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Houston Texans Coaching Candidates

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The Houston Texans fired Head Coach/General Manager Bill O’Brien after a dismal 0-4 start to the season. The future of the Texans is in turmoil for the first time since Deshaun Watson took over as the starting quarterback. With little draft capital and very little cap space, there isn’t much that the Texans can do to get better. The one thing that the Texans do have that others don’t is Deshaun Watson. If the Houston Texans want to maximize Watson and his ability they should look into hiring an offensive minded coach.

The last thing the Texans want is to make their star QB unhappy. Whoever Watson wants as his next head coach is who they should interview immediately. There are reports that the favorites for the job right now are Eric Bieniemy (Chiefs) and Brian Schottenheimer (Seahawks). Let’s take a look at some of the options that can be the next head coach of the Texans. 

Eric Bieniemy, Kansas City Chiefs OC

Eric Bieniemy Houston Texans

Bieniemy will be considered for just about every open head coach position this offseason, as he should be. The Chiefs Offensive Coordinator has helped lead the Chiefs offense since 2013 and has helped turn the Chiefs offense into the most dynamic offense in the NFL the last 2 years. Having worked with Mahomes for the last 3 years, Bieniemy can bring what he did with Mahomes and the Chiefs to Watson and the Texans. Being able to maximize Watson is key for the Texans and Bieniemy is the best candidate to do that.

There are some questions whether the Chiefs success is due to Bieniemy or Andy Reid. Having worked with each other since 2013, Bieniemy has been able to learn the in and outs of Reid’s offense. There is no reason to believe Bieniemy can’t lead a dynamic offense with a QB like Deshaun Watson. The first call the Texans should make is to Eric Bieniemy after the Chiefs season ends. 

Brian Daboll, Buffalo Bills OC

Brian Daboll Houston Texans

Daboll has been the Bills OC for the last 3 years and this year has been the best by far. In his previous stints as the OC for the Browns, Dolphins, and Chiefs, the results have not been the best. But all of those teams never had a QB like Deshaun Watson. Daboll has transformed Josh Allen in year 3 into one of the best quarterbacks in the league and has Allen in serious MVP consideration. If Daboll’s offense is this good with Allen, just imagine how much better it could get with Deshaun Watson. Will the Texans want to hire another former Patriots coach after Bill O’Brien failed to work out? Daboll will bring the best out of Watson and bring the Texans to the next level on offense. 

Joe Brady, Carolina Panthers OC

Joe Brady

Brady is going to be a head coach in this league at some point. The questions are only when and where. After spending 2 seasons as an offensive assistant with the Saints, he then proceeded to help the LSU offense to a historic season. Now the offensive coordinator of the Panthers, Brady has helped Bridgewater play the best football of his career and the Panthers offense is shocking people without RB Christian Mccaffrey. The Texans have the pieces to compete for a playoff spot now. Taking a shot at a young coach with no head coaching experience could be a risk but Brady is an offensive guru and putting Deshaun Watson in Brady’s system could make Watson an MVP candidate. 

Matt Eberflus, Indianapolis Colts DC

Matt Eberflus Houston Texans
(Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

The first and only defensive coach on this is Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus. His defense in three years since joining the Colts were 11th, 16th and now 6th in defensive yards allowed. The Texans biggest issues are on the defensive side of the ball even with players like J.J Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Eberflus has made the most of the talent he has in Indy. Look at 2nd round pick Darius Leonard who was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and is one of the best WILL linebackers in the league.

Eberflus is likely not going to make Watson better but there are plenty of offensive minded assistants. This hire may not go over well for all Texans fans who want an offensive head coach but Eberflus can bring stability to the Texans. Right now the Texans need to steady the ship and move forward and Eberflus can do that.