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Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (48) / 10/23/1969

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Texans signed Bill O'Brien to a four-year extension through 2022.
New GM Brian Gaine landed a five-year contract, locking he and the coach together. O'Brien is only 31-33 through four seasons, but that record can mostly be attributed to terrible quarterback play from the likes of Tom Savage, Brock Osweiler, and T. J. Yates. Luckily, the Texans moved up in last year's draft to grab Deshaun Watson, who looks like their franchise quarterback. Watson also made it clear he wanted O'Brien to stay. O'Brien's return is good news for pass-catchers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller as the offense remains intact. Jan 13 - 10:07 AM

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The Houston Chronicle confirms Bill O'Brien will be retained as Texans head coach for the 2018 season.

31-33 through four seasons, O'Brien wound up at odds with GM Rick Smith throughout the 2017 campaign, but Smith is taking an extended leave of absence, and O'Brien will now head up a search for Smith's replacement. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain mentioned Bills executive Brian Gaine, who was fired by Smith after last season and maintains a close relationship with O'Brien. If Gaine ends up as the Texans' next GM, we wouldn't expect Smith back at any point. O'Brien's return keeps offensive continuity in Houston and is good news for Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 06:40:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Texans are expected to retain head coach Bill O'Brien next season.

O'Brien has been firmly on the hot seat in Houston and has rarely seen eye to eye with GM Rick Smith. 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. It can't hurt that O'Brien has the support of franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson, who missed the second half of the year with a torn ACL. "I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me," said Watson earlier this month. "We have a great relationship." O'Brien staying could be a sign that the Texans are moving on from Smith, who has been with the organization for over a decade.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:06:00 AM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are likely to fire either Bill O'Brien or GM Rick Smith after the season.

O'Brien has a "toxic" relationship with Smith, leaving owner Bob McNair to decide between them going forward. This isn't anything new — O'Brien was rumored to be on the hot seat last offseason for the same reasons — but the situation is at a point of no return. O'Brien has already been linked to the Cardinals and Giants, and would be one of the top coaches available if fired. He also has ties to the front offices in Detroit and Tennessee.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 02:31:00 PM reports Texans coach Bill O'Brien has been "bandied about in league circles" as a potential replacement for Ben McAdoo with the Giants.

Reporter Art Stapleton isn't passing along a hard and fast report, just what he's hearing through the grapevine. It's quite possible O'Brien remains with the Texans, but his Houston future appears genuinely up in the air. Despite his volatile Texans tenure, O'Brien would be a clear upgrade on McAdoo.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 07:08:00 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer writes it is "seeming less and less likely that the Texans’ football hierarchy will return intact in 2018."

Rumors have been swirling about Bill O'Brien's future in recent weeks, and they are loud enough that several players have taken to the media to express their support. Those comments, especially from Deshaun Watson, could make it difficult for the Texans to move on from their head coach, but it also may not be productive to carry on the status quo with O'Brien and GM Rick Smith reportedly at odds. Also complicating matters is O'Brien's contract, which is set to run out after 2018. Ultimately, it would be a surprise if the Texans move on from O'Brien, but it has to be considered a possibility.
Source: MMQB
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 09:47:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jan 18, 2017 11:49:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 10:27:00 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.
Sat, Jan 14, 2017 10:06:00 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.
Sat, Jan 7, 2017 08:52:00 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.
Sat, Jan 7, 2017 12:01:00 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.
Sat, Jan 7, 2017 09:21:00 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.
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 12:30:00 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

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