Texans coach Bill O’Brien to make ‘he goes or I go’ pitch to owner
Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien doesn’t yet know his fate beyond 2017 after an injury-plagued season that has them entering Sunday’s contest with the Indianapolis Colts at 4-11, but he still prepared to shove what little chips he has left to the center of the table.
O’Brien is apparently preparing to make a demand that either he or Texans general manager Rick Smith must be fired because of philosophical differences between the two, according to a report from Alex Marvez of Sporting News.
The two haven’t seen eye to eye on a number of personnel decisions and that has created a tense working environment. So, in addition to asking for Smith to be fired or for himself to be let go, he’ll reportedly also ask for some influence in the hiring of Smith’s replacement so he can have more say in personnel.
The problem in this is that O’Brien is only under contract for one more season while Smith was extended last year through the 2020 season. So cutting ties with O’Brien is significantly more painless than getting rid of Smith, and then there’s the added possibility that an ultimatum will anger Texans owner Bob McNair if he hasn’t already made a decision.