Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien’s Best and Worst Moments

The Houston Texans have fired head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien. Clearly, this franchise needed to change things up after falling to 0-4 with a loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

O’Brien spent six-plus seasons with Houston after coaching the Penn State Nittany Lions for two seasons.

During his tenure with the Texans, O’Brien was 52-48. But, he was canned on Monday after his Texans lost again.

Give the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator credit, he led the franchise to the playoffs in four of the previous six seasons.

Let’s take a look at some of his worst moments in Houston before we end this article on a high note.


After going 9-7 in each of his first three seasons as the Texans head coach, O’Brien and his team finished 2017 with a mark of 4-12. They also lost their final six games and missed the postseason.

During that campaign, Houston lost to Jacksonville in both of their meetings. The Jaguars beat the Texans, 45-7 in the second game, and smoked them the first game, 29-7.

It was an ugly season, to say the least.

He Traded Hopkins for Who?

This past offseason, Bill O’Brien dealt DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson.

The trade included a swap of draft picks also.

So far this season, Johnson has an average of just over 49 yards per carry for Houston. Meanwhile, Hopkins is averaging over 99 yards receiving and he earned a contract extension with the Cards.

Some said O’Brien was trying to save money with this trade, but he ultimately spent money and resources on other targets for quarterback Deshaun Watson.

At the end of the day, this trade was idiotic. Especially since it didn’t look as if O’Brien had a good plan in place.

When you ship an elite player in his mid-to-late 20s out of town, you have to be able to help your QB.

Picking up Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb is not enough to make the fans happy let alone Watson.

And besides, the Texans were supposed to look better than the product they have been putting out on the field this past month of play.

The 0-4 record only adds salt into the wound of losing Hopkins.

Double-digit Wins

Bill O’Brien and the Texans went 21-11 the past two seasons.

The Texans also captured the AFC South crown in four of the past five seasons.

Last season, thanks to Watson’s heroic play versus Buffalo, the Texans advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs.

Under O’Brien, Houston went 2-4 in the postseason. So, they need someone who can get them over the hump.

They could also use a coach who can help them draft and develop more players on the defensive side of the football.

Franchise Guy

O’Brien was apart of the Texans’ 2017 draft when they selected Watson out of Clemson.

He did help draft some of the best players on this Houston roster and deserves some respect for that.

Houston also acquired Laremy Tunsil from Miami to help bolster to o-line.

I’m not saying O’Brien was flawless, but he did make noise with this franchise and guide them to big moments in their franchise’s history.

How would you grade Bill O’Brien as a head coach and GM? Leave a comment below.

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