Bill O’Brien is not only safe, he’s going to keep doing two jobs, according to Bill O’Brien.
The Texans coach said Monday — after an incredible playoff collapse against the Chiefs — that the team has no plans to hire a General Manager.
“The way I see it right now, it stays the way it is,” O’Brien said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “We have a great group of people.”
After their failed run at Nick Caserio a year ago, O’Brien acted as the de facto G.M., and the team must have been convinced that it was fine to continue to operate that way.
Of course, it’s not like the Texans have that many draft picks to worry about, having already given up their first- and third-rounders this year, and their first- and second-rounders in 2021 (among others) in a volley of O’Brien-orchestrated deals that netted them Larmey Tunsil, Kenny Stills, and Gareon Conley.
So now O’Brien will continue to run things, along with a group of executives including Jack Easterby, and they have a lot of business to do.
O’Brien said he hoped to negotiate a contract extension for quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason, as well as for Tunsil. That’s a lot of negotiating, and they obviously think their coach can handle it.
O’Brien expects DC Romeo Crennel to return
The Texans gave up two first downs and 46 yards in the first quarter of Sunday’s divisional-round game. Of course, two dropped third-down passes by the Chiefs helped.
The Chiefs ended up with 434 yards and 51 points in a total team meltdown by the Texans.
Speculation about the future of Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel began immediately afterward.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he expects Crennel to return, though O’Brien did not specify in what role.
“Yes, I do,” O’Brien said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I do expect him to be back. I will meet with all staff members one by one and see where we are at, but, yes, I anticipate him being back.”
Crennel, 72, was the Texans’ defensive coordinator from 2014-16. He stepped away from the defense in 2017 to make way for Mike Vrabel to take over as defensive coordinator.
Crennel was assistant head coach for one season before Vrabel left for the Titans. Crennel then resumed his duties as defensive coordinator in 2018.