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Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (45) / 10/23/1969

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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. Thu, Feb 6, 2014 12:39:00 PM

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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.
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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