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Bill O’Brien says he’ll be back

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien has opted for something more definitive and less philosophical regarding his future with the team.

“I’ll be back next season, I’ll be the Texans head coach,” O’Brien told reporters after Saturday’s 34-16 loss to the Patriots. “I’ll be back next season, like I said, I have a five-year contract. This was year three, and like I’ve also said, I need to do a better job. You know, I think we have a good football team. And overall, we need to do a better job, especially on offense. So, I am going to work hard to try to get that improved this offseason.

O’Brien then was asked about the fact that stories of his potential departure have lingered even after owner Bob McNair said O’Brien wouldn’t be fired.

“I don’t know. I really am just tired of answering it. You know, you can’t even have a sense of humor about it,” O’Brien said, likely in reference to his wife’s question regarding where they’ll be living next year. “You have a sense of humor about it, people run with that. I’m going to be the head coach of the Houston Texans. I’m looking forward to working this offseason to improve the team. I really enjoy coaching this team. I have a lot of great feelings about the guys that I coach in that locker room. You know, the Cushings and the Duane Browns, all those guys. Lamar Miller, C.J. Fiedorowicz, [Ryan] Griffin. You know, all the guys on defense, Kareem [Jackson] and Jonathan Joseph. Whitney [Mercilus], JD [Jadeveon Clowney], I mean, I could name the whole roster. And I’m looking forward to coming back and coaching those guys.”

And so that’s the end of it. Unless it isn’t. If it isn’t, it’s a change that will happen soon.

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39 Responses to “Bill O’Brien says he’ll be back”
  1. SouthStander says: Jan 15, 2017 1:56 AM

    The Texans won’t be back – in the playoffs, that is.

  2. SouthTexasRaider says: Jan 15, 2017 2:17 AM

    They will have the highest paid backup next season, only if Romo goes somewhere else. They should have put Savage in at some point of the 2nd half.

  3. bencoates57 says: Jan 15, 2017 2:21 AM

    I read this article. .. unless I didn’t.

  4. u4icgroov says: Jan 15, 2017 2:51 AM

    You can read a whole lot into an make something out of nothing in every article. It is funny however, when he was running down the roster of players he enjoyed coaching, he didn’t name his starting QB (according to reports) that he didn’t want. Osweiler’s contract is going to be hanging over his head whether he is the starting QB next season or not. $18 million a year for 366 yards 2 TDs and 3 INTs total over 2 playoff games is rather telling.

  5. overthedwaynebowe says: Jan 15, 2017 2:58 AM

    You’re not the problem Bill…it’s Brock who needs to leave..

  6. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jan 15, 2017 3:05 AM

    All he needs is a QB….

  7. theseekeroffun says: Jan 15, 2017 3:17 AM

    Get a real QB!

  8. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says: Jan 15, 2017 3:17 AM

    No dog in this fight, but from an outsider perspective, it doesn’t seem like O’Brien is the problem.

    That would be #17, and Rick Smith for signing him to that ridiculous of a contract.

    If Watt comes back healthy, this team could be scary good.

  9. eljefedelmundo says: Jan 15, 2017 3:41 AM

    Losing a playoff game to the Patsies shouldnt be a fireable offence

    Unless it becomes a habit..

  10. ihavepriors says: Jan 15, 2017 5:10 AM

    Translation: “you know, I just, you know, well, you know?”

    Great communicator. Somebody teach this guy to speak, you know?

  11. johnniemayes says: Jan 15, 2017 5:55 AM

    McNair plans on firing O’Brien and Osweiler at the same time, after Brock can be cut with minimal salary cap implications.

  12. mzew233 says: Jan 15, 2017 6:03 AM

    you weren’t going to beat the pats

  13. smartdevildog6 says: Jan 15, 2017 6:12 AM

    If he had virtually any other Qb they could have had a chance this year. Brock needs to go

  14. The Truth says: Jan 15, 2017 6:12 AM

    The day Romo’s free O’Brien should be waiting outside his door. Texans win that game last night with Romo

  15. knowspinzone says: Jan 15, 2017 7:06 AM

    Rightfully the “great feelings” don’t extend to Brockoli.

