Houston Texans hire new offensive coordinator

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Texans head coach Bill O'Brien of the South team reacts during the second half of the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Texans head coach Bill O'Brien of the South team reacts during the second half of the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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The Houston Texans have promoted tight ends coach Tim Kelly to the role of offensive coordinator.

Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio reported that head coach Bill O’Brien is going to promote tight ends coach Tim Kelly as the new offensive coordinator moving into the 2019 season. Offensive line assistant Will Lawling is expected to take over as the Texans tight ends coach as Kelly assumes the role as the new Texans offensive coordinator.

Kelly will be the third offensive coordinator since O’Brien was hired as the head coach in 2014, O’Brien was the offensive coordinator for his first season with the Texans, but later delegated some of his duties to former quarterbacks George Godsey and promoted him to offensive coordinator for the 2015 season before he opted to keep calling the plays for the offense.

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Godsey left to the Detroit Lions as a defensive assistant coach and O’Brien maintained control of the offense after ceding the offense to another coach. Kelly will be an intriguing option at offensive coordinator moving forward as he has spent time under Mike Devlin as an assistant coaching the offensive line and coaching tight ends the past couple of seasons.

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The Texans were going to be cautious in their approach of who they hired to offensive coordinator as O’Brien continues to work with quarterback Deshaun Watson, and helps him get acclimated to the NFL. Kelly was a graduate assistant in Penn State and worked with O’Brien when he was hired as the head coach with the Nittany Lions. Texans will only have a vacant coaching spot remaining at quarterback that could be announced soon due to the domino effect that has taken place after these moves were announced.