Following Saturday’s loss to the Patriots, Texans HC Bill O’Brien addressed his future with the team by saying that he will be back in Houston for the 2017 season.
“I’ll be back next season, I’ll be the Texans head coach,” O’Brien said, via Pro Football Talk. “I’ll be back next season, like I said, I have a five-year contract. This was year three, and like I’ve also said, I need to do a better job. You know, I think we have a good football team. And overall, we need to do a better job, especially on offense. So, I am going to work hard to try to get that improved this offseason.”
O’Brien also made it clear that he’s tired of talking about the subject, even though reports have continued to come out in recent weeks about his cloudy future with the team.
“I don’t know. I really am just tired of answering it. You know, you can’t even have a sense of humor about it,” O’Brien said. “You have a sense of humor about it, people run with that. I’m going to be the head coach of the Houston Texans. I’m looking forward to working this offseason to improve the team. I really enjoy coaching this team. I have a lot of great feelings about the guys that I coach in that locker room. You know, the Cushings and the Duane Browns, all those guys. Lamar Miller, C.J. Fiedorowicz, [Ryan] Griffin. You know, all the guys on defense, Kareem [Jackson] and Jonathan Joseph. Whitney [Mercilus], JD [Jadeveon Clowney], I mean, I could name the whole roster. And I’m looking forward to coming back and coaching those guys.”
It’s worth mentioning that Texans owner Bob McNair has said publicly that he will not be firing O’Brien and instead plans on him coaching the team next year.
O’Brien, 47, was hired by the Texans back in 2014 after spending a few years at Penn State. Since taking the job with Houston, O’Brien has led them to a record of 27-21 (56.3 percent) to go along with two playoff appearances.
We’ll have more regarding O’Brien and his future with the Texans as the news is available.