Bill O'Brien Is Just What the Houston Texans Need to Be Contenders Again

By Dan Parzych
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At the beginning of the 2013 season, there were high expectations for the Houston Texans considering they had proven to be one of the top contenders in the AFC with back-to-back playoff appearances over the previous two seasons. Unfortunately, that was anything but the case this past season as the Texans turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments of 2013 as they finished with a 2-14 record–which included a 14-game losing streak after a 2-0 start.

With the way things turned out this season for the Texans, it was no surprise to see the team fire Gary Kubiak back in December after eight seasons. In a way, Houston had an upper advantage when it came to beginning their head coaching search this offseason and now–it looks like the team is ready to see what Bill O’Brien has in store for the 2014 season.

The Texans made the news on O’Brien taking over as their new head coach official on Thursday after he spent the last two seasons as head coach for Penn State. Bob McNair made it clear from the start he wanted Kubiak’s replacement to have head coaching and NFL experience–which is why O’Brien perfectly.

O’Brien received plenty of praise during his time with the New England Patriots from 2007-11 and even deserves credit for his short time at Penn State over the last two years (15-9 over the last two seasons) considering he took the job when nobody else was willing to consider it. Houston may have been a mess during the 2013 season, but with the talent they have on paper along with a few changes made during the offseason–there’s no reason why O’Brien can’t help this team bounce back and make the Texans contenders once again in 2014.

The talent has always been there for the Texans, but the argument can be made it was Kubiak and the coaching that was holding them back from reaching their true potential over the last couple of years. With O’Brien on board, let’s hope all of that is about to change for Houston.

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