Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans has a busy day Monday for the fact the new head coach continued to clean house of the coaching staff, bringing in his own people, but keeping one coach from the past coaching staff in Bill Kollar, the defensive line coach.
ESPN reported the following:
“O’Brien met with and fired strength and conditioning coaches Cedric Smith and Matt Schiotz this morning as well … Meanwhile, a report from Penn State’s Scout.com site says Penn State’s strength and conditioning coach, Craig Fitzgerald, is leaving the program to come to Houston.”
Like I’ve said before, a new head coach should be able to bring in his own people to be the assistants. Plus change was needed following a two-win season.
Tania Ganguli also reported for ESPN about assistant coaches and the early start:
“Being the first team to hire a head coach also means having your pick among the assistant coach pool … Of course, part of that work is done even before someone becomes a head coach. There’s no doubt Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith started planning their staffs before they were officially hired.”
From CSN Houston, they reported on linebacker Brian Cushing, quoting him as saying:
“It’s going real well,” Cushing said. “I probably have about another month and a half, two months until I’m 100 percent. So definitely have to work a little bit but I’m looking forward to it.”
I would really like to see Cushing get through an entire season next year, but I hope the Texans have a “Plan B” just as a backup plan, as Cushing has been unable to finish the past two seasons with two leg injuries.