The Houston Texans announced their new coaching staff on Thursday which includes 16 assistant coaches.
Interestingly enough, new Texans HC Bill O’Brien elected to not hire an offensive coordinator and instead will handle the responsibilities himself. O’Brien will be the team’s play-caller in 2014, and it’s not as though this alone is an unprecedented move by any means.
Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com mentions that there are eight other NFL head coaches are calling plays for their respective team including: Chip Kelly, Mike McCarthy, Sean Payton, Marc Trestman and Rex Ryan for the Jets defense.
However, Ganguli adds that all of these coaches do have a designated offensive coordinator.
Even without an offensive coordinator on staff, it’s hard to say this will really have a big impact on the team’s offensive. O’Brien figures to be completely immersed in the team’s offensive game-planning, which means Romeo Crennel is likely to have full control over the defense.
The rest of the Texans’ staff includes:
- Romeo Crennel (defensive coordinator)
- Jim Bernhardt (Director of Football Research)
- John Butler (secondary)
- Doug Colman (assistant special teams)
- Paul Dunn (offensive line)
- Craig Fitzgerald (head strength and conditioning)
- George Godsey (quarterbacks)
- Sean Hayes (assistant strength and conditioning)
- Stan Hixon (wide receivers)
- Tim Kelly (offensive quality control)
- Will Lawing (defensive quality control)
- Charles London (running backs)
- Anthony Midget (assistant secondary)
- John Perry (tight ends)
- Anthony Pleasant (assistant strength and conditioning)
- Mike Vrabel (linebackers)