Houston Texans fire Bill O’Brien as head coach, GM

Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Head coach Bill O’Brien of the Houston Texans (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans made the move they needed to make by firing head coach Bill O’Brien as head coach and GM.

After Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien all but said he didn’t have the answers following their loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Texans owner Cal McNair had an answer on Monday, and that was O’Brien is no longer the head coach or general manager of the franchise.

Currently the Texans are 0-4, and at the end of last season the team lost in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs to the Kansas City Chiefs, a game where the Texans held a 24-point lead into the second quarter.

Also, the biggest move made by the Texans this offseason was not only hiring O’Brien as the general manager, but he made a deal to trade DeAndre Hopkins, a move from which the Texans offense has yet to recover. The Houston Texans also don’t have possession of their first- or second-round picks for the 2021 NFL Draft next April.

The report of the firing came from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, plus others, including Adam Schefter of ESPN:

This move had to be made before the Houston Texans continued to slide down a slippery slope and lose all hope for the 2020 season, with 12 regular-season games left on the schedule. With the season starting off with four losses, it is evident that captains J.J. Watt and Deshain Watson aren’t happy, as their comments from Sunday postgame press conference made that heard.

On Monday evening, Houston Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair released a statement about the change of O’Brien as head coach and general manager:

In the meantime, the Houston Texans must prepare for a game in Week 5 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are 1-4 overall this season, as they’ve defeated the Indianapolis Colts. The interim head coach is slated to be Romeo Crennel, who is a former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator.

There is much more that can be said about this move, and more will be said, but as of now, this was a needed move for both the Houston Texans and Bill O’Brien.

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The Houston Texans looked extremely defeated after the loss on Sunday, and now they must move on and try to salvage the remainder of the 2020 season before things get completely out of control.