Bill O’Brien is the head coach, the play caller, the former offensive coordinator, the man with final say on all player personnel decisions, and now the kind of sort of general manager at NRG Park. He doesn’t wear the black hat; he wears every hat. Entering 2019 training camp, replicant Elliot Harrison at NFL.com power-ranked every NFL head coach, including the almighty and all powerful Houston Texans head coach. This is what Harrison had to say:
19) Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans
Bill O’Brien is a good coach. How good of a coach is he? Well, his detractors will say he’s good enough to get ya beat in the playoffs. Then again, O’Brien has helped the Texans post a winning season in four out of his five years with the team. That’s after taking over a squad that went 2-14 the year before he got there. The complaints about O’Brien often center around an inconsistent offense and his in-game management. Of course, much of a head coach’s job performance centers around things fans don’t see. That includes the culture around the team from Monday through Saturday, communication with the players, and the ability to keep a team focused. Without the latter, there is no way Houston wins over 40 games in five years. The struggle for O’Brien this season will be to squeeze better play out of the offensive line, as well as get Deshaun Watson to avoid creating his own pressure by holding the ball for too long.
What do you think? Too high for O’Brien? Too low?
Honestly, I wish this was a Power Rankings piece for general managers.