Report: Texans hire former Lions interim coach Robert Prince as WR coach

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The Houston Texans will have a new receivers coach in 2020.

As the Texans move on from John Perry, the team will give Robert Prince a shot at coaching receivers, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. The 2020 Detroit Lions interim coach coached the position for the NFC North club since 2014, spanning the coaching tenures of Jim Caldwell and Matt Patricia.

Prince, 55, got his first NFL coaching job with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004 as an offensive assistant, coaching running backs and tight ends. In 2006, Prince was an assistant quarterbacks coach, working with Michael Vick, before he left as part of the house-cleaning when the Falcons fired coach Jim Mora.

For the next two seasons, Prince worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars as their assistant receivers coach, and Jacksonville made the playoffs in 2007, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in the AFC wild-card.

In 2009, Prince was with the Seattle Seahawks in the same capacity before going back to the college ranks with a coaching gig in 2010 with Colorado as their receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

In 2011, Prince was with Boise State as their receivers coach. From 2012-13, Prince was their offensive coordinator before going to Detroit, getting back in the NFL ranks.

Perry had been the Texans’ receivers coach since 2017 and was the tight ends coach for the club from 2014-16, part of former coach Bill O’Brien’s original staff.