17 Facts For Each Minute Of Texans Teleconference With Season-Ticket Holders

These are the facts about Bill O’Brien’s division titles as Texans head coach

Landry Locker
April 05, 2020 - 11:49 am

(SportsRadio 610) – All of my SportsRadio 610 teammates have voiced their opinions about the direction the Texans organization following Friday’s teleconference.

My co-host, the O.G. John Lopez, wrote an opinion column on Texans head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien following the call and later on in the night I joined all of the 610 on-air staff for two hours of special programming to react to the words of O’Brien, executive vice president Jack Easterby and owner Cal McNair.

I love my team -- T-E-A-M -- but I want to try something different.

Listen to In The Loop with Lopez and Landry Monday-Friday 10-2 p.m. on SportsRadio 610 for my opinions. In this piece, I’m only presenting facts. No opinions, facts.

When asked for his final words during the teleconference, O’Brien mentioned that the Texans have won four of six division titles during his tenure.

That’s a fact.

O’Brien has mentioned division titles in every Q&A public setting he has had since the conclusion of the 2019 season and twice before the 2019 playoffs even started. Yes, you read that right, O’Brien mentioned his four division titles twice before the 2019 playoffs even started.

Monday, Dec. 23 before the Week 17 matchup against Tennessee: “To be here with these players and this staff for six years and win four division titles, I think that’s pretty good,” O’Brien said.

Monday, Dec. 30, the week of the divisional round matchup against Buffalo, Brian T. Smith asked a question about O’Brien’s previous claim that his team had been inconsistent and BOB mentioned division titles, again: “I said that about inconsistency, and I was right. I just think that we’ve had some pretty good wins here, and we’ve won the division two years in a row, four out of five. I think that’s OK,” O’Brien said.

I could say O’Brien mentions division titles too often and that there’s a massive gray area to the achievement he constantly hangs his hat on, but those would be opinions.

Without further ado and before I break my promise, I present facts about O’Brien’s division titles as head coach of the Texans.

Facts Part One: 2015 and 2016 Division Titles

Fact No. 1: 36-60 was the combined record of the rest of the division.

Fact No. 2: The head coaches for the other teams in the division were Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Mularkey, Gus Bradley and Chuck Pagano.

Fact No. 3: The Texans quarterbacks were Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, Brandon Weeden, T.J. Yates, Brock Osweiler, and Tom Savage.

Starts each: Hoyer (9), Mallett (4), Yates (2), Weeden (1), Osweiler (14) and Savage (2).

Fact No. 4: The quarterbacks for the other teams in the division were Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota, Zach Mettenberger, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck and Andrew Luck.

Fact No. 5: Luck started just 22 games in that two-year span, including 15 in 2016, a year in which he credited the beating he took for why he retired at the age of 29 before the 2019 season.

Here’s a quote from Luck about the 2016 season during his retirement press conference last August:

“After 2016, when I played in pain and was unable to regularly practice, I made a vow to myself that I would not go down that path again. I find myself in a similar situation and the only way forward for me is to remove myself from football and this cycle that I've been in.”

Fact No. 6: O’Brien’s offensive ranks in points/yards per-game:

  • 2015: 22nd/19th
  • 2016: 29th/29th

Fact No. 7: Defensive ranks in points/yards per-game:

  • 2015: 7th/3rd
  • 2016: 11th/1st

Fact No. 8: The Texans record was 9-7 in both 2015 and 2016.

Facts Part Two: 2018 and 2019 Division Title/Other Facts

Fact No. 9: Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel has gone 9-7 his first two seasons without winning a division title.

Fact No. 10: Despite not winning a division title in his first two seasons, Vrabel has as many career playoff wins as O’Brien does in his six-year career (two) and has done something O’Brien has never done: make it to the AFC Championship game.

Fact No. 11: A team in the division went further in the playoffs than the AFC South champion Texans in both 2018 and 2019.

Indianapolis, who defeated the Texans 21-7 in the Wild Card round, advanced to the divisional round of the 2018 playoffs.

In 2019, the Texans were eliminated in the divisional round after blowing a 24-0 lead in Kansas City, but Tennessee went to the AFC Championship Game.

Fact No. 12: O’Brien’s career record in AFC South games is 23-14 (includes playoff loss to Colts in 2018).

10-2 vs Jacksonville

8-5 vs Tennessee

5-7 vs Indianapolis (One playoff loss)

Fact No. 13: The AFC South starting quarterbacks O’Brien’s Texans have won and lost to in his six seasons.

Wins:

Blake Bortles 8X

Zach Mettenberger 4X

Andrew Luck 3X (Twice in 2016)

Marcus Mariota 3X

Gardner Minshew 2X

Matt Hasselbeck

Jacoby Brissett

Ryan Tannehill

Losses:

Andrew Luck 4X (Playoff loss in 2018 divisional round)

Jacoby Brissett 3X

Blake Bortles 2X

Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Cassell

Marcus Mariota

Blaine Gabbert

Ryan Tannehill

Fact No. 14: Doug Marrone is the only current AFC South coach O’Brien has a winning record against.

Fact No. 15: O’Brien’s record against current AFC South coaches is 8-7.

4-2 vs Marrone

2-2 vs Vrabel

2-3 vs Frank Reich

Fact No. 16: O’Brien’s All-Time head-to-head record against AFC South coaches.

6-0 vs Bradley

3-0 vs Whisenhunt

4-2 vs Marrone

3-2 vs Mularkey

2-2 vs Vrabel

2-3 vs Reich

3-5 vs Pagano

Fact No. 17: Every other team in the AFC South has been to the AFC Championship in O’Brien’s six years as head coach.

Indianapolis in 2014, Jacksonville in 2017 and Vrabel’s Titans in 2019.

The Texans are the only team in the division that hasn’t been to the conference championship game during the O’Brien era.

Those are facts, 17 of them. One for about each minute of the conference call, which lasted a little over 16 minutes. I’ll let you come to your own opinion, but these are facts, F-A-C-T-S, facts.