Bill Kollar is the last link to the Gary Kubiak era on the Texans coaching staff.
The Texans confirmed Tuesday that new coach Bill O’Brien has decided to keep Kollar as defensive line coach and let go of the other 16 coaches from Kubiak’s final staff in Houston. It’s been widely reported that the Texans were moving in that direction, with former defensive coordinator and interim head coach Wade Phillips already letting the Texans know that he won’t be needing a suite for the 2014 season.
“I commend and thank all the coaches who worked for the Texans prior to my arrival,” O’Brien said in a statement from the team. “Many of them played a large role in taking this franchise to the playoffs for the first time ever and will remain a part of the history here. I wish all of them well in their future endeavors.”
In addition to Phillips, the Texans have said goodbye to Perry Carter (assistant defensive backs), Rick Dennison (offensive coordinator), Karl Dorrell (quarterbacks), Dan Hammerschmidt (offensive assistant), Chick Harris (running backs), Reggie Herring (linebackers), Vance Joseph (defensive backs), Bobby King (assistant linebackers), Larry Kirksey (wide receivers), Marc Lubick (assistant wide receivers), Brian Pariani (tight ends), Jim Ryan (assistant offensive line), Matt Schiotz (assistant strength and conditioning), Cedric Smith (head strength and conditioning) and Jeff Zgonina (assistant defensive line).