Houston Texans Coach Bill O’Brien Adds GM Title

Bill O'Brien now adds General Manager title to his name (Photo by Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle Staff Photographer

In a surprising turn of events, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was named GM (general manager) of the franchise. Owner Cal McNair made the announcement Tuesday. O’Brien took over player personnel duties in the wake of Brian Gaine being relived of his duties last summer. McNair promoted executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby to executive vice president of football operations as well.

“This is the way we’ve been operating for the last eight months,” McNair said. “They led us to a 10-win season, another division title and to the divisional round of the playoffs for the fourth time. I have the utmost confidence in them. Our goal is to win championships.”

It’s a move that has fans scratching their heads as many thought he might be close to being on his way out of Houston. It’s been the multiple divisions titles and playoffs appearances that has helped his case for staying.

“I was encouraged by the progress that our team made on the field this year which was due in part to our new structure, operating approach and the leaders within our football operations group. I am proud that we provided our fans with many thrilling victories at home, including a playoff win, and we delivered another double-digit win season,” McNair said. “Our fans deserve that, but now it is time for the organization to get back to work toward our pursuit of a world championship for the city of Houston.”

Tons of Talent, Plenty of Heat

O’Brien will feel the pressure of winning now. He has had plenty of success with the team and brought in multiple young, key pieces to the franchise. It’s all about putting it all together and winning a Super Bowl in the next few years.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson got some support offensively thanks to O’Brien’s moves. The addition of Kenny Stills, Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and Laremy Tunsil shows good progress. DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller also make great pieces to an explosive offense. If J.J. Watt can stay healthy, it mean good things coming for the defense as well.

O’Brien and Easterby have made several smart decisions this past season. O’Brien will be driving the car that leads the team to the playoffs or failure.

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