When three straight seasons of 9-7 finishes devolve into a 4-10 debacle, the coach will inevitably start hearing rumors about his job security.
Bill O’Brien was aware of the Sunday report that his job is in jeopardy.
He was asked about the speculation in his Monday press conference, and the fourth-year coach would have none of it. When asked if he was considering leaving the team,
“I will never quit as the head football coach of the Houston Texans. Ever.”
When asked why this talk keeps emerging every year, O’Brien was stupefied,
“No idea. No idea. Why do you think they happen? Neither do I.”
O’Brien, obviously agitated, questioned the validity and veracity of the source of the rumor,
“I don’t know where these – I didn’t even read the story, I was told about it a little bit. So, I’m not sure where they come from. I think probably the best thing to do would be to ask the person who wrote it. Wouldn’t that be the smartest thing to do? To ask the person who wrote it where they get their info.”
He is referring to Jason LaCanfora of CBS, who reported almost the exact same rumor back in January. That rumor proved unfounded. LaCanfora also speculated O’Brien was the coach on the hottest seatentering 2016. He also reported O’Brien was interested in leaving the Texans for the open Maryland coaching job in 2015.
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