Vikings win over the Texans resulted in a head coach getting fired
By Adam Patrick
After losing the Minnesota Vikings, the Houston Texans have fired Bill O’Brien.
Sunday’s matchup inside NRG Stadium featured two teams in the Minnesota Vikings and Houston Texans that were both looking for their first win of the 2020 season.
In the end, the Vikings were able to hold onto a victory and the Texans walked off of their home field with an 0-4 record for the first time since 2008.
The win should give Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer a brief break from fans calling for his job. Unfortunately for Bill O’Brien though, his last game as Houston’s head coach wound up being on Sunday.
Houston Texans fire head coach after loss to the Minnesota Vikings
On Monday, the Texans decided to make a big change to their organization just four weeks into the 2020 season and they relieved O’Brien of his duties as both the head coach and general manager.
He had been the head coach for Houston since 2014, the same year in which the Vikings hired Zimmer to be their head coach. During O’Brien’s tenure with the Texans, the team won 52 percent of their regular-season games, they captured four AFC South titles, and they won two playoff contests in four trips to the postseason.
His status with the organization really took a hit earlier this year when he decided to trade Houston’s top receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round draft pick, and a 2021 fourth-round draft selection.
So far this season, it’s turned out to be a disaster of a decision and pretty much everyone knew it would be when the trade went down.
With O’Brien now gone, the Texans have promoted defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to be the team’s interim head coach.
Houston’s head coaching vacancy could turn out to be one that draws a lot of interest from potential candidates since the team already has a franchise quarterback in place in Deshaun Watson.
If the Texans end up finding a head coach who can get the most out of Watson and lead the franchise to multiple years of success, then they should thank Minnesota for helping them get that process started.