Winter is coming for many NFL coaches. With just two weeks left in the season, the annual head-coaching carnage is about to commence. About a third of the league’s coaches are probably worried that they are in their final days with their teams. Bill O’Brien is one coach who does not deserve to be on this list. However, whether it’s earned or not, it appears he is. O’Brien’s job security is very much a topic in Houston and around the league as we hit the holidays. The Houston Chronicle has labeled the chatter as “unconfirmed speculation,” but people are talking. O’Brien has heard it. After a blowout loss to the Texans' AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, he made it clear to the Houston media he wants to remain the team’s head coach, and he made it clear he will never tap out. If O’Brien is not going to be the Texans’ head coach much longer, he will have to be removed from the job involuntarily. He certainly has his supporters, and O’Brien’s most vocal proponent is the most important person in the organization: injured rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. Last week, Watson took to social media to say he wanted O’Brien back when word started to filter around the NFL that the coach could be in trouble. This week, Watson went all in on his love for O’Brien, telling the Houston Chronicle that he wanted to play for O’Brien his “whole career," adding that if something isn't broken, why try to fix it? I totally agree with Watson — other than the part that nothing is broken. Actually, the Texans’ players are broken. Houston has been ravaged by major injuries. Star pass-rusher J.J. Watt — the best defensive player in the NFL when healthy — was lost again for the season in October. Fellow defensive standout Whitney Mercilus was also a victim of the injured reserve. However, the biggest blow to the Texans’ season — yes, even bigger than Watt’s — was the injury suffered to Watson. He was on his way to becoming the runaway NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Heck, he was probably even a NFL MVP candidate when he suffered a torn ACL in late in October, toying with the NFL like he did college defenders during his days at Clemson.
Why the Texans should keep Bill O’Brien
Yardbarker | Dec 22