McNair: O’Brien Will Return In 2017

In the week leading up to their AFC Wild Card Game against the Oakland Raiders the Texans had to deal with all sorts of speculation about the future of head coach Bill O’Brien. After Saturday’s 27-14 win at NRG Stadium, Texans owner Bob McNair cleared all that up.

“I don’t know where they get that from,” McNair said from outside the Texans locker room. “There’s nothing to it. I’m not going to fire him. We are already talking about next year.”

O’Brien echoed a similar sentiment.

“I have a five-year contract here,” he said. “I have two years left on my contract. I’m looking forward to coaching here and I’m looking forward to getting ready for this next game.”

Saturday’s win is O’Brien’s first in the playoffs after finishing 9-7 in his three regular seasons since joining the Texans three years ago. The win over the Raiders is the third playoff win in franchise history, and the longest tenured Texans, Duane Brown, is glad he’s sticking around.

“He’s a great coach,” the nine-year veteran said. “He prepares us well week-to-week. He works us hard, but works us fair, and just a real dude. He doesn’t BS you. He’s very frank about his feelings, and you gotta respect that.”

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