Sundays embarrassing loss against division rivals the Jacksonsville Jaguars, is believed to have initiated discussion within the Texans front office, with ‘Changes on the Horizon’.
Sunday’s 45-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars dropped the Houston Texans to 4-10 in 2017, and their poor season could culminate in the departure of head coach Bill O’Brien. A rift between O’Brien and Texans general manager Rick Smith is believed to be the issue that has sparked the rumors Monday afternoon.
O’Brien has one more season left on his contract with Houston, but with a poor record and heavy defeats this season, reports coming out of Houston that O’Brien may struggle to keep the top job at the Texans in 2018.
Injuries Both to Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt, both suffered season-ending injuries, did not help O’Briens playoff hopes for the 2017 season.
O’Brien denied any rift between him and general manager Rick Smith that would force him to stand down from the head coaching job.
“I will never quit as the head coach of the Houston Texans, ever,” O’Brien said
“I signed a five-year contract. I expect to be back here, but those decisions are not made by me. My job is to make sure that I coach these players. I really care about these players. I really care about how hard they’re working and the effort that they’re putting in. And we’re not seeing the results on the field, so I really want to try to improve that over the next two weeks.” O’Brien added.
O’Brien’s work with the Texans would ensure he’d be employed quickly were he to leave Houston. The team reached the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 despite Brian Hoyer and Brock Osweiler finishing as the leading passer in each season.
Watson was also off to a great start in his first season, throwing for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns in seven appearances.
While O’Brien would have no shortage of suitors on the coaching market, the Texans would almost certainly have a number of possible candidates to replace him. An offense with a healthy Watson in 2018, as well as Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins, will also be very attractive for prospective coaches.
Tension was understood to be brewing in Houston, and a letdown in 4-10 season with two weeks remaining could be undoing of O’Brien and the Texans’ front office.