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January 28, 2020

Texans give O'Brien GM title, promote Easterby to executive VP

      The Houston Texans gave head coach Bill O'Brien the title of general manager after operating without a front-office leader for the 2019 season, per a press release by the Texans.

He is now officially operating as Head Coach/GM.

In addition, Houston promoted executive vice president of team development Jack Easterby to executive vice president of football operations.

"This is the way we’ve been operating for the last eight months," McNair said.


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January 28, 2020

Crennel to remain with Texans

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the longtime coach will stay with the Texans in a “key role on defense.”

They moved him out of the coordinator title to promote line coach Anthony Weaver into that job, the same way they once did for Mike Vrabel.

The 72-year-old Crennel, formerly the head coach of the Browns and Chiefs, has been with the Texans since 2014.


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January 28, 2020

O'Brien continues cleaning house with the Texans 

      The Texans have fired director of player engagement J.J. Moses, assistant strength and conditioning coach/performance therapist Billy Voltaire, assistant strength coach Jason George, executive assistant for football administration Eva Graham, and pro and college scouting administrative assistant Amber Davies.

The Texans fired former general manager Brian Gaine in June and got caught with their hand in the cookie jar trying to lure personnel man Nick Caserio from the New England Patriots this offseason. Houston proceeded with Jack Easterby, Matt Bazirgan, James Liipfert, and Chris Olsen sharing GM duties, with O'Brien getting the final say.

The Texans previously fired senior vice president of football administration Chris Olsen (contract negotiator), and outside linebackers coach-senior defensive assistant John Pagano. They also replaced veteran defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel with line coach Anthony Weaver. 

O'Brien has the power to hire and fire whomever he wants. Who would feel confident speaking against his ideas in this environment? It's his team now.

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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January 20, 2020

Texans promote DL coach Anthony Weaver to DC

     The shakeup on Kirby Dr. continues as the Houston Texans are changing things up on the defensive side of the ball following a 2019 season that saw them finish in the bottom five in yards allowed. 

Seasoned defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is out after six seasons.  There were rumors that Crennel was considering retirement. He could return as a senior assistant or retire.

The Texans ranked 19th in defensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) in 2019.

2018: 7th

2017: 23rd 

2016: 9th

2015: 8th 

2014: 6th

Defensive line coach Anthony Weaver will replace the 72-year-old Crennel in that role. Seen as a budding defensive mind, Weaver had served as the Texans’ defensive line coach from 2016. Before that, he held the same position with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. 

This comes as no surprise after Houston allowed 51 points in its AFC Divisional Playoff loss to the eventual conference champion Kansas City Chiefs. After Sunday's game against the Titans, the Chiefs are without-doubt the best team in the AFC.

The move shows mastermind Bill O'Brien is firmly entrenched as the boss within the organization.


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January 18, 2020

Texans fire assistant coach John Pagano

     Bill O'Brien has fired outside linebackers coach and senior defensive assistant John Pagano.

Pagano, the younger brother of Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, spent the last two seasons in Houston after previously serving as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He’s also been defensive coordinator of the Chargers.

Romeo Crennel is considering retiring rather than returning for the 2020 season. If Crennel does retire, Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver is the likely candidate to become the Texans’ defensive coordinator.

Head coach Bill O'Brien is operating in the de facto role of General Manager. 

In the Texans playoff loss, the second-seeded Chiefs scored 41 unanswered points by halftime, with 28 points in the second quarter. 

2019 cap hits/rank (Per Spotrac)

Deshaun Watson, $3.7M (34th)


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Potential Texans moves (per Spotrac)

- 45 players signed

- $60M of cap space

- no 1st/3rd Rd Pick


Cap Cuts ($17M saved)

- OG, Zach Fulton

- CB, Vernon Hargreaves


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- QB, Deshaun Watson ($36M)

- OT, Laremy Tunsil ($18.2M)

- LB, Zach Cunningham ($12M)


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