Texans fire coach Bill O'Brien after winless start

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The Houston Texans on Monday fired Bill O’Brien after the team started the 2020 season with four straight losses.

O’Brien was the team’s head coach and general manager.

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Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair Jr. released a statement on the O'Brien dismissal.

Romeo Crennel will serve as the interim head coach.

O’Brien took over as the team’s coach in 2014. He led the Texans to three consecutive 9-7 seasons before a 4-12 finish in 2017. The Texans were 11-5 in 2018 and 10-6 in 2019. Houston won four AFC South division titles but never made it to the AFC Championship game.

While O’Brien has had the most success any Texans coach has had, his decision making since being named the general manager was head-scratching at best.

In an apparent effort to win now during the 2019 season, the team traded several draft picks to acquire players like Duke Johnson, Keion Crossen, Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills. The team traded Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks after failing to sign him to a long-term contract extension.

The 2020 offseason was also confusing.

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The Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson, which received a ton of criticism and effectively took away a top target of Deshaun Watson right as things were beginning to turn the corner for the offense.

Houston then signed Watson to a lucrative four-year extension worth $156 million.

With all of that, Houston managed to lose its first four games of the season.

O’Brien had said earlier Monday that whatever move the ownership made next was out of his control.

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“All I can control is what I can control, and I’ve got to do a better job with the team,” he said. “That’s obvious, and we’re going to work hard to do that. Relative to things that I talk about with the team, I just try to keep that between me and the team as best as I can.”

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