Out With The Old: Bill O'Brien Era Begins With Staff Changes

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There's a new sheriff in town.
Of all the things that dictate success of a coaching regime, especially with a first time NFL head coach, the one thing that may be most important (and is almost certainly the most underplayed) is the assembly of a coaching staff.

You are who you roll with, who you surround yourself with, and in any walk of life -- business, education, football -- in leadership positions, you're only as good as the people you hire.

On Saturday, for Houston Texans new head coach Bill O'Brien, that process begun, swiftly and decisively.

Black Saturday. Battle Red Wedding. There are plenty of colorful metaphors and poignant adjectives to describe the mass terminations of the previous staff, but "surprising" is not one of them.

As Saturday afternoon unfolded, the remnants of the staff of the Kubiak Era reportedly went through the briefest of meetings with O'Brien. To call them "interviews," would be a misnomer, they're more like instructional briefs on where to pick up their package from H/R, information on COBRA benefits, and so forth. Not a fun process to be on either end of, O'Brien's or the ones being let go (and I say that as someone who, during my time in the business world pre-radio, has been on both ends of it).

The Twitter feed of John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported all of them as they happened:

You get the point.

McClain's Twitter feed read like John Belushi's rant in Animal House where he listed all of the Omegas and Faber staff that he wanted to destroy (only pretend that the Omegas and Faber staff were assistant coaches of a 2-14 football team).

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After the presser O'Brien also tried to fire John McClain, Toro, Marc VanderMeer, Andre Ware, all 57 cheerleaders, and Cal McNair.


Coming off a 2-14 season, there's no reason to keep anyone from the coaching staff.  (But there's the nagging feeling that McNair's retention of Rick Smith bodes ill for the Texans.)  So now the new regime begins.  Lotsaluck.

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