Conflicting Reports surrounding O'Brien's staff

Conflicting Reports surrounding O'Brien's staff
January 4, 2014, 9:45 am
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Bill O'Brien isn't wasting any time putting his staff together. Well, at least he's not wasting any time getting rid of the old one.

According to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez, O'Brien has fired what was left of the 2013 Texans coaching staff and will hire Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator.

But the Houston Chronicle's John McClain says that O'Brien is meeting with coaches all day Saturday and again on Monday. McClain said four haven't met with O'Brien, which would make it hard for them to be fired. ESPN's Tania Ganguli is also reporting the meetings are ongoing. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that O'Brien isn't expected to retain any of the coaches.

Either way, it appears that O'Brien wants Crennel as his defensive coordinator.

Crennel was most recently the head coach for the Chiefs in 2012. He was the defensive coordinator before that. From 2005-2008, he was the Browns head coach. Crennel was the DC in New England from 2001-2004, before O'Brien arrived.

If O'Brien has indeed fired or will fire the 2013 coaching staff, that means defensive coordinator and interim head coach Wade Phillips is without a job. Phillips said goodbye to Houston via Twitter late Saturday morning. It also means running backs coach Chick Harris, who has been with the team since the franchise began in 2002, is also out of work.