Bill O’Brien: Cal McNair “very clear” on what we need to grow

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The Texans fired General Manager Brian Gaine last week after he spent just over a year in the job in a move that head coach Bill O’Brien called a tough one for team chairman Cal McNair to make.

McNair said he made the move after “a thorough evaluation of our football operations” that included an evaluation of O’Brien.

“He was very clear with me on what we needed to do to grow as an organization,” O’Brien said on Monday, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a humble person, very good at articulating what he wants, his vision, the improvements he thinks needs to be made relative to the whole building. He’s not afraid to make tough decisions. He wants to win.”

O’Brien was asked about his relationship with Gaine after reports that the two men had a strained relationship. O’Brien said that he believes communication in the organization can always be better and also answered a question about the impression that he’s difficult to work with.

“I guess that would depend on who you ask,” O’Brien said. “I guess anytime you’re in a leadership position there are going to be a few people who don’t agree with you.”

The Texans have interviewed former Browns G.M. Ray Farmer and former Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew since dismissing Gaine. They have requested permission to interview Patriots exec Nick Caserio as well.

19 responses to “Bill O’Brien: Cal McNair “very clear” on what we need to grow

  1. Not many people are going to admit they are A-holes, but O’Brien came as close as anyone to admitting as much.

  2. They’re going to have to really step up big to get Caserio away from the Patriots. If I were Caserio I’d just stay with the Pats. He’s got a great thing going and I’m certain the Pats are taking good care of him so why mess up a good thing?

  3. Nobody in demand is going to want to inherit a coach rather than picking their own. And given his track record of not getting along with ANY of the GMs he has had, even O’Brien’s Patriot buddies are probably thinking that they could find somebody else to coach who they might actually enjoy working with.

  4. O’Brien is a good solid coach who had a couple years of injury riddled teams and then had Osweiler shoved down his throat by the GM at the time without even being allowed to speak with his new QB before the guy signed him. He’s gotten to the playoffs 4 years out of 5 or 6.

    Exactly who do you rocket scientists think he would be replaced with that would be any better? And no, Belichick is not coming even if Caserio is.

  5. Shouldn’t we have done a “thorough evaluation of football operations” after last season, before free agency and the draft?

    Texans had good opportunities cap wise and with some of their own free agents. Feels like a lost off-season.

  6. B O B has won exactly one playoff game. It was at home against a QB (Cook) in his first and only career start.

    He is 0-2 in his other 2 home playoff games losing 21-7 and 30-0.

    This guy makes his team worse on gameday. I’d rank him a solid 32 of 32 at head coach now that Hugh Jackson is gone.

  7. harrisonhits2 says:
    June 11, 2019 at 6:08 pm
    O’Brien is a good solid coach who had a couple years of injury riddled teams and then had Osweiler shoved down his throat by the GM at the time without even being allowed to speak with his new QB before the guy signed him. He’s gotten to the playoffs 4 years out of 5 or 6.

    Exactly who do you rocket scientists think he would be replaced with that would be any better? And no, Belichick is not coming even if Caserio is.

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    So no other coach can be found who would not have had Clowney in street clothes on the sidelines in Tennessee or would not allow a gunner to be uncovered on a punt resulting in an easy fake for a TD? Those plays lost the Titans game and cost the team a bye.

    B O B cost his team a bye

  8. The Texans have put up with the same ol’ excuses after every loss…”This one’s on me, my fault’. When are they finally gonna realize that not only did B/O need to go, but B/O/B should have been sent packing too.

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