Bill O’Brien: I respected the decision, because we just didn’t do enough

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Bill O’Brien saw it coming even when others might not have.

Only four games into the season, O’Brien got a call from Texans chairman Cal McNair who delivered the bad news. The Texans made a change Monday, firing O’Brien as coach and General Manager.

“I respected the decision,” O’Brien said in a video conference call. “Look, I know in this business when we lost to Minnesota, a game that we had a chance to win. Give Minnesota credit. They did a great job. But I knew that something like this could happen. That’s the business.”

If the Texans hadn’t traded DeAndre Hopkins, maybe they’re not 0-4 and O’Brien still has his job. If the Texans hadn’t lost to the Vikings, who have former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator and former Texans head coach Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant, O’Brien likely still would have his job today.

But Hopkins now is in Arizona, and the Texans are 0-4. Only one team ever has rebounded from an 0-4 start to make the playoffs and that’s the 1992 Chargers, though yes, the playoff field is expanded this year.

“Every decision we made was always in the best interest of the team,” O’Brien said when asked if he had any regrets about any personnel decisions. “We had long conversations. We put a lot of research into them. There were things that happened within the walls of the organization that outside public really will never know. That’s just the way it is, and I totally understand that. We had a lot of great conversations that went into these decisions, a lot of research. We had a lot of people who helped us along the way. We made what we believed were the best decisions for the team. That’s what we always did.”

O’Brien finished his six-plus years with a 52-48 record. The Texans made the postseason four times, going 2-4. They never advanced past the divisional round.

O’Brien repeatedly said during the 10-minute call, “We just didn’t do enough.”

“I’m sorry that we couldn’t get this team over the hump,” O’Brien said. “We didn’t get it over the hump last year, the year before, and obviously early on this year. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort. We did win four division championships in six years. So we did a lot of good things here, but we didn’t do enough. We didn’t bring a Super Bowl to Houston. I believe eventually someone will. I believe this is a championship game that needs to get things turned around right now, but I believe in this team.”

17 responses to “Bill O’Brien: I respected the decision, because we just didn’t do enough

  1. If you’re going to trade Hopkins, at least get a 1st rounder and something better than an injured RB.

  2. No coach from the BB “tree” has succeeded. But O’Brien took it waaaayyyyy too far. Arrogant and quite frankly made some stupid moves.

    No horse in this race. Just for the love of the game.

  3. The Texans have squandered tons of talent long before O’Brien got there and they’ll continue to do so after.

  4. dino2997 says:
    October 5, 2020 at 7:35 pm
    When does Watson run out of excuses?
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    As a famous model once said, my husband cannot throw AND catch the ball.

    All Watson has done is consistently make lemonade out of lemons. Since the DuaNe Brown fiasco, he has no line, acquiring Tunsil for too much has not fixed the problem. His best receiver has been traded, and two guys they chose to replace him with, Stills and Cooks, are not even close. Oh and there is the fact besides letting the Seahawks acquire Brown, they gave Clowney away for nothing, a top 3 run stopper in the league(Yes no sacks, just a the 4th best tackler for loses during his time so far in the NFL).

    Why all the hate for an obvious franchise QB? He’s already proven he is the real deal and the Texans are lucky to have him. Bet the 49ers would trade him straight up for Jimmy G., or the Bears with Mitch, oh wait, the bears already screwed up the first time, LOL.

  5. He actually was an ok coach with a lot of faults. The beginning of his downfall was when he took over GM duties. If he did not become GM maybe he concentrates more in improving on his coaching weaknesses with enough talent on the team to mitigate those weaknesses.

  6. Why all the hate for an obvious franchise QB? He’s already proven he is the real deal and the Texans are lucky to have him. Bet the 49ers would trade him straight up for Jimmy G., or the Bears with Mitch, oh wait, the bears already screwed up the first time, LOL.

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    HAHAHA good one but the Niners are just fine with Jimmy G who is light years ahead of Watson.

  7. People who believe Watson is a franchise QB are insane. He’s just paid like one. There’s are 10 QB s better than him right now

  8. Most teams would have fired him two years ago. He squandered alot of talent and made some mind-boggling trade decisions. They should have kept Kubiak. He has a ring. The Texans have banners.

  9. I bet his successor doesn’t have as good a record as he had. O’Brien won a lot of games. The teams that win the most games in the NFL are the teams with elite QB’s. Deshaun Watson is a below average NFL QB. I’ll get no argument from guys that watch tape.

  10. Aloha,
    BB Coaching tree question: What it the combined record of the BB tree coaches?
    I guess I could figure it out. But,hey… people just throw out they have not done well. Most coaches don’t do well in year 1 or 2 because the prior coach got fired for a poor performing team. I guess Parcel and Phillips (sp?) have been exceptions?

    I’m not sure how to evaluate coaches. Any analytics on coaches’ performance?

    Trades sure confused me. Usually can’t evaluate a trade for a few years, though.

  11. I’ll give the guy a little credit, he had a vision and tried to execute it. Idk if he succeeded in building the team he wanted but we know he didn’t succeed in general.

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