Texans morning huddle: Coaching changes begin


The morning huddle brings all the Houston Texans news you need to one spot, today’s links include three coaches being fired and O’Brien looking forward

Now that there have been some coaches let go, it officially feels like the offseason. The Texans are looking to make some changes in hopes to a better ending to the 2016 season, here is what you need to know;

Texans fire special-teams coordinator in effort to fix ailing unit – by Tania Ganguli, ESPN

"The move was not a reaction to the special-teams failure that started the Houston Texans’ playoff debacle Saturday.More from Toro TimesHouston Texans: Can Sean Payton really be the next head coach?Houston Texans Draft: Michael Mayer should be a no doubter at pick 12Houston Texans already telling fans the Davis Mills era is overHouston Texans have hand forced, waste no time in firing Lovie SmithHouston Texans: Pros and Cons of keeping Head Coach Lovie SmithKnile Davis’ 106-yard return of Saturdays’ opening kickoff for a Kansas City Chiefs touchdown in the wild-card loss only highlighted something that’s been a Texans concern for years. Their special teams have needed work, and so coach Bill O’Brien moved on Monday from special-teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky, the last remaining coach on his staff from the Gary Kubiak era."

New Texans tackle Andrew McDonald overcame testicular cancer, Dolphins’ bullying scandal – by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle

"Andrew McDonald was about to enter an exit meeting with the San Diego Chargers and head into the offseason following a losing season when his cell phone rang.The former Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers offensive tackle got the call from the Texans asking them to join their active roster and leave the Chargers’ practice squad.The Texans signed McDonald for depth with Pro Bowl alternate left tackle Duane Brown being placed on injured reserve with a torn right quadriceps tendon."

O’Brien: Can’t be relying on defense as much – by Deepi Sidhu, HoustonTexans.com

"It won’t be enough moving forward, according to head coach Bill O’Brien.“We can’t be relying on our defense as much as we were at the end of the year here,” O’Brien said on his Monday radio show. “I thought there were games where we did play well. I thought at Jacksonville and Tennessee, I thought we played pretty well. But, I think overall, we put our defense in too many tough situations and we have to get better.”"