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Texans owner says other candidates will interview next week

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Penn State coach Bill O’Brien may be the favorite to become the next head coach of the Houston Texans, but the team still plans to conduct more interviews next week.

That’s the word from Texans owner Bob McNair, who told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that he has more interviews scheduled with head coaching candidates.

“The process continues. We have other interviews scheduled next week. It isn’t over,” McNair told McClain.

At least one of those interviews is expected to be with former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Under NFL rules, Whisenhunt, who is now the Chargers’ offensive coordinator, can’t interview for the Texans job until the Chargers’ regular season is over.

In addition to their interest in O’Brien, the Texans have already interviewed former Bears coach Lovie Smith, as well as their own interim head coach, Wade Phillips.

For his part, O’Brien reportedly told recruits today, after ESPN reported that he was the overwhelming favorite to get the Texans job, that he is staying at Penn State. Of course, college coaches routinely tell recruits they’re not going anywhere, right up until the day they leave, so that doesn’t necessarily mean much of anything.

What we know for sure is that the Texans are currently the only NFL team with a head-coaching vacancy, but multiple other teams will join them within the next 48 hours. By firing Gary Kubiak during the season, the Texans got to start interviewing coaching candidates early. But they’re not done interviewing yet.

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29 Responses to “Texans owner says other candidates will interview next week”
  1. andygraham says: Dec 28, 2013 8:10 PM


  2. fissels says: Dec 28, 2013 8:10 PM

    Lovie would be a smart choice

  3. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 28, 2013 8:10 PM

    2012 will be as good as it gets for the Texans. It’s only downhill from here.

  4. tubbman27 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:10 PM

    My favorite game of the year, which loser retread gets another chance. Lovie? Whiz? Mularkey? Del Rio? Hey what about Marty Schottenheimer or Norv Turner?

  5. baller2 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    So lovie is the sole minority candidate this year? Wow I’m surprised

  6. aosplayo says: Dec 28, 2013 8:17 PM

    Recruit Tom Holley said he spoke to Obrien tonight and was told he’d be back for what thats worth.

    I love BOB and hope he stays for the Hackenberg era before going to the NFL, but won’t be mad at him if he goes. He has done as well a job as anyone could have given the circumstances.

    Gut feeling I don’t see him leaving, especially with the rumors of sanctions being lifted after the bowl season.

  7. proBirdie says: Dec 28, 2013 8:23 PM

    andygraham says: Dec 28, 2013 8:10 PM



    “the Texans have already interviewed former Bears coach Lovie Smith”

  8. abninf says: Dec 28, 2013 8:24 PM

    Bad time to need a new HC. There aren’t really any great ones out there.

  9. kev86 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    Coughlin went from JAX to NYG and won two rings. Too bad Houston is an expansion teAm itself.

  10. jacunn2000 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:30 PM

    I think they should hire Jim Zorn. This way Gary Kubiaks old barber would still have a job…

  11. htowntexan says: Dec 28, 2013 8:35 PM

    Typical texans. These idiots don’t even know how to work the clock when they have a FIVE WEEK head start. Ever day that passes, I think the problem starts more and more with the owner.

  12. benrob99 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:55 PM

    He gone.

  13. craniator says: Dec 28, 2013 9:01 PM

    I like Mike Mularkey , and while I certainly respect that he’s a fine offensive mind , like Mike Nolan , he just doesn’t seem cut out for a head coaching gig. I do like Lovie Smith , though — as long as you make sure you have a high powered offensive coordinator in place (in other words , NOT like the Jets) , you should be fine.

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 28, 2013 9:02 PM

    He’d be crazy not to hire lane kiffin.

  15. craniator says: Dec 28, 2013 9:06 PM

    @htowntexan: Hey , it could be worse ; you could have an owner force a QB down the coaching staff’s throat the way the Adams regime forced Vince Young on Jeff Fisher. I’m not saying McNair’s perfect , but he’s been generally pretty patient , from what I’ve seen . . . unlike a certain fellow who owns the NFL team up in D.C.

  16. thefiesty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:17 PM

    Mack Brown still hasn’t agreed to his new contract as Special assistant to the President at UT and is not happy with the offer as of now.

  17. rubenxx7 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:35 PM

    sign sealed and delivered. wish detroit shot at obrien.

  18. texanfan62 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:11 PM

    The Steelers have seen their better days. Their DONE!

  19. texanfan62 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:13 PM

    Yea. McNair is the Problem. Starting to believe that too. Too Much Indecision on his part. And SCARED!

  20. anpsteel says: Dec 28, 2013 10:30 PM


  21. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:44 PM

    Surprised they don’t want Smith with the defensive players they have in place.

  22. kst2074 says: Dec 28, 2013 11:13 PM

    Dan Snyder might outbid everybody

  23. t8ertot says: Dec 29, 2013 12:06 AM

    Please don’t take Zimmer

  24. myvickinabox says: Dec 29, 2013 1:16 AM

    Texans can take all the time they need with their head start. They have what will almost certainly be the best position of all teams looking for coaches; good base roster, great draft, patient owner, good facilities/weather, no state tax, soft sports media market.

    Texans should be able to have their pick of coach and would be foolish to grab one while so many candidates are off limits until their seasons end.

  25. toeknee2toes says: Dec 29, 2013 2:25 AM

    This is a great team and great opportunity for whatever coach they bring in. The defense and offense has a great core with really only big need is a qb. That’s great for a new head coach it throws out the whole bad sysytem for qb.

  26. billh1947 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:50 AM

    If they wait a few days Jim Shwartz will become available,he is a Texan and former Houston defensive coach,a perfect match.

  27. kwjsb says: Dec 29, 2013 9:42 AM

    I think Eric Mangini needs second chance, No GM stuff, it overwhelmed him, but he was an excellent game planner in Cleveland.

  28. aldante66 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:28 AM

    Schwartz is the guy. If he can’t turn that team into an almost made the playoffs this year team, no one can. Juast give him a bunch of first round picks to get the salary up first.

  29. billh1947 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:40 AM

    I agree,Schwartz is the guy to lead this team,he will leave the stigma and curse of a Ford owned team behind him for others to fail coaching it while he goes on to huge success in Houston.

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