Bill O’Brien has apparently never been the right fit in Houston. And after three years and two AFC South titles, he may be on his way out.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that there’s a “real chance” O’Brien is either traded, the two parties mutually part ways or the Texans fire him if they lose to the Raiders in the AFC Wild Card Round on Saturday.
Rapoport reports that the six NFL teams that need to hire a head coach are waiting on word of O’Brien’s future in Houston before proceeding. O’Brien has gone 9-7 in each of his three seasons with the Texans.
O’Brien, owner Bob McNair and GM Rick Smith have never meshed, according to Rapoport and multiple reports. There have been issues — particularly at quarterback — but the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported that the team’s decision to sign Brock Osweiler to a $72 million deal is solely on management.
O’Brien spent two seasons at Penn State, going 15-9 through turmoil and NCAA sanctions. He left on New Year’s Eve in 2013 to take the Texans job.