After the Texans and George Godsey broke up on Monday, fans wondered who Bill O’Brien would bring in to replace Godsey as offensive coordinator. The answer? No one.
More decisions for 2017 #Texans offense: Bill O'Brien to call plays/will not hire offensive coor. Receivers coach Sean Ryan now to coach QBs— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 18, 2017
I have the same concerns about this decision now that I did when O’Brien went down this path during his first season in Houston. Three years ago, I wrote:
Personally, I think this has the makings of a very bad idea. That's not to question O'Brien's play-calling prowess; his offensive chops are why he's the head coach of your Houston Texans now. The guy knows how to call a game. My concern is rooted in the same deserved criticism that Kubiak got--that having to focus his resources on calling the offense will take away from O'Brien's ability to manage the entire roster. Assuming the plan is for new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to fill Wade Phillips' role as "Head Coach--Defense," I still don't think it's a good idea for O'Brien to wear the hats of both head coach and offensive coordinator.
O’Brien eventually promoted George Godsey from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator; perhaps that’s his plan with Sean Ryan now. Still, it would seem that going outside the current staff to search for solutions to the Texans’ well documented offensive woes would be a better route than simply hunkering down and continuing with the same scheme. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Bill O’Brien is betting that Bill O’Brien can fix what ails the offense. Never let it be said the man lacks fortitude; should the offense sputter again in 2017, the focus for that failure will be squarely on O’Brien.
What’s your reaction to the news of Bill O’Brien deciding he will once again call the plays for the Texans’ offense?