Houston Texans: 5 Candidates for head coach vacancy
By Brian Emory
The Houston Texans have plenty of head coach candidates this offseason.
October 5, 2020 marked a day of great relief for Houston Texans fans. Following an 0-4 start and a questionable offseason, the franchise fired head coach and general manager, Bill O’Brien. O’Brien’s departure represents the dawn of a new era for Texans football, and the question looms as to who will take over his head coaching duties.
A football team starts with the head coach, and it is difficult to put together a winning product without a competent leader at the top. The current situation of the Houston Texans is a little unique compared to your typical NFL opening.
Prior to the 2020’s trainwreck of a season, the Houston Texans had become regulars in the playoffs as they made the postseason four times in the previous five years. Now Houston is sitting with a current record of 4-11, and they do not exactly have a treasure chest full of assets and cap space to work with this offseason.
Former head coach and GM Bill O’Brien bankrupted the Texans of assets on his way out the door, which makes it even more vital that the Texans get this hire right if they want to return to the playoffs anytime soon.
The situation may appear bleak on paper because O’Brien’s 2020 offseason was a complete and total disaster. Things could still be far worse, though! The Texans have a stud young signal-caller in Deshaun Watson, and there are not five people in the world better than him at what he does.
If there is one question the front office of the Houston Texans should have in mind while hiring their next head coach, it is this: Who is the best choice to capitalize on the brilliance of Watson?
There is a wide range of promising options across the football landscape, when starting this piece I realized that there truly is a talented pool of coaching candidates to choose from this offseason.
Next are five intriguing fits as to who can become the next head coach of the Houston Texans. I want to make a note that these are not the only five candidates the Texans should be considering, there are some really good names left off this list.