Rotoworld ranks every NFL coach, see where Bill O’Brien falls

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Bill O’Brien should be considered one of the top coaches in the NFL.

Just two months ago FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer reported that the Houston Texans could fire head coach Bill O’Brien.

Of course that didn’t end up happening after the Texans defeated the Oakland Raiders during the Wild Card round and then went on to lose to the New England Patriots on the road in the Divisional round.

Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld has created a list of the best NFL head coaches heading into the 2017 season.

O’Brien came in at number seven.

"7. Bill O’BrienCareer Record: 27-21 (.563)With The Texans Since: 2014Last Year’s Ranking: 10Bill O’Brien makes the best lemonade in the NFL. He’s turned the lemons of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer and Brock Osweiler into three consecutive 9-7 seasons, the most recent of which ended with a Wild Card win over the Raiders. The Texans’ 2016 was even more impressive in the context of J.J. Watt’s absence. A team without an actual quarterback was missing its spiritual quarterback and still managed to make the playoffs (and have the league’s best defense). O’Brien’s only real issue might be overconfidence. He clearly believed he could make Osweiler into a legitimate starter even though the tape insisted otherwise. Self belief is absolutely critical for any NFLer, player or otherwise. You just have to know your limits. A cerebral, no-nonsense coach, O’Brien is undoubtedly learning his. The reward could be a Super Bowl."

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The Texans would have made a huge mistake if they had decided to fire O’Brien. What he’s been able to do without a franchise quarterback is impressive.

The bad news is that it looks like O’Brien struck out with Brock Osweiler, but that’s no solely on him.  That responsibility should also fall on Texans’ general manager Rick Smith.

Both Smith and O’Brien are very good at what they do and Texans’ owner Bob McNair needs to understand that finding a viable NFL starting quarterback is not easy.  Teams miss all the time in their search for the next Peyton Manning.

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The best thing the Texans can do is to continue to keep grinding and not be quick to change their general manager and head coach.

The most dysfunctional NFL organizations constantly change their front office executives and coaches. It’s why a team like the Cleveland Browns always one of the worst teams year after year.