The Houston Texans are currently sitting at 0-3 and since the 2017 season, they are boasting a 4-15 record in regular-season games under coach Bill O’Brien. There have already been questions on if the slow start would affect O’Brien's job status in the near future and this is even after signing a 4-year extension this past off-season. The Texans have struggled in many areas through three weeks and the confidence in O’Brien is waning from fans on the outside.
“There’s no magic dust, there’s no magic wand we can just say, ‘Hey, wave this magic wand and everything’s going to be OK.’” O’Brien said of his team who is searching for its first win of 2018. “It’s hard work, it’s trying to figure out what we do best, do it better, and the things we’re not doing well, either stop doing them or figure out how to improve them.”
The Texans have to find a way to pull themselves out of this hole and discussions with ownership take place with O’Brien to keep them in the loop regarding the team. O’Brien made it clear that the line of communication is open with both Bob and Cal McNair on a daily basis.
“We talk all the time,” O’Brien said of his relationship with Texans ownership. ”Almost every day, I would say. We’ve got to get better. Bottom-line business. We have to win. We all understand that. Bob (McNair) has made it very clear to me that we need to improve.”
With the lack of success, the Texans ownership has been quiet on all fronts until Texans Chairman and COO Cal McNair gave O’Brien a vote of confidence at the start of the week.
“We got a lot of season left, we got to play better but it is really one game at a time, McNair said at a Texans event supporting the March of Dimes. “We will be fine, Coach (Bill) O’Brien is going to be our coach, he will claw us back into this thing like he does. He is a great coach and we will get back into it one game at a time.”
That was the first public backing of O’Brien since the abysmal start of the season for the Texans and it appears there are no signs of O’Brien going anywhere in 2018. Even more so due to the extension that O’Brien landed heading into this season aligning his deal with new General Manager Brian Gaine that runs to the 2022 season.
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There is enough talent on the Texans roster and there is little reason for the team to be winless when they were the better team on paper in their matchups with the Tennessee Titans and the New York Giants. The chances of the Texans finding the playoffs is slim and to make matters worse, only 2% of teams that have started 0-3 have made the playoffs with the Buffalo Bills the last team to accomplish that feat in 1998.
“We just have to keep grinding,” O’Brien said of the Texans. “There’s no other way out of it. There’s no choice. I think when you have the role that I have, it’s easy. There’s no choice. You have to go to work and you have to figure it out. That’s sports, that’s life and that’s the way it is.”
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