October 5, 2020
BY Lance Cartelli

Houston Texans Fire Bill O'Brien

If you thought that Adam Gase or Matt Patricia would be the first coach to lose their job this season, then you'd be wrong. 

In a somewhat surprising move, Texans owner Cal McNair fired coach and general manager Bill O'Brien following the team's disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Houston Chronicle. 

The winless Texans — who have the highest payroll in the NFL ($248 million) — have been one of the most disappointing teams this season.

O'Brien has been with the Texans since 2014, and he's continued to amass more and more power within the organization, but his moves as the franchise's general manager are what doomed him. 

The former Penn State coach practically gave away DeAndre Hopkins and Jadeveon Clowney during his tenure. He also was the mastermind behind the trade that sent the Texans' first- and second-round picks in 2020 — among other selections — to the Miami Dolphins. 

NFL Network reports that former Browns coach Romeo Crennel will take over as the Texans' interim coach.

O'Brien departs the Texans with a 52-48 record. 

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