HOUSTON (KXAN) — The Houston Texans have fired Bill O’Brien from his position as head coach and general manager, according to multiple national reports.
O’Brien has been the Texans head coach since 2014, finishing his Texans tenure with a 54-52 record. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was first to report O’Brien’s departure.
The Texans made back-to-back playoff appearances after winning the AFC South in 2018 and 2019. However, Houston is struggling this year as one of four NFL teams without a win this season. The Texans dropped to 0-4 after a loss at home to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
The Texans have announced that Romeo Crennel will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season.
In a statement Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said the franchise was moving in a “different direction.”
O’Brien was given the title of general manager before in January 2020. The Texans traded away their first and second round picks for the 2021 Draft, leaving the struggling franchise with little wiggle room to improve itself in the immediate future.
Two separate deals, made by O’Brien and the Texans, have drawn criticism from analysts and fans. Before the 2019 season, the Texans traded their 2020 first round pick and their 2021 first and second round picks to the Miami Dolphins for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills. Tunsil was much-needed to stabilize a poor offensive line, so the move didn’t seem drastic in terms of the Texans’ needs.
The more head-scratching move came during the 2020 season offseason when O’Brien shipped one of the NFL’s top playmakers Deandre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a 2021 second round pick. When comparing Hopkins to Johnson in terms of production, the Texans will almost always look like the losers in the deal.
O’Brien led the Texans to the postseason four times, advancing to the AFC Divisional Round twice before being eliminated. The Texans lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2019 Divisional Round after leading the eventual Super Bowl champions 24-0 in the second quarter.