Bill O’Brien’s future in Houston is pretty unclear. The Texans head coach is said to have a “toxic” and “dysfunctional” relationship with general manager Rick Smith, leading many people to believe he’ll be fired sometime in the offseason. But if O’Brien does, in fact, part ways with the team, there’s a chance he could land a job with the New York Giants.
As pointed out by Larry Brown Sports, O’Brien is rumored to be one of the top picks to replace Giants’ former head coach Ben McAdoo, who was ousted this month along with former general manager Jerry Reese.
Now that the Giants have hired Dave Gettleman to fill the GM position, they’re now looking at prospective head coaches, who reportedly include Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, as well as Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
“I really believe that the head coaching job is a CEO position,” Gettleman told reporters Friday. “It really is. You look at the great head coaches and I’ll tell you right now, there ain’t a dumb one in the group. They’re all leaders. They all know how to lead men. And that’s what you need. You need intelligence, you need leadership, and because on the assumption that you hired an intelligent guy, you’re gonna have a guy with vision. So those are the critical components you’re looking for.”
O’Brien has led Houston for four season and is 31-32 overall. After he was able to churn out three consecutive seasons at 9-7, the team fell to 4-11 this year following a slew of team injuries.