The NFL is very much so a copycat league, and the Houston Texans are taking a page straight out of the Kansas City Chiefs‘ book. After firing longtime head coach Gary Kubiak earlier this year, the Texans have decided on a coach of the future as Bill O’Brien is reportedly “working out a deal” to become the Texans’ next head coach. Now, it didn’t take long for me to connect this hire to a move the Chiefs made last offseason.
Similar to Houston’s current roster, Kansas City was stacked with All-Pros in 2012, yet the franchise would up in the cellar with a 2-14 record and the first-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. It was obvious that the Chiefs needed to be revived on offense and Andy Reid was the perfect head coach to do just that. O’Brien is just as offensive-minded as Reid as the former New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator knows how to put points on the board.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of this hire is the firepower currently on the Texans’ roster. While Arian Foster and Andre Johnson are aging, that dynamic duo is still a threat to snap off at any time. In addition, O’Brien is coming straight from the college ranks, meaning he has had his finger on the pulse of collegiate players for quite some time. This will be key in the drafting process as the Texans are likely to draft a quarterback with their No. 1 pick this May.
At the end of the day; Houston fans should rejoice over this hiring because O’Brien is exactly the type of coach that the Texans so desperately needed.