Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien To Return As Head Coach Next Season


The Houston Texans have soared to better heights over the past three seasons, earning a 9-7 record for each.

The Houston Texans have soared to better heights over the past three seasons, earning a 9-7 record for each.

And who has been an important fixture of each of those seasons?

Yep, you guessed it.

It’s Bill O’Brien, the head coach for the Houston Texans.

After weeks of speculation that he’d either be fired from or resign from the team after the season have now been put to rest.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that O’Brien will return for a 4th season:

The speculation went through two different extremities — the first rumor was that he’d quit if the Texans made an early exit all the way up to most recent indicating that he had a rift with management and that he’d fired after this season.

As I thought, none of them turned out to be true and O’Brien will be right back here, coaching this team.

I know that there are many detractors to O’Brien’s style and his inability to get an efficient-enough offense out on the field but he has done a lot more good than bad.

A head coach is more of like a CEO of a corporation where he oversees all the operations of the team and makes the final calls.

O’Brien emanates leadership and I’m positive he commands the same from the 53 men that look to him for guidance each and every week.

The quarterback situation has been less than desired this season with Brock Osweiler, the team’s most expensive off season acquisition in quite some time, cratered to a level that many didn’t expect.

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His 15 touchdowns to 16 interceptions ratio certainly didn’t turn any heads throughout the course of the season.

Once again, O’Brien had to start playing a glorified game of musical chairs by inserting Tom Savage in Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of Osweiler’s poor play.

Tom stepped in, played well, and won the game for the team and that’s when the controversy started.

But an concussion to Savage in Week 17, allowed Brock to step in and prove as to why he felt he  deserves to be the starter.

He has not relented, having not turned the ball over since that week.

But because of the significant investment — $72 million, $38 million guaranteed — made in Osweiler, I’m positive O’Brien was under pressure from Texans’ management to play him causing an unfortunate rift.

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But rifts happen, conflicts happen and it’s all part of the human element.

Nonetheless, despite all of the problems, Bill knows how to do more with less and it has resulted in back-to-back playoff berths.

Not too shabby isn’t it?

O’Brien personally has my support for the job he’s doing and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s signed to an extension he sustains his success.

He’s currently going into his 4th of a five-year deal.

I just have one concern — can he tell George Godsey to hit the road so this 29th-ranked offense can spread its wings and take off?

I’m not asking much.

Go Texans.