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Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (47) / 10/23/1969
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Coach Bill O'Brien will call the Texans' offensive plays in 2017.
Houston fired OC George Godsey on Tuesday, and the team has no plans to hire a new offensive coordinator. O'Brien called the plays most of this past season anyway, so it's not much of a shakeup on offense. Jan 18 - 11:49 AM

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Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports "it wouldn't be a surprise" if coach Bill O'Brien decides to take over the offensive coordinator position.

Houston is on the hunt for a new OC after "mutually parting ways" with George Godsey on Monday. O'Brien took over play-calling duties from Godsey early in the season before sharing those responsibilities down the stretch, so it would not be a big leap for him to take over as the primary play-caller in 2017. The Texans will almost certainly give someone the "OC" title, but O'Brien should run the show moving forward.
Jan 17 - 10:27 AM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports coach Bill O'Brien confirmed he will be back with the Texans next season.

This story has refused to die, but it is certainly over now as both O'Brien and owner Bob McNair have said the coach will be back on the sidelines next season. That does not mean, however, there is zero friction between O'Brien and GM Rick Smith, and there was enough smoke to suggest the two sides were at least considering a divorce. It would not be surprising if the same reports of O'Brien leaving are floated next December.
Jan 14 - 10:06 AM

After Saturday's Wild Card win, Texans owner Bob McNair said, "I'm not going to fire [coach Bill O'Brien]."

McNair also denied reports O'Brien would have been out had the Texans lost on Saturday. There was so much smoke around this situation it seems impossible O'Brien and GM Rick Smith are sitting around the campfire singing kumbaya, but they will work together for at least another season. Luckily for both, Brock Osweiler played reasonably well Saturday.
Jan 7 - 8:52 PM

Long-time beat reporter John McClain said the Texans "will not be firing Bill O'Brien."

It is not clear if McClain is reporting this or simply giving his opinion, but he has a long-standing relationship with the organization, so even his opinion is worth noting. There has been rampant speculation among national reporters O'Brien and the Texans will part ways if Houston loses Saturday against the Raiders with some speculation there is a rift between the coach and GM Rick Smith due to the signing of Brock Osweiler. McClain reports both O'Brien and Smith wanted Osweiler. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "many" teams with head coaching vacancies are waiting until this situation plays out before making their final decision.
Jan 7 - 12:01 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "many" of the teams with head coaching vacancies are waiting to see if Texans coach Bill O'Brien becomes available.

Despite serious problems at quarterback, O'Brien has led the Texans to three consecutive 9-7 finishes with playoff berths the last two seasons. That said, O'Brien has clashed with entrenched GM Rick Smith in the past, and it seems like the final Brock Osweiler decision was made above his head despite everyone toeing the party line to this point. If the Texans lose on Saturday, it would not be surprising to see the two sides agree to move on, and it sounds like O'Brien would not have to wait long to find a new job.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 7 - 9:21 AM

FOX's Jay Glazer reports the Texans and coach Bill O'Brien could "agree to part ways" if they suffer an early playoff loss.

Glazer considers the Texans a potential "surprise opening." Color us extremely skeptical. O'Brien has a monstrous ego — like Jim Harbaugh, he's probably not the easiest guy to work with — but keeps making the playoffs with bottom-five quarterback situations. Aside from his, admittedly huge, Brock Osweiler blunder, he's done an extremely good job in three years as head coach in Houston. It would be stunning were the sides to part.
Jan 1 - 12:30 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien will take over offensive play-calling duties Week 4 against the Titans.

O'Brien called the plays in his first season (2014) as head coach, but turned those duties over to OC George Godsey last year. After three weeks this season, the Texans are dead-last in red-zone success and field Football Outsiders' 32nd-ranked offense in DVOA. They have just three touchdowns in three games. Against Tennessee, this presents a get-right spot.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 09:55:00 AM

The Texans will appear on this summer's season of HBO's Hard Knocks.

As expected. The Texans don't jump off the screen as a team many would have near the top of the list of candidates for the show, but deep down there are plenty of intriguing storylines. Coach Bill O'Brien is fiery much like Rex Ryan and could pop off at any minute on the show, while the Texans will also be holding a full-blown quarterback competition to track this summer. J.J. Watt will certainly have plenty of air time as the league's premier defensive player. Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins should have starring roles as premier playmakers.
Wed, May 27, 2015 10:48:00 AM

ESPN's Tania Ganguli and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain report the Texans are the favorites to appear on this year's HBO Hard Knocks.

A report surfaced early Friday that the Texans, Redskins, and Bills were in the mix. Buffalo's new coaching staff reduces its chances of appearing on Hard Knocks, while ESPN's John Keim reported Friday afternoon that the Redskins are not in consideration. That leaves the Texans, who will hold a camp battle at quarterback between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. Other potential storylines include Jadeveon Clowney's health, J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, polarizing rookie WR Jaelen Strong, and DeAndre Hopkins' post-Andre Johnson ascension.
Fri, May 22, 2015 12:40:00 PM

The Texans will not hire an offensive coordinator.

In his first year as an NFL head coach, Bill O'Brien will be pulling double duty. We don't think the results will suffer. O'Brien did not employ an offensive coordinator while at Penn State for the past two seasons and dealt with heavy scholarship sanctions, yet still had the Big 10's No. 4 offense in 2013. He'll work on an offense that is just one season removed from a top-seven ranking and let Romeo Crennel handle the defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 12:39:00 PM

New head coach Bill O'Brien will call the offensive plays for the Texans.

O'Brien last called plays in the NFL as the offensive coordinator for the Patriots in 2011. Guided by Tom Brady, they ranked third in pass attempts (612) and 17th in rush attempts (438). O'Brien will likely have a rookie under center in 2014, but that is unlikely to stop him from skewing toward the pass game at least slightly. True freshman Christian Hackenberg attempted 32.6 passes per game for Penn State in 2013.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 09:31:00 AM

Texans hired Bill O'Brien as head coach.

The Texans land perhaps the most sought-after offensive mind available. O'Brien was a Bill Belichick assistant from 2007-2011, making his way from receivers coach to offensive coordinator. He reached legend status almost immediately at Penn State as O'Brien took a program reeling from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and subsequent near death penalty sanctions to a 8-4 record and multiple Coach of the Year honors in his first season. But O'Brien quickly grew frustrated with politics associated with college football, and his intention to bolt Happy Valley after just two years became obvious. In Houston, he inherits a slew of talented players and the No. 1 overall pick, which he'll almost certainly use on a quarterback such as Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. Expect the offense to perform right out of the gate and develop quickly.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 08:55:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Live that the Texans' head-coaching contract with Penn State's Bill O'Brien is "imminent," and expects it to be finalized "in the next 24 hours."

O'Brien is leaving Happy Valley, as expected. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain earlier reported the Texans were "closing in" on the onetime Bill Belichick assistant, and Mort's report essentially confirms it. The Texans already satisfied the Rooney Rule by interviewing Lovie Smith prior to Week 17.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 04:26:00 PM

According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the Texans are "closing in" on tabbing Penn State's Bill O'Brien as their next head coach.

Luring O'Brien away from Happy Valley would go against Texans owner Bob McNair's stated desire for a coach with NFL head-coaching experience, but would make a splash nonetheless. O'Brien spent time working as an assistant under Bill Belichick and earned major notice among NFL brass for the way he rebuilt Penn State's football program following the Joe Paterno/Jerry Sandusky disaster. 44 years old, O'Brien is an offensive mind.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 03:49:00 PM

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