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Signs accumulating that Texans “closing in” on O’Brien


While it’s short of what you might call a traditional “report,” the strongest indication to date that the Texans are about to get their man has surfaced.

Longtime Houston Chronicle writer John McClain just tweeted a vaguely cryptic missive which indicates that it’s close, if not all the way in the bag.

“Teams who fired coaches might be checking on Bill O’Brien and find out he’s closing in on a new job in Houston,” McClain wrote.

There are a few layers of conditionals in that 140-character message, but it dovetails with previous reports that O’Brien is the favorite for the job, and the Texans urgency to fire Gary Kubiak before the season ended so they didn’t have to compete for the guy they had their hearts set on.

While some teams have yet to declare what they intend to do with their existing coaches, the Texans might be getting closer to filling their vacancy.

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17 Responses to “Signs accumulating that Texans “closing in” on O’Brien”
  1. eatitfanboy says: Dec 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    O’Brien to Houston, Schiano to Penn State.

  2. jhorton83 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:09 PM

    That’s actually not cryptic. At all.

  3. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Dec 30, 2013 4:29 PM

    Just like Sandusky, O’Brien is about to rhythmically slap Penn State fans.

  4. boobschannel says: Dec 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    belichick tree does not have the best track record. glad the vikings aren’t in play for him. seems like a crap shoot.

  5. afterthesecrowdedstreets says: Dec 30, 2013 4:42 PM

    Have fun losing the AFC south to Luck and Indianapolis for the next decade.

  6. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Dec 30, 2013 4:43 PM



    He’s like a Wade Phillips who actually can HC. Only thing he needs is a good OC and I heard he has one.

  7. afterthesecrowdedstreets says: Dec 30, 2013 4:51 PM



    He’s like a Wade Phillips who actually can HC. Only thing he needs is a good OC and I heard he has one.”

    ….says GrossmanDaSexCannon.

    Sorry to be a burden to your largely illogical thinking, but are you aware that Lovie’s style of defense makes zero sense with all of Phillips’ current personnel, some of whom are very good (Watt!?)

  8. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 30, 2013 4:51 PM

    Please let this be true so Detroit doesn’t even consider this guy.

  9. raiderapologist says: Dec 30, 2013 5:05 PM


  10. ravenswhat says: Dec 30, 2013 5:06 PM

    This guy will be right back in college within 2 years.

  11. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 30, 2013 5:08 PM

    Hiring O’brien to an NFL HC position has very little to do with football. If you believe NFL owners aren’t colluding with each other and the NCAA, you are not paying attention.

  12. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 30, 2013 5:21 PM

    What about the Roomey Rule?

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 30, 2013 6:51 PM

    The only past-belichick employee worth signing is the cameraman.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 30, 2013 7:56 PM

    Hard to believe that two wins against Wisconsin would create such a stir in the NFL for a coach that benefitted from a horrible non-conference schedule and a weak Big 10.
    While O’Brien is a brilliant offensive mind, his neglect for building a defense didn’t go unnoticed by the Penn State faithful.
    Greg Schanio will be a welcomed replacement.

  15. wreckintexin says: Dec 30, 2013 8:02 PM

    who the hell is bill obrien?? sone guy that carried tom bradys jock strap around for a year and what else? i must be missing the appeal.

  16. blazertop says: Dec 30, 2013 9:36 PM

    Does it really matter? Bob just wants a YES man like Kubiak. Perennial 8-8 team for years to come.

  17. atclav says: Dec 31, 2013 10:54 PM

    How do these young coaches that win nothing get hired. Lovie is not a good fit for Houston. Bill O’Brian should stay at Penn State and develop as a coach. He took a program with no expectations and won a few games. That is all.

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