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Sep 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA: Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien watches from the sideline as they take on the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

As reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle on Monday, the Texans have fired head coach and interim GM Bill O’Brien. The decision comes after Houston sputtered to an 0-4 start.

Romeo Crennel will take over as the Texans’ interim head coach, as confirmed by Texans owner Cal McNair in a statement on Twitter.

O’Brien had just started his seventh season as Texans head coach. He finished with a 52-48 (.520) overall record in 100 regular season games. Houston won the AFC South four times and went 2-4 in six playoff games under O’Brien, whose best season came in 2018 when the Texans went 11-5 and lost in the divisional round. O’Brien spent one season as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator before leaving the NFL to coach Penn State for two seasons, then returning to take the Texans job.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Texans vice president Jack Easterby is expected to play a major role in helping McNair identify the team’s next head coach. Easterby is also a former Patriots employee, previously serving as their character coach before joining Houston.

Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, O’Brien and Easterby “had not seen eye-to-eye recently.” O’Brien’s firing comes after a report that he was planning on taking a bigger role in play-calling and game-planning.

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