Unless you’ve been in a cave for the past week, you’ve heard by now that the Houston Texans have hired former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien as their replacement for head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans rolled out the red carpet (literally) and officially announced him at a press conference yesterday morning. In that press conference, O’Brien was asked about the status of the current coaching staff to which he replied he’d be meeting with them in the coming days. He wasted absolutely no time.
Conflicting reports are being circulated, but either way it doesn’t look good for the current coaching staff. If you are to believe Alex Marvez of FoxSports1, Bill O’Brien is firing the entire coaching staff. If you are to believe John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, there are four coaches (unnamed) that have yet to be interviewed and have heard nothing from O’Brien.
There also haven’t been any official hires by O’Brien, but the reports that are consistent say that Romeo Crennel is being seriously considered as the new defensive coordinator under O’Brien. This obviously doesn’t bode well for Wade Phillips but I predicted Phillips would be gone as soon as Gary Kubiak was fired. Also, it’s been confirmed that QB coach Karl Dorrell and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison have been fired after meeting with Bill O’Brien today.
UPDATE: Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips has also confirmed on Twitter that he will not be returning to the Texans’ staff next year.
A few names that have been floating around to replace Dennison are Stan Hixon (Penn State WR coach) and George Godsey (NE Patriots TE Coach). Other names being floated out as hires are Jim Bernhardt (Penn State Special Assistant to Head Coach) and Pepper Johnson (NE Patriots LB Coach).
Either way, I’m completely fine with this. Good job, Bill. I’m not going to cry over Phillips or any other coach being let go. We went 2-14 with a team filled with talent that should have no business going 2-14. Texans fans have deluded themselves into thinking that the coaching on this team is “not that bad.” Wrong. It’s awful. No coach is exempt from that. Sure, there are a few coaches who did an OK job and flew under the radar, but considering that we’re trying to start completely anew do you want to be settling for mediocrity? Nah. There’s zero love lost between this coaching staff and the front office.
Keep it locked here for more updates on confirmations of hirings and firings within the Texans coaching staff.
Fasten your seat belts, gang. This is going to be fun.
UPDATE: Confirmed LB coach Reggie Herring and RB coach Chick Harris have been fired by the Texans.
UPDATE: TE coach Brian Pariani has also been fired.
UPDATE: Per ESPN’s Tania Ganguli: The Texans fired strength coaches Cedric Smith and Matt Schiotz this morning and have officially retained DL coach Bill Koller.
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