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Bill O’Brien expected to add several Penn State assistants to Houston staff


Texans coach Bill O’Brien has bid farewell to the majority of the members of the Texans’ 2013 coaching staff and it looks like he’ll be replacing many of them with coaches who worked with him at Penn State.

A Penn State spokesman announced Monday that five members of O’Brien’s final staff at the school resigned on Monday.┬áDefensive coordinator John Butler, strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and safeties coach Anthony Midget are all expected to be part of O’Brien’s first staff in Houston although there’s been no confirmation from the Texans about whether they’ll be part of the staff or what role they’ll fill.

Travis Johnson of the Centre Daily Times reports that special assistant to the head coach Jim Bernhardt and strength and conditioning coaches Dwight Galt IV and Sean Hayes are also leaving their posts. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports Bernhardt will be on O’Brien’s staff and that the Texans will also hire University of Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz.

Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Bill Kollar was not let go along with the other Texans assistants and O’Brien reportedly wants to hire Romeo Crennel to be his defensive coordinator.

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9 Responses to “Bill O’Brien expected to add several Penn State assistants to Houston staff”
  1. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 7, 2014 9:33 AM

    I’d ask if that was the best photo you could find, but the answer is probably yes.

  2. realnflmaster says: Jan 7, 2014 10:12 AM

    1-15 next season.

  3. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jan 7, 2014 10:32 AM

    Romeo Crennel? The same guy whose former team just went from one of the worst to a possible superbowl contender all in one season? This is the only thing I hate about the Bill Belichick tree. They all love each other and they all suck without BB.

  4. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 7, 2014 10:36 AM

    I watched my beloved Gophers beat Penn State 24-10 this year. At no point did I think that the Penn State coaching staff belonged in the NFL.

  5. investwax says: Jan 7, 2014 11:28 AM

    Didn’t the Txans owner say he would only consider a coach with extensive NFL experience? Does O’Brien have incriminating photos ro something?

  6. htown1035 says: Jan 7, 2014 11:54 AM

    McNair said he wanted a coach with NFL experience and head coaching experience – both O’Brien has.

    And for him to finish 7-5 with a bunch of scrubs and non-scholarship players at Penn State is unbelievable, especially when no player wanted to go there.

  7. jimjets says: Jan 7, 2014 12:09 PM

    O’brien to new staff

    remember what the hoodie taught us

    mumble, look at the ground and repeat

    “they made more plays then we did”

  8. djshnooks says: Jan 7, 2014 4:49 PM

    Does the sign behind him say, “We Are The Texans,” like “We Are Penn State?”


  9. forsbergler says: Jan 7, 2014 5:03 PM

    I really feel bad for the texans, Kibiak was a great couch and they just punted him to bring in this bum. Unless he brought Ernie Adams with him, This franchise is doomed for the next 2 years.

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