For the past week or two, there have been increased rumblings about the possibility of Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans ending their relationship at the conclusion of this season. Although Bob McNair made it clear after the Texans beat the Raiders in the Wild Card round that he had no intention of firing O’Brien, Michael Silver (who did an awesome profile of O’Brien before the 2015 season began) has a new piece up with some new quotes from the Texans’ head coach that paint a murkier picture.
"I got home the other night and my wife (Colleen) asks me, 'Where are we living next year?'“ O'Brien told me Monday during an interview that will air Saturday on NFL Network's "GameDay Morning". "Look, things are out there, and you can't control everything that's out there. I signed a five-year contract when I came here. I've enjoyed coaching here. We like living here. So at the end of the day, the Houston Texans are a place that we enjoy working.
"Whatever the future holds, it holds, but like I said, I have two years left on my contract, so we'll see what happens."
The stuff about O’Brien signing a five-year contract with the Texans and enjoying Houston isn’t new, but the bit about his wife asking where the family will be living next year is. If you’re a fan of O’Brien, before you start hyperventilating, read this next excerpt from the article, which is right after Silver notes that only the San Francisco 49ers have yet to fill their head coaching vacancy:
Were O'Brien to be available, 49ers owner Jed York likely would be interested; trading a draft pick to acquire him would be far less palatable. Barring a mystery team suddenly swooping in, the smart money is still on O'Brien remaining in Houston, where he has guided the Texans to a trio of 9-7 seasons (and consecutive AFC South championships) despite less-than-optimal circumstances.
Your reaction, Texans fans? Much ado about nothing, or do you believe there’s still a chance the team could be searching for a new head coach in short order?