Report: Bill O’Brien likely to remain with Texans

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This week brought more discussion about a poor working relationship between Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and General Manager Rick Smith as the team nears the end of a losing season.

That comes after much speculation about O’Brien’s future in Houston as he’s finishing the fourth year of the five-year deal he signed with the team in 2014. O’Brien has said he won’t quit and would coach next year without an extension, but there’s been no word from the team about their plans.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that O’Brien, who has gotten endorsements from quarterback Deshaun Watson and other Texans players, is likely to remain in Houston. He adds that there are issues to work out regarding his contract, which suggests it’s possible things may yet fall apart due to the extension issue.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media also reports that the Texans want to retain O’Brien and that they could rework the football operations side by giving O’Brien more of a say in personnel while bumping Smith to a different role.

22 responses to “Report: Bill O’Brien likely to remain with Texans

  1. From the moment that gm brought in Osweiler without allowing O’Brien to meet or even speak with him first that relationship went steadily downhill. BOB is a good solid coach

  2. I live in Houston and this will be an unpopular choice. Many fans want to start with a clean slate. The QB whisperer has failed to really improve any QB he’s had. Watson was already good so people attributing his success to OB are mistaken. His play calling has been suspect for years. He’s had talented WR and lineman and hasn’t done anything with them.

  3. sportzfan says:
    December 31, 2017 at 9:11 am
    I live in Houston and this will be an unpopular choice. Many fans want to start with a clean slate. The QB whisperer has failed to really improve any QB he’s had. Watson was already good so people attributing his success to OB are mistaken. His play calling has been suspect for years. He’s had talented WR and lineman and hasn’t done anything with them.

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    Sounds like there are a lot of fans in Houston that don’t know much about football. He has had no QB for years and still that team has always been close to being a playoff team. Once he finally got a QB worth a damn, they were flourishing. Teams that constantly change coaches are rarely successful.

  4. He seems like a decent coach with terrible decision making skills.

    I mean it’s ironic that he only gets to keep his job because Savage flamed out so spectacularly that he had to bring in Watons ni week 1 who was clearly game ready and looked like a top QB by week 3.

    If Savage was a decent QB, Texans probably go 5-11 and Bill gets fired easily at season end.

  5. O’Brien has been a decent HC, and with Watson, Watt, and Mercilus back next season (and hopefully staying reasonably healthy for them), and a good draft position, they likely want to give him another year to see what happens.
    Not a good situation to have the GM and HC at odds, though…

  6. I disagree with the popular sentiment here. This is not a great coach–way too conservative (he seems to love punting, especially when the Texans are on the other team’s side of the field) and he insisted on starting Savage Week 1 (and costing the team a W) which was misguided. For all the praise he’s received re: Watson’s success, the team went just 3-3 while he was the starting QB. If you think O’Brien is so great, look no further than how much better Penn State has been since he left….

  7. Texans badly need starter help on the O line; and at least one very good corner – Joseph is good but not quite what he once was. A TE that can stay healthy would be a big help as well.
    Not much help from the draft so that means FA which means salary cap management, which is where Smith could be important.
    Several big decisions coming up. What do they spend to for Joseph? Do they keep Cushing and at what price? They need a competent BU QB, this bottom of the barrel stuff ain’t cutting it . And Clowney’s going to want big money soon.
    I think O’Brien has done very will with what he’s had to work with, but he hasn’t had much competition in the division and that’s changed. Give him at least a couple more years and see what he can do with a roster more of his own choosing.

  8. This is the right move. The offense was the best in the league when Watson was starting and the next best team wasn’t particularly close at that point. Watson put up stats in 6 games that some quarterbacks still haven’t reached through 15 weeks.
    O’Brien has one year left on his contract so he should finish it out and see how the year goes before extending him. If the team is bad, you let him walk. If the team is as good as we think it can be, you extend him.
    Now onto the real problem, Rick Smith. He has to go. It’s way past time. He continually does a poor job that’s somehow overshadowed by a few good picks. He’s good in the first round and with unstaffed free agents, but in rounds 2-7 his track record is terrible. That’s why this team has no depth. He’s the problem and should be fired immediately.

  9. pemory says:
    December 31, 2017 at 10:23 am

    If you think O’Brien is so great, look no further than how much better Penn State has been since he left….
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    If you think comparing what Penn State has done post sanction with what it did when O’Brien was there is a reasonable argument then there is no reason to your argument.

  10. BOB was put in a horrible position @ Penn State. Those Paterno freaks really made for a toxic situation. Joe Paterno DESERVED to be fired for what he covered up and had he lived, he would have done jail time like Curly,Spanier, and Shultz.

  11. I live in Houston too and keeping OB is the right choice. Yes he has made questionable decisions on the field, but I like the way he was coaching Watson and most of the other aspects of the team( O LINE AND SECONDARY) were not OB’s fault. Smith failed to address both during last offseason, especially with lots of Cap Money to play with.RICK SMITH HAS TO GO, PERIOD!!!

  12. Attributing watson success to Obrien is a disservice to watson. Obrien had two qbs before watson and both of those guys failed. Watson succeeded because watson is good. Obrien should learn that the coach does not get to pick the Gm–doesn’t work that way. Obrien should go and maybe the the gm. But if the Gm is judged on the draft, then the team has done quite well and maybe found a qb which everyone knows is essential.

  13. Deshaun Watson gives his ok the Same Deshaun Watson that is a 7 game veteran.. lol…. probably going to be more of an RG3 than Bret Farve or Peyton Manning lol…. Bill handled him well let him run the Clemson read option lol… then he can’t make it out of practice without hurting himself just before the defensive coordinators shut him down 19 td 9 ints and a 3-4 record lol…… Smith we know isn’t going anyhwhere he is the godfather to Bobs boy kid… FAMILY!!!! once a water boy always a water boy but he will eventually get his

  14. If your starting quarterback, Watson, was playing well with this head coach and endorses him for next year, you do NOT want to rock the boat. Next year is the time for the pair to let it rip!

    Keep O’Brien!

  15. Bill might do better if he wasn’t trying to wear so many hats. Get an OC and a kid with a watch to stand beside him and keep him aware of the clock!Let’s not forget we HAD Case Keenum, University of Houston product, still hods NCAA passing records and Bill let him go. What!Because he wasn’t a tall pocket passer, well neither is Watson!

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