McNair: Will Consider O’Brien Extension After 2017 Season

By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has two-years remaining on his current contract after signing a five year deal which began with the 2014 season.

While the outcome of O’Brien’s third season disappointed, it was still among the best seasons in franchise history as the Texans won their second consecutive AFC South championship and an AFC Wild Card round victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Texans, who at one point during the postseason run were rumored to have considered moving on from O’Brien, are committed to the fourth-year coach for at least one more season.

“We’ll talk to him about it at the end of this year,” owner Bob McNair told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. “That’s typically when we do that sort of thing.”

There were several reports during the week of the Super Bowl in Houston that indicated that O’Brien was upset at his role and that Brock Osweiler was forced onto him for the 2015 season after a lack of success at the position his first two years. O’Brien reiterated that he had two remaining years on his contract and that he was looking to complete his contract.

The Texans jettisoned Osweiler earlier in the off-season in an unorthodox trade with the Cleveland Browns, sending Osweiler and a second round pick in 2018 for a 2017 fourth round pick and corresponding cap space to potentially sign Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo should he be released.

If Romo becomes available, the Texans would hope to be one of the better teams in the AFC in 2017 and would give McNair the opportunity to evaluate his coach for one more season before offering him an extension.

“We’ll sit down and see what he’s (O’Brien) happy with and if he wants to be extended and see how we feel,” McNair told the Houston Chronicle. 

Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

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