Texans coaching search moves on to Hines Ward, Joe Lombardi interviews

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The Texans’ search for a new head coach continued with a couple of interviews on Saturday, including one with an unexpected addition to this year’s group of candidates.

The team announced that they have completed interviews with Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Ward now works as the special assistant to the head coach at Florida Atlantic University.

Before taking his current job, Ward worked as an offensive assistant with the Jets the last two years. That’s an unusual resume for an NFL head coaching candidate, but the Texans could wind up finding another role for Ward if he impresses in the interview without landing the top job.

Lombardi just finished his first year with the Chargers. He was also a coordinator for the Lions in 2014 and 2015 between two stints as the Saints’ quarterbacks coach.

The Texans have also interviewed former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.

31 responses to “Texans coaching search moves on to Hines Ward, Joe Lombardi interviews

  1. They can’t be serious. The league going to let this clown show continue? I feel sorry for the players and fans of this “team”.

  2. The Texans are bizarre. Last year they interviewed Josh McCown while he was still under contract as a QB with them, this year Hines Ward, who’s resume is barely bigger.

  3. Haven’t seen a receiver like Hines since. He owned the middle and wasn’t afraid of the hits. That said, I had no idea he was coach material.

  4. Good point about interviews possibly leading to other jobs. That’s one potential positive for Rooney Rule interviews that are just there to fill the requirement. If someone impresses, it might open up other opportunities. And as much as the teams are competing against each other, they are all the same network and word gets around and recommendations are given. Maybe the offensive assistant gets a look as a coordinator or maybe another team has an opening and they’ll put that guy on their list for the next round.

  5. If I called to be interviewed, I will not go.
    If selected as new coach, I will not serve.

  6. Hines Ward was a smiling cheapshot artist who was so dirty they literally had to create a rule that said Don’t come run up and hit random people in the jaw or temple with the crown of your helmet when they aren’t anywhere near the ball. Prior to Ward, that rule was unnecessary because no one else had even considered trying that, because it was an obvious cheapshot.

    Talented receiver, tough guy, yeah yeah, but at the end of the day a guy who had no problem trying to injure his opponents in the name of “toughness”.

  7. I don’t care who they hire, but whoever that person ends up being should request Jack Easterby be sent packing before they sign the contract.

  8. Congratulations Fritz Pollard Alliance, Hines Ward gets to rack up the frequent flyer miles with zero shot at being HC.

  9. stexan1 says:
    January 15, 2022 at 7:18 pm
    They do realize that this isn’t the Lombardi that won a couple of Super Bowls, right?

    Vince was his grandfather. So if you believe in horse breeding ways he in his bloodline. He is a good coach and has worked with the best they sure can do worse

  10. might have simply interviewed Ward to comply with Rooney Rule in case Texans wish to lock down Flores as soon as… any day. Of course, Flores may have higher priority jobs.

  11. The Texans are interviewing as many folks as the can, so tomorrow they can ask Josh Mc Daniels to be the next HC. Mac Jones is not the answer in NE, very average at best.

  12. Remind me, again, why they fired David Culley after one year of a four year contract (in which he did better than expected) when the real problem is obviously in the executive suite.

    Who in their right mind wants to touch that poisoned fruit — never mind the mess that remains the Desean Watson situation.

  13. davismills10 says:
    January 15, 2022 at 9:07 pm
    might have simply interviewed Ward to comply with Rooney Rule in case Texans wish to lock down Flores as soon as… any day. Of course, Flores may have higher priority jobs.
    —–

    You do realize that Flores is black, right?

  14. Please hire Lombardi. He’s a terrible offensive coordinator. Herbert doesn’t need to be dealing with that bum

  15. Hines Ward? If that’s the case interview me! I’ll bring back the run n shoot offense and give some real excitement to this team!

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