The Houston Texans issued the following statement regarding the decision to fire HC Bill O’Brien:
A statement from Cal McNair. pic.twitter.com/5JbZylPTbp
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 5, 2020
The Houston Texans have fired HC Bill O’Brien effective immediately, according to John McClain.
Adam Schefter reports that Romeo Crennel is likely to be the team’s interim head coach.
“Bill was very professional. He thanked us for the opportunity and was sorry he couldn’t get us over the hump,” Texans owner Cal McNair said of the decision, per Mark Berman.
The Texans have gotten off to an 0-4 start to the season after O’Brien had traded away Hopkins and future assets to push for a deep playoff run.
Reports from over the weekend said that O’Brien was going to be more involved in play-calling and game-planning, but it appears as though ownership decided he had Sunday’s game to turn things around before opting to make major changes.
O’Brien, 50, was hired by the Texans back in 2014 after spending a few years at Penn State. O’Brien had one year remaining on his five-year contract when he signed a new five-year contract back in 2018.
During his seven years as Texans’ head coach, O’Brien led the team to a record of 52-48 (52 percent), which includes four trips to the playoffs and a 2-4 postseason record overall.