Update: Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair released a statement:
A statement from Cal McNair. pic.twitter.com/5JbZylPTbp— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 5, 2020
Update: Romeo Crennel will become the Texans interim coach, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Crennel was serving as Houston’s assistant head coach and has served as their defensive coordinator as recently as last season.
The Houston Texans have fired coach and GM Bill O’Brien after starting the season winless through four games, per Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. O’Brien had entrenched himself into Houston as the coach and general manager, as he continued to get bailed out by DeShaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins on his way to a 52-48 regular season record and a 2-4 postseason record.
O’Brien has made plenty of mistakes in his seven-year tenure, but the one that will be most remembered is trading away Hopkins for David Johnson. Yes, they got a second-round pick as well, but this is a receiver at his prime, who is arguably the best receiver in football. And his absence has been obvious as the team has struggled to put up points this season, with an average of 20.2 per game, ranking them 27th in the league, while their average scoring margin is -11.5, ranking them 30th.
In the end, his advancement to the team’s GM position was his downfall. He was able to win power struggles numerous times, but it gave him too much control, and in the end, his obviously awful trade this offseason was the straw that broke the Texans back. There’s little doubt this team would have been more capable of competing with Hopkins in the fold and wins and losses are the only thing that truly matter in the final assessment.