John McClain is reporting that your Houston Texans have fired general manager/head coach Bill O’Brien.
Texans owner Cal McNair has fired Bill O'Brien as coach and GM. Details to come on https://t.co/mIDjcbdCLC— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 5, 2020
Romeo Crennel is now the interim head coach of the Texans.
Owner Cal McNair said the only current change is Romeo Crennel is the interim coach.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 5, 2020
With the Texans starting the season 0-4 and looking completely overmatched while doing so, this shouldn’t be a surprise. This was Bill O’Brien’s team from top to bottom. After yesterday’s loss to the Vikings, I finally thought O’Brien’s time in Houston had expired, but I never thought a change would happen until the 2020 season was over. I was, as usual, totally wrong.
The #Texans’ season is over four weeks in. They lack premium draft picks, and Bill O’Brien has made the roster worse since his arrival seven years ago almost entirely through self-inflicted wounds. All kidding aside, it’s tough to see how he’s employed here in 2021.— battleredblog (@battleredblog) October 4, 2020
I don’t think the McNairs will fire O’Brien midseason, but today is the first time since he was hired that I truly think his fate is sealed. Absent a miraculous turnaround, O’Brien is terminated in January. #Texans— battleredblog (@battleredblog) October 4, 2020
Deep down, O’Brien knows today ended his tenure in Houston. Doesn’t mean he’s giving up, but his tone here recognizes 0-4 is different than anything that’s happened here before. You simply don’t go 0-4 with Deshaun Watson as your QB. #Texans https://t.co/wist4i9rd7— battleredblog (@battleredblog) October 4, 2020
The Bill O’Brien Era in Houston is over. Much more on this to come.
UPDATE: Here’s Cal McNair’s official statement on O’Brien’s termination.