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Texans HC Admits The Need To Win

O'Brien Vows To Keep Working

September 24, 2018 - 4:47 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) –  Everyone is frustrated. The coaches are frustrated, the players are frustrated, the fans are frustrated.

After an 0-3 start to begin a year that was filled with high expectations, optimism and hope has quickly turned to low expectations, pessimism and hopelessness.

The offense can’t find the end zone, the offensive line is making a mistake every time you look up, the defense outside of J.J. Watt in week three hasn’t been able to pressure the quarterback and the secondary is having trouble defending wide receivers. 

Blame though falls on the guy at the top.  It falls on Bill O’Brien, the head coach of the Houston Texans.  O’Brien would be the first guy to tell you that he needs to coach better, that everyone needs to look at the mirror, but that ultimately all the praise, and in this case especially, and all the blame falls on the head coach. 

“We got to coach better. that’s what I’m always going to tell you, just try to figure out how to do a better job. We do have good guys. There’s nobody in the locker room that’s pointing a finger or blaming anybody, just got to get a win, just have to find a way to get a win,” O’Brien said after Sunday’s loss to the Giants.

Winning is important in the NFL, millions of dollars are given out with the expectation to win.  Even when O’Brien was surprisingly given a four-year extension earlier this year, the expectation was that he would rack up the victories as he finally had a quarterback, but he’s not winning. 

Critics would point out that his win percentage isn’t very high either.  Through 67 games into O’Brien’s NFL head coaching career, he has a 31-36 record and is 4-15 since the start of 2017.  In his first three years, O’Brien was 27-21.  When asked if O’Brien is the right guy for the job, he also admits it comes down to winning. 

“I think we have to win. So, we understand that. We understand why fans would be upset with us. We get it, that’s the game. The game is winning, we’re not winning,” O’Brien said.  “I’m not going to stand up here and give you a speech. We just need to win. We need to find a way to win, and hopefully they’ll stick with us.”