The Texans have asked the Rams for permission to speak with offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell about their head coaching vacancy (Twitter link via Albert Breer of The MMQB). It’s likely that the Rams will OK the request, given that O’Connell is already set to chat with the Vikings and Broncos.
O’Connell has been a popular name since taking over as Rams offensive coordinator in 2020. Following an impressive first season in Los Angeles, the Rams offense took a small step back in 2021, although this was mostly due to an inconsistent rushing attack.
In the last cycle, newly-hired Chargers coach Brandon Staley was interested in bringing O’Connell with him from the Rams. However, Rams HC Sean McVay blocked the lateral move, choosing instead to furnish O’Connell with more responsibilities (and, likely, a pay raise).
In addition to O’Connell, the Texans are also eyeing ex-Dolphins HC Brian Flores, Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon, Chargers OC Joe Lombardi, Patriots linebacker coach Jerod Mayo, and former Steelers star Hines Ward.