Bill O’Brien cleans house in Houston

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Newly appointed head coach of the Houston Texans, Bill O’Brien made haste when firing off Gary Kubiak’s former coaching staff.

Bill Kollar, the defensive line coach of the Texans this past season was one of the few assistants to remain with the team. Kollar has been with the team in his current position since 2009, and has been one of the best D-line coaches in the NFL.

The Texans also boast one of the best defensive front lines in the NFL, with J.J. Watt at the helm. Watt is a two-time Pro-Bowler and All-Pro selection.

Conditioning coaches Cedric Smith and Matt Schiotz, met with O’Brien this morning and were both fired. It has been reported by Penn State’s Scout.com that O’Brien’s former strength and conditioning coach at Penn State, Craig Fitzgerald, will be leaving the program to join the Texans.
More coaches expected to follow O’Brien from Penn State are Charles London and John Butler.

On Saturday, O’Brien released defensive coordinator Wade Phillips along with offensive coordinator, Rick Dennison.

The next day, O’Brien axed position coaches Karl Dorrell (quarterbacks), Chick Harris (running backs), Larry Kirksey (receivers), Brian Pariani (tight ends), Reggie Herring (linebackers) and Vance Joseph (defensive backs).

These moves may seem a bit premature to some fans, but this type of fire sale is common for a new head coach.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Romeo Crennel is considered to be the front-runner to replace Phillips at defensive coordinator. Crennel has been the head coach in Cleveland and Kansas City as well as the defensive coordinator for Cleveland, New England, and the New York Giants.


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