The Houston Texans on Monday fired head coach and GM Bill O’Brien, according to multiple reports, marking the first major front-office shakeup of the 2020 NFL season.
O’Brien’s demise follows an 0-4 start and the heavily criticized decision to trade superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson this offseason, a few months after he took over GM responsibilities.
Making matters worse for Houston, the Texans will be without their first-round pick this year, which they dealt in 2019 to Miami for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills.
Assistant coach Romeo Crennel is expected to take over as head coach on an interim basis.
The Texans won the AFC South three out of the past four years, but haven’t done much damage in the postseason.
They have a 25-year-old franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson, whom they just handed a four-year, $160 million extension, and thus aren’t that far off from becoming a playoff contender in the near future.
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