Posted By LambChop
In a not so surprise move, Gary Kubiak finally got canned after nearly a decade as the Houston Texans Head Coach. After years of frustration, tentative plays and botched draft picks, fans finally demanded Kubiak’s head. They got it.
Texan’s sweet-natured owner Bob McNair supposedly “did his homework” recruiting O’Brien who has been described as an “offensive coach.” Pundits are counting on the fact that O’Brien has a gift for mentoring young quarterbacks. Even McGloin credits his making it to the NFL to O'Brien's help. Except that McGloin is barely in the NFL – he’s with the Raiders. It could be time for a Texans intervention.
The problem? O’Brien is untested in the NFL in the only position that counts – Head Coach. O'Brien is only 44 -years old and worked for the New England Patriot’s Bill Belichick, first as an assistant from 2007 to 2011 and later as the offensive coordinator when the Patriot’s lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
O’Brien left the Pats two years ago to take over at Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Penn State was crippled with a bowl ban and emotional crisis after the loss of Joe Paterno and the horrendous headlines about Sandusky. O’Brien lead the Nittany Lions to a ho-hum 15-9 record (10-6 in the slow -paced Big Ten). Heaven forbid the Texans get a college coach from the SEC that might be better prepared.
It is highly doubtful that O’Brien can take a lot of credit for the offensive successes of the New England Patriots. With a cagey, brilliant and iron-fisted Head Coach like Belichick plus a once-in-a-lifetime talented quarterback like Tom Brady, it seems less than likely that O’Brien was the talent behind the talent.
A local Houston sports analyst eager to jump on the O’Brien bandwagon claimed that O’Brien is ”tough” was not “not afraid” to “get in a quarterback’s face,” citing dressing down of Tom Brady on the sidelines one Sunday. Big deal.
John Harris, a writer for the Houston Chronicle and O’Brien’s classmate at noted football university Brown (cough, cough) told an anecdote about O’Brien’s commitment to studying for one economics exam as proof that he will turn the Texans around. Frankly, Harris seems to be laying it on a bit thick.
Houstonians were weary with Kubiak’s “that’s on me” press conferences, moping around the sidelines and oddly shoe-blacked unmoving hair. He became a source of irritation for desperate Texan fans. But this fleshy, Big 10 yankee who went to Brown hardly seems like the solution. 15 and 9...in the Big 10. Really?