Texans: Head coaching search down to Eric Bieniemy and Leslie Frazier?
By Cory Kinnan
And then there were two. It looks like the head coaching search for the Houston Texans could conclude as early as this weekend. At the very minimum, we may get a much better idea of who general manager Nick Caserio and his team are zeroing in on.
At this point, Houston has yet to hire a head coach, which seemingly points to the fact that they cannot yet do so. Should Caserio want to hire a coach from one of the four remaining teams, they must wait until that team is eliminated from the playoffs. Looking at the coaches they have interviewed, that leaves only two.
While Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is potentially the hottest name on the block, he turned down an interview with Houston, returning to the Bills after the Los Angeles Chargers passed him over for Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. The two coaches who have interviewed with the Texans, however, are none other than the Bills’ defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
The fact that no more head coaches have been brought in for interviews in days should be quite telling.
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Who has the upper hand for the Texans job?
We will have a much better idea of who the man for the job is after this weekend. Should the Chiefs win, and Frazier is not offered the job, then that would seemingly point towards Houston waiting Bieniemy out. Trying to sort out the mess with superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson as well, Bieniemy most likely has the upper hand as well.
Bieniemy, the coach Watson vocally vouched for, could be hired by Caserio and Houston as an opportunity at unity with their star quarterback. As Watson has proven to be unwilling to communicate with the organization, this may be the gift of reconciliation to do the trick.
Frazier or Bieniemy? We should have a much clearer picture in just a few days as to who will be the new head coach in Houston. For now, we sit and wait.