Houston Texans fans, Bill O’Brien’s behavior is arguably bad for business. Are his coaching days numbered? Here’s 5 factors into why team must part ways.
Following the underdog Houston Texans’ heartbreaking playoff loss to a talented Kansas City Chiefs’ roster, questions naturally arise about Houston’s game plan going forward. What stings the most to me for Houston Texans’ fans is not that the team lost a 24-point lead.
Rather what truly stings is recently released video by TMZ Sports (viewer discretion strongly advised, explicit content) showing Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien speaking—pardon me, screaming—in a verbally abusive, threatening, debasing manner to an alleged fan; and, adding to injury, this video has not yet resulted in his termination of employment.
First, let me preface by acknowledging that big gun, veteran reporters often in the know like John McClain and Jerome Solomon don’t see Bill O’Brien choosing to leave, let alone being forced to go—at least, any time soon. Sure, in theory, there’s a small chance that a bombshell announcement could be made concerning O’Brien’s position by the McNairs—an announcement that might fill Houston with as much joy as the first moon landing.
McClain sagely perceives O’Brien to enjoy his de facto general manager’s control and ability to answer only to team ownership. And, wow, I don’t think I ever agreed more with Solomon who wants O’Brien to resign, yes, go home—however, in a civil manner, much unlike O’Brien told a spectator to do in words and mannerisms that reek of rage just a little over a month ago.
The incident occurred back Dec. 8, at NRG Stadium, as the Texans made their way from the field to the locker room during halftime, while hosting the Denver Broncos. Only recently did a video of the altercation surface, which O’Brien arguably gave apology lip service to in a press conference before fielding questions about the Texans’ impending postseason matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.