HOUSTON – New head coach Bill O’Brien has a lot to get done now that he is officially the new head coach of the Houston Texans. One of those tasks is to build his coaching staff.
On Friday, O’Brien made it clear he would meet with all the current members of the Texans coaching staff.
“I’m going to sit down with every member of the Houston Texans staff tomorrow (Saturday). It will be a long day,” O’Brien said. “We’ll sit down and we’ll talk and we’ll meet eye ball to eye ball. That’ll be good.”
Defensive coordinator and former interim coach Wade Phillips is one of the coaches O’Brien will talk to. He laid out what he expects from his coaching staff at his press conference.
“We’ll put together a staff of great teachers, demanding coaches. Coaches that hold their players accountable for good play,” O’Brien said. “We’ll put together a staff of coaches who have a passion for football, that are good family men, that understand it’s important to go home. I think that’s important and we’ll have a really good staff of guys here to coach for the Houston Texans.”
There have been multiple reports regarding who O’Brien will bring to Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that former Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel could be a possible defensive coordinator.
O’Brien was asked about his choice of defensive scheme, but would not elaborate on whether he prefers a 4-3 or a 3-4, like the Texans have used the past 3 seasons.
“Everybody wants to pin you down and ask you if you’re going to be a 3-4 guy or a 4-3 guy,” O’Brien said. “To me, I think, right now, about 70 percent of games are played in nickel and dime defense because of the type of league it is. We’ll evaluate the personnel on this team. We’ll do a really good job of putting together a good football team and we’ll adapt the systems to the players that we bring into this program.”