  16. therealtrenches says: Jan 15, 2017 7:28 AM

    Funny how the name “Brock” didn’t just roll off the quarterback whisperer’s lips while he was rattling off a few names of guys about whom he has “great feelings.”

  17. zigwood says: Jan 15, 2017 7:29 AM

    Perhaps the one name he did not say speaks volumes (Brock)…although perhaps he was only speaking about the defense.

  18. bassplucker says: Jan 15, 2017 7:37 AM

    After last night I have to wonder if his job security will be contingent on upgrading the offensive coaching staff. On the other hand when your QB can’t throw and your WRs can’t catch, there’s only so much that coaching can do.

  19. 6ball says: Jan 15, 2017 7:56 AM

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    Houston is stacked on defense. They have a solid front seven and one of the better secondaries in the league. Perhaps, if Obrien has the entire offseason to work with Osweiler, he can coach him up. Let’s not forget that Osweiler is still not much more than a glorified rookie in playing time. There’s certainly room for improvement.
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  20. logast says: Jan 15, 2017 8:35 AM

    Give the man a break already! He’s done decent as the Texans’ coach. He’s done far better than Capers and Kubiak (not counting Wade Phillips’ short stint).

    They have a great defense. Fix the QB issue and get consistency within the offense and they will be back in it next year.

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2017 9:01 AM

    If they get him a real QB the Texans will be a real threat to the rest of the AFC and easily win their division again.

  22. jag1959 says: Jan 15, 2017 9:29 AM

    The Truth says:
    Jan 15, 2017 6:12 AM
    The day Romo’s free O’Brien should be waiting outside his door. Texans win that game last night with Romo
    ________________

    Romo staying in one piece is a bad bet

  23. maust1013 says: Jan 15, 2017 9:36 AM

    Have to think there was a message sent to Rick Smith in O’Brien not going to Savage. As in “For the love God, get us a QB!”

  24. 4sacroc says: Jan 15, 2017 9:57 AM

    That team is unwatchable.

    Still.

  25. patriots123456 says: Jan 15, 2017 10:03 AM

    Why would you even think of firing a coach who gets you to the second round in the playoffs with such a poor QB performance?

    Also take into consideration that this is really his QBs first full starting season. I don’t like Brock and I think he is way overpaid, but it really is his first full time starting season.

    I have a lot of respect for Houston, a few offensive fixes and they are right in the hunt IMO.

  26. throwingmyredflag says: Jan 15, 2017 10:18 AM

    Glad he’s staying with them. They are getting better, and gave the Pats a serious contest for most of the game. Everyone knows the broken part. Hope they can fix it well enough to give this D a real chance next year.

  27. ashes2ashesfun2funky says: Jan 15, 2017 10:40 AM

    They’ll be back in the playoffs, but Osweiler has to be among the worst QB’s I have seen in the last 30 years of watching football.

    No touch on short passes and his accuracy is RG3 like. For 72 million and the results delivered, Rick Smith needs to be fired!

  28. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says: Jan 15, 2017 10:51 AM

    AFC South Championship coach, on his way to Canton! 🙂

  29. theandy59 says: Jan 15, 2017 11:45 AM

    Denver, Baltimore, and Chicago have proven that you can win championships with a dominant defense and a below average offense. I think Houstons D is not quite dominant yet, but they’re close. Add a healthy Watt, another quality CB, and a top echelon safety and you’ve got a championship caliber defense. I’d be more focused on that rather than fixing the offense. Build on your strengths, minimize your weakness. Better depth on defense would help. You need a game manager QB, maybe a little more threat of explosiveness at RB, but really just a better sense of ball security’s the QB position.

