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Houston Texans’ Bill O’Brien becomes first NFL head coach to be fired this season


Denver Broncos v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Four weeks into the NFL’s 2020 regular season, the league has its first head coach firing: the Houston Texans have parted ways with head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien, as first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

O’Brien, who will likely be succeeded by Romeo Crennel in the short term, is leaving behind a team that is 0-4 and struggled on both sides of the ball despite being seen as a Super Bowl contender before the season.

The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator first arrived in Houston in 2014, and has since led the team to a 52-48 regular season record as well as a 2-4 record in the playoffs. The team has also won four AFC South titles under his leadership, while he also added general manager title in January. However, O’Brien’s team have consistently not lived up to the potential of its personnel while he also made some controversial decisions both on and off the field.