Texans extend O’Brien, hire Gaine

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Deshaun Watson has gotten his wish.

The rookie quarterback wanted coach Bill O’Brien to stay, and stay he will. Via multiple reports, O’Brien has a four-year extension. Coupled with the five-year deal given to new G.M. Brian Gaine, both are signed through 2022.

There had been scuttlebutt that O’Brien wouldn’t sign an extension unless Gaine gets the G.M. job. The joint leak/announcement of the two contracts does nothing to contradict that perception.

Regardless, with O’Brien staying and Gaine arriving and the Texans having a young franchise quarterback and a solid defense, the Texans could soon be playing in the divisional round, and possibly beyond.

A year ago, some believed O’Brien wanted out. Last month, renewed reports emerged of a bad relationship between O’Brien and former G.M. Rick Smith. With Smith taking a family-related leave of absence, O’Brien is now entrenched; if/when Smith returns to the team, his relationship with O’Brien (whatever is may have been) will likely not be an issue.

21 responses to “Texans extend O’Brien, hire Gaine

  1. Good for the Texans. O’Brien has been limited by the previous GM who shoved Osweiller down his throat without allowing BOB to even speak with much less meet with him before the signing. Texans will be dangerous at the start of next season when they’re healthy.

  2. Smith may have chosen Osweiler, but O’Brien put his stock in Hoyer and Mallett. He isn’t infallible.

  3. It’s funny how some teams just love to suck. At least with Josh the Broncos got rid of him sooner than later. And now the Texas paid the Broncos to have Brock as their backup. And paid the Browns to take him in the first place. I don’t see this long term contact ending well nor the ownership having a clue ala the Browns

  4. Smart decision by Texan’s owner. Billy is an excellent coach and talent. He was smart to have his say in GM selection and contract link. Continuity is important. QB driven league and the loss of Deshaun Watson hurt their program. They need a top back up QB insurance policy, draft, trade or free agency.

  5. O’Brien did a great job with Watson. They need to keep that momentum going.

    The Texans really can’t count on Watt. At this point, the book is written and he is an injury waiting to happen. Merciless should be fine and Clowney is a player. They should have found a way to keep Bouye and now have to get help in the backfield. There is no reason the Texans shouldn’t be the third best team in the AFC and go up from there after Brady finally move on in NE.

  6. sopadegato says:
    January 13, 2018 at 11:30 am
    Smith may have chosen Osweiler, but O’Brien put his stock in Hoyer and Mallett.
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    Uh, who else did he have to choose from? These are the QB’s the GM gave him to work with.

  7. pastabelly says:
    January 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    O’Brien did a great job with Watson. They need to keep that momentum going.

    The Texans really can’t count on Watt. At this point, the book is written and he is an injury waiting to happen. Merciless should be fine and Clowney is a player.
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    I agree!! Watt is a question mark going forward. If he stays reasonably healthy he’ll help but the defense needs to center around Clowney, Mercilus and some of the other young talent that surfaced this year. Finding a replacement for Kareem Jackson would help too.

    The Texans have been consistently good at keeping us guessing/hoping for 15 plus years. Maybe 2018 will be different.

  8. darthobama says:

    Texans going worst to first…
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    With a quarterback made of glass.

  9. Brian Gaine was director of college scouting for the Texans when they brought in talents like Xavier Sua’Filo and Louis Nix III. He also was director of player personnel as part of the team that brought in Jeff Allen (28M), Lamar Miller (28M) and “You-know-who (72M).” Pretty much the only good thing about this hire is that Bill O’Brien got to basically hand-pick his candidate so hopefully they won’t have a toxic relationship like they had under Smith.

    Rick Smith is an underrated GM. Sure, his free agency acquisitions have been mostly awful (let’s not forget Jonathan Joseph though), but the most important thing a GM does is make the first round draft pick, and Smith has hit every single one except his very first (Amobi Okoye. Also, jury is still out on Kevin Johnson). He managed to sign Watt to a very team-friendly contract, and I liked the contract he gave Hopkins too. Whitney Mercilus is one of the most underpaid players in the league, credit to Smith there for recognizing his imminent breakout and signing him before he did it.

    Smith>Gaine

  10. Thanks to his clock mismanagement, the Texans lost the Pats and Seahawks games; two games they had chances to win. In both instances, instead of calling a timeout to give his offense better third downs options, he rushed pathetic plays out that led to FGs on fourth down. In both instances, NE and Seattle scored winning TDs.

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