Despite being the first NFL team to fire their head coach, way back on October 5th, the Houston Texans are one of two teams remaining that still have not hired a new head coach. The New York Jets have hired Robert Saleh, the Detroit Lions hired Dan Campbell, the Jacksonville Jaguars hired Urban Myer, the Los Angeles Chargers hired Brandon Staley, and the Atlanta Falcons hired Arthur Smith. The Texans and Eagles are the last NFL organizations without a head coach.
Since Brian Daboll has announced he will remain with the Bills for another season, that means Joe Brady, Josh McDaniel, Matt Eberflus, and Eric Bieniemy are the prime remaining candidates from the expected pool. It doesn’t mean those are the only options, must that these are the coaches left from those who were believed to be the most viable candidates to receive a head coaching job in 2021.
Yesterday, the Texans disclosed that they’d completed interviews with Eric Bieniemy, Leslie Frazier, David Culley, and Matt Eberflus.
Texans announce they've completed interviews with Eric Bieniemy, Leslie Frazier, David Culley and Matt Eberflus— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 19, 2021
They had previously also met with Jim Caldwell, Marvin Lewis, and Joe Brady. There have been rumors for quite awhile that the Texans were eyeing Bieniemy. There are conflicting reports about whether Bieniemy wants some level of roster control in Houston and that Deshaun Watson was part of Bieniemy’s interview. Nothing is definite until it happens in the internet.
No one knows who Houston will hire. As of right now, I’d say it looks like Bieniemy and Brady are the most likely candidates. This is still the Houston Texans, though. It doesn’t have to be rational for the Texans to do it.