wonderful being home. I wish the best to all.”
Over at House of Houston, they wrote about the Texans signing players to future contracts:
“One signee was free agent receiver Mike Thomas. Thomas, 26, was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.”