Texans likely to keep Bill O'Brien as head coach, sources say

Texans likely to keep Bill O'Brien as head coach, sources say

Texans likely to keep Bill O'Brien as head coach, sources say

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffany, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. He determined his wife and three children now needed him more than football. Despite the tension with Smith and the Texans' dismal 4-11 record this year, it appears O'Brien will be back for a fifth season as head coach. So cutting ties with O'Brien is significantly more painless than getting rid of Smith and then there's the added possibility that an ultimatum will anger Texans owner Bob McNair if he hasn't already made a decision. "This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team bath on and off the field".

Well, despite everything that happened in the Texans' insane 2016 season, they made the playoffs and won a playoff game with Osweiler, so O'Brien was retained.

Per Wilson, it seems unlikely both head coach Bill O'Brien and Smith would be kept around in tandem to prepare for 2018.

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O'Brien has one season remaining on a five-year deal he signed when he became the Texans' coach in 2014. "I don't control that. I'll meet with him, I'm sure, at some point, and we'll decide what direction he wants to go".

O'Brien is a highly respected coach and QB whisperer who probably has leverage, as he likely wouldn't have much trouble finding another job during an offseason expected to be filled with coaching openings. He also would come with Bill Belichick's approval from his days on the Patriots staff. O'Brien is 31-32 in four seasons.

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