Should Houston move on from Bill O’Brien?


The Houston Texans had a collapse for the ages against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Should head coach Bill O’Brien be on the way out?

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The Houston Texans had a 24-point lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round game on Sunday afternoon. With Kansas City’s futile playoff history at home, it seemed as though the Texans were poised to reach their first conference championship in franchise history. Unfortunately, the Texans fell apart from the second quarter on. It was a bad look for Bill O’Brien.

On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Josh Hill, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, look back at what all went down at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and decide if Houston has to move on from O’Brien as its head football coach or not (11:46).

Schwartz was a little milder in his approach to what the Texans should do with O’Brien than Verderame. The crux of what Schwartz was getting at was that O’Brien looks to be wasting his and everybody’s time. They have enough on-field talent to hang with anybody but are never fully able to capitalize on it because of lackluster coaching on O’Brien’s part.

And then Verderame ripped O’Brien to shreds. This comes as no surprise, as he and Hill have been critical of the Texans head coach for years now. What Verderame was getting at is what are the Texans try to accomplish here? They’re not getting to the Super Bowl with O’Brien as their head coach. Houston might win its division consistently, but the Texans consistently disappoint us.

Overall, it’s not that Houston lost to Kansas City at Arrowhead that should cost him his job, but it is the way the Texans lost that is so egregious. They blew a 24-0 lead, gave up 41 unanswered points and then lost by 20 points to end their season. It’s an unforgivable playoff loss, but one the McNairs are clearly looking the other way on for now.

The Texans don’t have a general manager because O’Brien chases them all away. They don’t have any draft picks because he traded them all away. And they can’t get even get to an NFL final four because O’Brien can’t take a perennial playoff team to the next level. Houston needs to move on from O’Brien, but it’s looking more like he’ll get another stab at it in 2020. Incredible stuff here.

Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:

  • Verderame talks about his experience of the game (5:15)
  • Texans’ coaching cost them the game (6:14)
  • Thoughts on Vikings, Seahawks (24:17)
  • Another coach will jump from NCAA to NFL in 2021. In or out? (45:11)

All this and more!

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