Jason Cole of B/R reports that Texans HC Bill O’Brien is, in fact, be on the hot seat, despite getting the team into the playoffs with erratic play at quarterback this season.
Cole says that a rift has developed between O’Brien and Texans’ management over his “demanding style.” According to Cole, O’Brien could be in danger of being fired if the team loses to the Raiders this weekend.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard about the Texans possibly moving on from O’Brien, as Jay Glazer reported last weekend that that the one surprising coaching move this offseason could be the Texans parting ways O’Brien.
Glazer mentioned that O’Brien hasn’t been a great fit with GM Rick Smith and ownership, despite the fact that he’s managed to get the team in the playoffs the past two seasons.
Should O’Brien end up being available, Glazer expects him to be among the hottest head-coaching candidates this offseason.
There were some rumors last year that he could consider some other opportunities but he openly dismissed having any interest in other jobs.
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.