Report: Texans fire assistant coach John Pagano

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said after his team’s postseason-ending loss last weekend that he expects defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to return. But there are some changes coming to the defensive staff.

Texans outside linebackers coach and senior defensive assistant John Pagano has been fired, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Pagano, the younger brother of Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, spent the last two seasons in Houston after previously serving as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He’s also been defensive coordinator of the Chargers.

The report also says that, despite O’Brien’s expectations, Crennel is considering retiring rather than returning for the 2020 season. If Crennel does retire, Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver is considered a top in-house candidate to become the Texans’ defensive coordinator.

23 responses to “Report: Texans fire assistant coach John Pagano

  1. This guy has fired everyone and everything in the organization. He has more power than any coach in the league yet he’s not a very good one. Even had two general managers fired for crying out loud.

  2. Hey Bill, while you are at it, fire that guy in the mirror! Give these players a chance to reach their potential!

  3. O’Brien has fired multiple people and still the same miserable result. He must have something on the owner that keeps him from being held accountable for his failures.

  4. We live in Houston! – Up 24 to 0 …Coach O’Brien “Panicked” – He could not believe his good fortune. Any other Coach in the NFL would have Won the game with Kansas City even a close one. – O’Brien is a good Assistant Coach but is not a good Head Coach. – He is Arrogant in the media acting like no one will fire him. Maybe, so. No apologies to us Fans for the Embarrassing loss! – Any other NFL Division he would be gone and done. – Houston plays in a weak division like the Patriots. We wish Coach Belichick would please take him back to New England and send us Josh McDaniel.

  5. cant really blame o’Brien for the defense giving up 7 touchdowns in a game. k.c. gifted them a huge lead and then got it together, or else Houston wouldve never been in it. defense is one of the worst in the league and the quarterback is overrated and inconsistent. doesnt really matter who the head coach js.

  6. “cant really blame o’Brien for the defense giving up 7 touchdowns in a game. k.c. gifted them a huge lead and then got it together, or else Houston wouldve never been in it. defense is one of the worst in the league and the quarterback is overrated and inconsistent. doesnt really matter who the head coach js.”

    Those seven TDs were unanswered. Now people are blaming Watson? So what exactly is the coach responsible for??? Blame everyone but BOB, lol. Ran off two GMs, Andre Johnson, and still no success.

  7. You can blame obrian because he traded there 2nd best defensive player ( clowney) for basically nothing and paid half his salary when in chiefs game one of biggest issues was no pass rush and now biggest offseason need is to find a pass rusher…also he used our 1st and second round picks in last yrs draft on olineman and traded away our first and second rnd picks for next 2 yrs to bolster offense…not crennels fault…the guy is as proven a corridator as anyone in league he was a key corrdinator on 2 giant super bowl teams and won 2 as pats d corrdinator

  8. I know Deshaun Watson is a popular player, and I love his story. It’s hard not to love the kid and to root for him. But you sometimes have to separate the kid from the player. Watch the film. It doesn’t lie. Don’t listen to me. Don’t listen to anyone. Trust yourself. Watch the tape. Coaching is not the problem. The kid is young and he’ll get better. I hope. But right now, they’re just getting outplayed at the QB position.

  9. I’m not a BOB fan or a BOB apologist but the guy has gotten Houston into the playoffs multiple times and won the AFC South several times. That’s not failure.

    I’m a Jaguars fan. Now THAT’s failure.

  10. The Texans beat the Bills with the help of a expired play clock and a busted play in the same final drive. They got cornerbacks off the waiver wire and started them on a piece meal defense the same week. They spent 2 high draft picks on left tackles and the traded 2 number 1 draft picks for another 1. Yet Watson is still having to run around to make plays. the team is crippled for the next 2 years.

    How long does it take to get better coach?

  11. nflintegrity1 says:
    January 18, 2020 at 5:48 pm
    We wish Coach Belichick would please take him back to New England and send us Josh McDaniel.

    Guess you didn’t see him actually (under)perform as a Head Coach in Denver then. Or look at the non-success of “The Belichick Tree” working with other teams (players too for the most part). If I were anyone else in the AFC South I would be taking up donations to make your dream come true.

  12. I am baffled as to why he still has a job as a head coach..im more baffled by the fans in Houston who still claim hed a good coach and the playoff loss isn’t on him…

    They blame Watson, they blame Hopkins, they blame Watt, they blame anyone but him…I don’t understand the cult of O’Brien. He’s a narcissist and the type to scapegoat anyone on the team be it player or coach other than him…he as the gm gave up high draft picks in this upcoming draft for nothing ..he continues to stay the same as everything else in the NFL changes around him…he calls for fake punts when it’s not needed and goes for the field goal when a touchdown would gave deflated the Kansas city chiefs and fans ….

    He keeps keeps Crennel when we all know that his style of defense is old and outdated, the bend don’t break philosophy that constantly breaks…

    BOB trades Clowney , he has two left tackles that at times don’t amount to one good tackle.

    Yes he wins the South in the ACC and goes to the playoffs but the team never progresses, never gets close to the Superbowl…

    Sometimes a reboot is the best thing to do as opposed to slightly above average mediocrity.

    Fire bill obrien , he is the issue. No one else. He built the team. He coaches the team. He picks his coordinators.

    In summation it’s all on BOB.

  13. Sometimes firing people works. Texans special teams coverage and returns were bottom of the league for years. O’Brien went through several special teams coordinators, none of them had any effect. Then he hired Brad Seely and now they are among the best in the league in both coverage and returns.

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