Texans won’t hire an offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien to call plays

AP

In the coaching shuffle the Texans are going through, it appears one spot is going unfilled.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans aren’t going to hire an offensive coordinator to replace the fired George Godsey, and head coach Bill O’Brien will call the plays next year.

They’re also shifting wide receivers coach Sean Ryan to quarterbacks coach, giving them a different voice for a group of passers who have underwhelmed. They’re sort of stuck with Brock Osweiler for another year, even though O’Brien has held off on ordaining the expensive free agent the starter for 2017.

The Texans have previously shifted defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to an assistant head coach role so they can hang onto Mike Vrabel by making him the coordinator.

But this moves puts a lot more pressure on O’Brien to change what has become a perennial 9-7 team which is held back by mediocre-to-poor quarterback play — more than was already there.

22 responses to “Texans won’t hire an offensive coordinator, Bill O’Brien to call plays

  1. I could see a trade for Jimmy Garopolo. He’d still be cheap for the 2017 season which is also the last year of JG’s rookie contract.

    I have to think that Romo and Garopolo are the two best options for QB needy teams. Crazy to think of Eastern Illinois as QBU. HA!

  2. The Texans really need a vet to show Osweiler how to QB and bounce ideas off of. Doesn’t seem the type to figure things out on his own.

  3. Mistake.

    The offense needs an advocate to the HC about what’s going on with it. HC has a million things going and it’s easy to miss things.

    McCarthy tried not having a WR coach and that unit suffered. First thing he did was hire one then. You need an advocate for position groups to the coaching staff.

  4. Can’t help but feel O’Brien staying with Osweiler over Savage was a message to Rick Smith. Anyone taking shots at O’Brien for that team’s performance is aiming at the wrong office. If they had a real NFL QB that team would be a force in the AFC instead of just in the AFCS.

  5. This is a lot like how it was in New England back in 2009 and 2010. O’Brien was the defacto OC but his official title was WR Coach. It wasn’t until Bill’s final season in NE (2011 a SB season) that he actually got the title OC. Same with Matt Patricia. Matt was the defacto DC from 2009 up to now but he didn’t get the “official” title of DC until 2012.

  6. tindeaux says:
    Jan 18, 2017 12:29 PM
    the defense was good enough to beat the pats, but osweller???? speechless!!!

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    Defense gave up 27 points. Not good enough.

  7. Della Street says:
    Jan 18, 2017 12:46 PM

    tindeaux says:
    Jan 18, 2017 12:29 PM
    the defense was good enough to beat the pats, but osweller???? speechless!!!

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    Defense gave up 27 points. Not good enough.

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    Offense turned the ball over a few times and went 3 and out other times.
    If you constantly hand Brady the ball on the 50 yard line, he’s going to put up big numbers.

  8. I believe they call this “rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic”.

    If this is O’Brien’s idea of the type of bold moves necessary to take this team to the next level, I have a feeling that there will be someone else in charge of that in 2018.

  9. omegalh says:

    The Texans really need a vet to show Osweiler how to QB and bounce ideas off of.
    ==================================

    He had one of the best to learn from. I believe his well known arrogance hindered his learning.

  10. intrafinesse says:
    Jan 18, 2017 1:02 PM
    Della Street says:
    Jan 18, 2017 12:46 PM

    tindeaux says:
    Jan 18, 2017 12:29 PM
    the defense was good enough to beat the pats, but osweller???? speechless!!!

    _____________________

    Defense gave up 27 points. Not good enough.

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    Offense turned the ball over a few times and went 3 and out other times.
    If you constantly hand Brady the ball on the 50 yard line, he’s going to put up big numbers.

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    Patriots defense held up despite Brady turning the ball over few times. The Texans secondary was porous and was not good enough.

  11. Sounds like O’Brien couldn’t reach an agreement to be released from Houston as head coach and will just crater the thing himself and get fired.

    Kinda funny how this guy lasts a few years at each stop.

  12. I think even with Alex Smith, the Texans win that playoff game. All they needed was someone that could play even average and didnt throw INTs from left to right.

  13. I think the smart move will be a true and full quarterback competition in training camp and preseason. If that’s the case then Savage probably wins it and the team does better. The guy played less than two full games but was clearly a better leader of that offense than Osweiler.

    As for how close they were to beating the Patriots – they weren’t. They didn’t lose because of QB play. They lost because even on an off night the Patriots are a much better team than they are.

  14. “As for how close they were to beating the Patriots – they weren’t. They didn’t lose because of QB play. They lost because even on an off night the Patriots are a much better team than they are.”

    They were down a touchdown in the 4th quarter before Osweller did his thing. I’d call that “pretty close”. The Patriots are a better team, no doubt, but with competent QB play, the Texans probably do win that game.

  15. TheDPR says:
    Jan 18, 2017 2:43 PM

    As for how close they were to beating the Patriots – they weren’t. They didn’t lose because of QB play. They lost because even on an off night the Patriots are a much better team than they are.

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    Clueless. Their “off night” was caused by the Texans’ defense. Even Brady said so. They lost because their QB had been terrible when they needed it most, just as he had done the entire season.

  16. The Texans really need a vet to show Osweiler how to QB and bounce ideas off of. Doesn’t seem the type to figure things out on his own.

    A “vet” to “show”. At 72mil, there is no time or room to show a “professional”. You show a rookie you got in the 3rd round. He was paid to come in and make an impact. He has been in the league long enough to know. He doesn’t have what it takes to be an average, NFL QB. Mechanics are off, the speed of the game overwhelms him. These were the same issues he had coming out of college. Read the reports… If he couldn’t fix this in 4 seasons as a back up. How do he accomplish it as a starter, while trying to learn defenses, his own offense, read schemes, ect?

  17. A “vet” to “show”. At 72mil, there is no time or room to show a “professional”. You show a rookie you got in the 3rd round. He was paid to come in and make an impact. He has been in the league long enough to know. He doesn’t have what it takes to be an average, NFL QB. Mechanics are off, the speed of the game overwhelms him. These were the same issues he had coming out of college. Read the reports… If he couldn’t fix this in 4 seasons as a back up. How do he accomplish it as a starter, while trying to learn defenses, his own offense, read schemes, ect?

  18. How is O’Brian calling plays a good idea? Os was horrible but some blame lies on the play calling, I’ve seen more complicated schemes is some high school programs. The red zone proficiency alone, was enough to get most coaches or coordinators fired.

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