  30. joewashu says: Jan 15, 2017 12:16 PM

    [bquote=[user=theandy59]]
    Denver, Baltimore, and Chicago have proven that you can win championships with a dominant defense and a below average offense
    [/bquote]
    If you call the 85 Bears Offense below average, fair. I was 1 year old and most film I’ve watched was of the D, and I haven’t reviewed the Offensive statistical numbers and rankings from 1985

    They had one of the greatest, if not the greatest, half-back in the history of the NFL in Sweetness. I would only argue Jim Brown was more dominant, maybe, Running the Rock

    Unless you are talking Lovie’s team that played in the SuperBowl XLI/2oo6 Bears. Which they won the North and the NFC, but didn’t quite get it done in Miami against Indy and Peyton.

    The Bears had the perfect personnel, healthy and motivated, to play Tampa 2 really well that season. Lovie was never able to get the right people at Safety and 3-Technique D-Tackle after that season. But that offense was pretty spotty at best — if Good Rex showed up, they were pretty fun to watch (Rex was NFC Offensive Player of the Month that September). When Bad Rex showed up, horrible.

    That MNF game against the Cardinals is Lesson #1 in how great Defense and Special Teams (Devin Hester, you are Ridiculous!) can bail out a pathetic Offense. Urlacher and Hester simply took that game over and refused to lose

  31. a1b24312 says: Jan 15, 2017 12:33 PM

    Back where?

  32. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 15, 2017 12:46 PM

    Romo is not going anywhere with his contract and salary cap hit. He will play out his contract and slide into obscurity. Jerrah loves him, but the continual kicking the can on the salary cap doomed him from playing for anybody but Jerry.

  33. mmack66 says: Jan 15, 2017 1:12 PM

    Tony Romo is not the answer to the quarterback needs of any team.

  34. rugolin says: Jan 15, 2017 1:19 PM

    Don’t fire the guy until you give him a real starting QB to play with. It is not his fault that someone else paid Osweiller 40 mill guaranteed money to have the worst performance of any starter in 2016. Now that person should be fired but like someone from the 49ers said we don’t fire owners.

  35. notjohnfrusciante says: Jan 15, 2017 1:52 PM

    logast says:
    Jan 15, 2017 8:35 AM
    Give the man a break already! He’s done decent as the Texans’ coach. He’s done far better than Capers and Kubiak (not counting Wade Phillips’ short stint).

    They have a great defense. Fix the QB issue and get consistency within the offense and they will be back in it next year.

    ———————————————————————————–

    As a native Houstonian, the revisionist history over Gary Kubiak’s time here never ceases to amaze me.

    The guy took over the worst team in the NFL in 2006. The AFC South became one of the best divisions in the league when an 8-8 Texans team still finished last in 2007 while the Colts, Jags, and Titans all made the playoffs. The furthest the team went under Kubiak was a divisional round beat down at the hands of the Patriots.

    Bill O’Brien took over a middle of the pack team that had a nightmare season in 2013 and had finished 2-14 after most of the players mailed it in after realizing Kubiak was done in Houston. The AFC South was, and still is the worst division in the NFL. O’Brien was shut out at home in his playoff debut. This year he moved on to the divisional round where they were promptly drilled by the Patriots.

    On what planet has O’Brien done “far better” as Texans HC than Gary Kubiak?

  36. whatwouldlombardido says: Jan 15, 2017 2:45 PM

    On what planet has O’Brien done “far better” as Texans HC than Gary Kubiak?

    It took Kubiak six seasons to get a winning record. BOB has done it every year.

    That said, Rick Smith needs to be fired. And let Osweiller ride the bench. Won’t happen though as McNair is ludicrously loyal to Smith. What a “Meh” franchise.

  37. Mike Klingensmith says: Jan 15, 2017 4:14 PM

    He didn’t mention Deandre Hopkins either? You guys might be reading into it too much.

  38. campcouch says: Jan 16, 2017 2:06 AM

    What makes him better than Kubiak was?

  39. htown1035 says: Jan 16, 2017 12:25 PM

    jag1959 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 9:29 AM

    The Truth says:
    Jan 15, 2017 6:12 AM
    The day Romo’s free O’Brien should be waiting outside his door. Texans win that game last night with Romo
    ________________

    Romo staying in one piece is a bad bet

    —————————-

    He’d still be a better option than what they have now. By far.

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