Bill O’Brien Fired

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Photographer: Eric Sauseda

Noble Barowsky, Writer

The Houston Texans fired head coach Bill O’Brien on Monday, October 5, 2020, following their  31-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in week 4 the Texans feel 0-4 dead last in the AFC south.

O’Brien has been with the Texans since 2014 and registered a record of 52-48. Houston reached the post-season four out of the six seasons but won just two post-season games. Jack Easterby is now in charge of the organization with Bill O’Brien out as general manager. Shortly after the news broke, Texans owner Cal McNair released a statement thanking O’Brian.

“On behalf of my family and our entire organization, I want to sincerely thank Bill O’Brien and his family for their impact on our franchise. Bill’s leadership moved our organization forward as he guided us to four AFC South division championships, 52 wins, and multiple playoff appearances during his tenure. Bill proved himself as a coach and leader in this league. I spoke with him earlier today and told him we are moving in a different direction. Romeo Crennel will serve as our interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season. We have a talented team and I have no doubt our players and staff will rally to make Texans fans proud as we aim to win championships and do great things for the city of Houston.” 

O’Brien had been clashing with prominent players at practice and taking over play-calling duties was his last attempt to salvage things within the organization. That move was another misstep as the Texans went 3-of-12 on the third-down conversions turned the ball over once and were dominated in time of possession during their fourth consecutive loss on Sunday. O’Brien made more than his fair share of blunders over the past year, but one of his final mistakes that resonated inside the locker room was his decision to trade away wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. The Texans traded Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick for David Johnson and a 2021 second-round pick.