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Bill O’Brien: how one man fashioned the Texans in his own hellish image

Houston gave their head coach ultimate power. He has left them devoid of talent or any assets to rebuild for the futureIt is a testament to the job that Bill O’Brien did with the Texans that the firing of a head coach/general manager who led his franchise to four division titles, only one losing record, and back-to-back double-digit win seasons was overdue.As a reminder of the state of play when O’Brien was fired on Monday:– The Texans have the NFL’s highest payroll this year at $248m.– They are projected to be $6m over the salary cap this offseason.– Over the past 12 months, they have traded away Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins, two bonafide All-Pros, for a bag of nothing.– They do not have a first- or second-round pick in the next draft because of a trade that brought Laremy Tunsil from the Dolphins.– They have only four picks in the 2021 draft.– They are 0-4.– FiveThirtyEight projects them to finish the season with a 4-12 record, and gives them a 2% chance of making the playoffs.It is about as grim a outlook as any team in the league. O’Brien leaves the team devoid of talent – or the assets to get any in the immediate future.To give O’Brien his credit, he went out in the most Bill O’Brien way possible.Throughout his time in Houston, O’Brien won every power struggle – until he didn’t. He leveraged his

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