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. Defensive 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.