After the first four weeks of the NFL the first NFL head coach and general manager has been let go. The Houston Texans have fired Bill O’Brien after their teams 0-4 start according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Texans fired HC and GM Bill O’Brien, per @DanGrazianoESPN and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 5, 2020
After a brutal first four games the Texans are 0-4. On top of that since becoming general manager he has made major personnel changes that have not seemed to pan out. Before last season the team traded Jadeveon Clowney for Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo and a third round pick (traded to acquire Gareon Conley). That cleared up the cap space to trade their 2019 and 2020 first round picks, 2020 second round pick, Johnson Bademosi and Julien Davenport for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills. Stills is listed as the team’s fourth wide receiver and Tunsil just received a three-year $66 million extension making him the highest paid offensive lineman in the league.
During this offseason, O’Brien still made some major trades that made people scratch their heads. First off the team traded franchise player DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a second round pick which was used to select Ross Blacklock. Later in the offseason he traded their other second round pick to acquire often injured wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
During his seven years with the Texans, O’Brien has a 52-48 record and has made the playoffs four times. O’Briens playoff record is 2-4. Last postseason O’Brien led the Texans to a shootout win over the Bills in the first round but fell to the Chiefs in the next round following building an early 24-0 lead in the first half.
Even though the team doesn’t have a first or second round pick this year to rely on, if the year is lost it appears that the Texans may be waiving the white flag on this season. However defensive coach Romeo Crennel is expected to take over as the teams interim head coach for the rest of the season.