NFL coaches rarely find themselves working in the final year of a contract as teams either choose to move on before the deal is up or they get an extension that grants some job security before that point. With one game left in the 2017 season, the Texans have made neither move with Bill O’Brien. O’Brien, who signed a five-year contract with the team in 2013, went 9-7 in each of his first three seasons in Houston and won the division twice, but the team has slumped to 4-11 this year in the wake of injuries to J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Deshaun Watson. That record and occasional reports of friction between O’Brien and the front office have invited speculation that O’Brien might not return for the final year of his original deal. O’Brien said he wouldn’t quit last week and said on Tuesday he’d have no problem coaching without an extension.
Bill O’Brien says he’s fine returning without a contract extension
Pro Football Talk | Dec 26