Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL news topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.
On Thursday, the 2020-21 NFL season officially begun and as a Chiefs fan, I couldn’t be any happier as the Chiefs demolished the Texans 34-20. This is largely due to the breakout game of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs defensive line, and many more players/units on that franchise. On the other hand, the Texans were atrocious throughout the whole game and the main person to blame for this no other than Texans’ head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien.
While he isn’t calling the plays this season, he is at fault for the numerous failures that have been produced during his tenure. Bill O’Brien should be fired before the season ends and here’s why:
1. He’s terrible as a general manager
You are probably wondering where we should begin and why don’t we start off with the Hopkins trade. O’Brien traded Hopkins for David Johnson who hasn’t been productive since 2016 and, not a first-round, a second-round pick! On how you don’t get a first-round pick for a three-time all-pro, one of the best receivers in the league, and the best Texans receiver to put on the uniform since Andre Johnson is beyond me. Even Madden would’ve accepted a trade that would give a first-round pick to the Texans for Hopkins and Madden players know how bad the trading system sometimes is.
For reference, here are a few receivers that were traded for a first-round pick: Percy Harvin, Brandin Cooks (TWICE), Odell Beckham Jr., Randy Moss, Amari Cooper, and Keyshawn Johnson.
Let’s also call into question the signing of Randall Cobb. The Texans are paying $18 million guaranteed to Randall Cobb who is only fourth on the depth chart. Don’t you think that’s a bit pricey O’Brien for someone who isn’t even starting or is even your main slot receiver?
2. His play-calling
Remember when the Texans had one of the biggest leads in recent playoff history (24-0) and then, somehow, blowing it and losing 51-31? Well for every NFL fan, it’s still remembered and talked about as one of the biggest blunders in Texans history and it’s all thanks to O’Brien’s play-calling. According to SBNation, the Texans had a chance to go up 28-0 in the second quarter but instead kicked a field goal. Why do you ask? It’s due to that O’Brien didn’t realize that it was fourth down.
Also, no one can forget the horrid fake punt that failed miserably and gave the Chiefs motivation to score 51 unanswered points.
Another recent example would be when the Texans played the Colts in the playoffs back in 2018. Do you know what O’Brien thought was a smart idea? To go for it on fourth down five times and ultimately failing three of those times. Due to that, it was one of the main factors why they lost that game 21-7.
3. The fans even believe it’s time to let him go
How bad is it you ask? Well, there is a literally petition on change.org that has over 23,000+ signatures that wants Bill O’Brien removed from the team.
Blake Toon, a fan of the Texans who started this petition, stated that:
Our team is fully capable of making our way to the national championship… Only one thing stands in our way. The HORRIBLE coaching from Bill O’Brien is ANNIHILATING our chances for this team to go anywhere. The play calls are bad, the decision making is bad, and so many other things are just plain BAD.– Blake Toon
Here is the link to the petition if you want to sign it:
Addressing the other side
But O’Brien isn’t calling the plays anymore
That doesn’t mean my point about the play-calling is invalid. Due to his play-calling, the Texans have failed time and time again. He has led the Texans to a path of failure and uncertainty that’ll never go away until he’s gone for good.
There are still many other instances where O’Brien has cost you playoff appearances and games, especially on 4th down. SBNation did a deep dive into this and I’ll link the article down below!
Well, he has won more games than he’s lost
While he is 52-45 all-time in his coaching career, that means absolutely nothing for him. Sure, he’s given the Texans four divisional titles in the past five years, but half of those times were one game exits (Chiefs 2015 and Colts 2018) and when they actually advanced from the first round, they were obliterated by double digits the other two times (Patriots 2016 and Chiefs 2019). He’s 2-4 in the postseason, which isn’t amazing at all. He may be winning you some games, but you’ll never see an AFC Championship or a Super Bowl as long as he’s around.
He was able to snag Watson in 2017
While that may be true, he was also the one who wanted Brock Osweiler in the first place. He was sold after talking to Osweiler’s old coordinator Noah Mazzone, watching all of his tapes, and so on. He told the owner and the general manager at the time to sign him immediately. After a year, the Texans traded him away after the failure of a season Osweiler brought upon them.
Honestly, one good thing doesn’t account for the rest of the questionable signings, trades, play calls, etc that he thought was a great idea until it turned out that it was terrible.
In closing, that’s the case for why I believe Bill O’Brien should be fired as soon as possible. The Texans future looks bright, but it’ll forever be dim as long as O’Brien is leading the team. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day!