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Winless Texans fire Bill O’Brien as head coach, general manager

Texans are 0-4 for first time since 2008

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans  talks with Deshaun Watson #4 during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 20: Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Houston Texans talks with Deshaun Watson #4 during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Houston Texans coach and general manager Bill O’Brien has been fired by the organization after more than six seasons with the franchise.

The Texans fell to 0-4 for the first time since 2008, losing 31-23 to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

O’Brien had won the AFC South the previous two seasons, but was under pressure after this season’s slow start, and after he traded star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the offseason.

O’Brien had also traded the Texans' 2021 first and second round picks to the Miami Dolphins in a deal last season for left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

O’Brien was 52-48 overall as the Texans head coach. He went 2-4 in the playoffs and won four division titles with Houston. He is the first NFL head coach to be fired this season.

Below is a statement from Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair on O’Brien’s firing.

“On behalf of my family and our entire organization, I want to sincerely thank Bill O’Brien and his family for their impact on our franchise. Bill’s leadership moved our organization forward as he guided us to four AFC South division championships, 52 wins and multiple playoff appearances during his tenure. Bill proved himself as a coach and leader in this league. I spoke with him earlier today and told him we are moving in a different direction. Romeo Crennel will serve as our interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season. We have a talented team and I have no doubt our players and staff will rally to make Texans fans proud as we aim to win championships and do great things for the city of Houston.”


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