Coaching Rumors: Texans, Kubiaks, Cowboys

The Texans got embarrassed Sunday as they blew a 24-point lead in the playoffs to the Chiefs, but don’t expect any major coaching changes. It doesn’t look like Bill O’Brien is going anywhere, and his top assistant coach seems to be safe for now as well. O’Brien said after the game that he anticipates defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel being back next year, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). Seemingly every year there is speculation that the 72-year-old legendary coach will retire or get pushed out, but he’s been able to stick.

Here’s the latest from the coaching world:

  • With Kevin Stefanski leaving to become the next head coach of the Browns, the Vikings will need to find a new offensive coordinator. Both Gary and Klint Kubiak are on staff, and Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune both floated them as potential favorites for the gig (Twitter links). Goessling noted in a separate tweet that both Kubiaks have a strong relationship with Stefanski, and that “they’d talked about working together last year if Stefanski got the job in Cleveland.” Stefanski was a finalist for the gig that ended up going to Freddie Kitchens. The elder Kubiak is a seasoned vet with a lot of head-coaching and coordinating experience, while his son Klint served as Minnesota’s quarterbacks coach this past year. It sounds like the Vikings could opt for continuity for Kirk Cousins.
  • The Cowboys have a new secondary coach after letting go of Kris Richard. Dallas is hiring Maurice Linguist away from Texas A&M to fill that role, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Linguist had been the cornerbacks coach at A&M. He had previously coached under P.J. Fleck at the University of Minnesota. Mike McCarthy continues to flesh out his inaugural Cowboys staff.
  • The Dolphins will have two new coordinators in 2020, and they’ll also have a new quarterbacks coach. Miami is hiring Robby Brown to fill that role, a source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (Twitter link). Brown first served as an assistant coach in the college ranks for a handful of years, and then was an offensive quality control coach with the Jets for a few seasons. While in New York he worked under new Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, so this hiring makes some sense.
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15 comments on “Coaching Rumors: Texans, Kubiaks, Cowboys

  1. clubber_lang84

    Billy O needs to go, he looked so lost when that KC buzz saw started up.

  2. puddles

    Texans need to shake it up. BoB gets outcoached too often. Gave him free reign to trade all the draft picks and try to win… came up clearly short. Crennels defenses are just too passive at this point… never seem to be able to get off the field on 3rd down. Don’t really know who the right options are though I guess.

    • Booger91184

      Wade Phillips is out there as or Kris Richard. For new DC I think we know O’Brian isn’t going to do right thing and make a change that would help them. Not that he should still be the HC at that. This isn’t coming from a Texans loyalist either tho

    • frank858

      What about Wade Phillips, he and the Rams went different directions. That is if he’s willing to still continue to coach. His sole purpose for leaving Denver was to go LA to coach an spend time with his daughter and grandchildren. So he might retire.

  3. Booger91184

    Wade Phillips is out there as or Kris Richard. For new DC I think we know O’Brian isn’t going to do right thing and make a change that would help them. Not that he should still be the HC at that. This isn’t coming from a Texans loyalist either tho

  4. itslonelyatthetrop

    I can’t see Bill O’Brien forcing Crennel out. Too much respect there.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    If every DC that gets burned by Mahomes gets fired that will create a lot of openings. Will also mention I like how new comments are highlighted. Not sure why there are never links to coaches though.

  6. kpak

    Houston is like a car that reaches 70 mph and backfires, every single time!

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