The Houston Texans started this football season with hopes of making it to their first ever Super Bowl. But after back to back victories to start the season the Texans lost their next 14 games. Resulting in the firing of their HC Gary Kubiak late in the season, with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips finishing the season as the interim HC.
After interviewing former Bears HC Lovie Smith, and scheduling another with Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt that was cancelled the Texans have made their decision on the franchises next head coach and it’s Bill O’Brien. O’Brien is leaving Penn St. after 2 seasons to become the Texans 3rd head coach since it became a team in 2002. O’Brien had a record of 15-9 during his time with the Nittany Lion’s while dealing with the restrictions and sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Before that O’Brien was an assistant and offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. While O’Brien was a Pats assistant and OC they averaged 30.7 points a game over a 5 year span. With the Texans having plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball and QB problems it’s thought O’Brien will use the #1 pick on the QB of his choice.
Current defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has said he wishes to stay and retain his duties under the new coach. The decision will more than likely be made by O’Brien, and soon. The Texans have a Friday afternoon presser to announce the signing of their new head coach. Phillips was hoping to be a candidate for the head coaching position but was overlooked. It’s hard for me to imagine O’Brien would keep anyone from the old regime around, especially someone who wants to eventually be his teams head coach.