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Bill O'Brien
Head Coach

Bill O’Brien was named the third head coach in Houston Texans history on Jan. 3, 2014. He is in his fourth season with the Texans and has 25 years of collegiate and NFL coaching experience.

In his first three years (2014-16), O’Brien has led the Texans to three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history and back-to-back AFC South division championships. He is just the 14th coach since 1978 to begin his NFL head coaching career with three consecutive winning seasons and his 28 career victories are the most by any head coach in franchise history through their first three years.

In his first three years (2014-16), O’Brien has led the Texans to three straight winning seasons for the first time in franchise history and back-to-back AFC South division championships. He is just the 14th coach since 1978 to begin his NFL head coaching career with three consecutive winning seasons and his 28 career victories are the most by any head coach in franchise history through their first three years.

In 2016, Houston defeated the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Wild Card Round and advanced to the Divisional Round for the first time since 2012. The Texans finished the season with the NFL’s topranked defense for the first time in franchise history, surrendering an average of only 301.3 total net yards per game. The team also posted a 7-1 record at home during the regular season, which set a single-season franchise record and tied for the best home record in the NFL. DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after posting personal bests in tackles (52), sacks (6.0), tackles for loss (16), quarterback hits (17) and games played/started (14). ILB Benardrick McKinney led the Texans and finished 11th in the NFL (sixth in the AFC) with a single-season career-high 129 tackles and 5.0 sacks.

On offense, the Texans finished with the eighth-most rushing yards in the NFL in 2016, averaging 116.2 per game. RB Lamar Miller became the fourth player in franchise history with a 1,000 yards rushing in a season. As a team over the last three seasons, Houston ranks third in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in rushing yards. Additionally in 2016, the tight end group of C.J. Fiedorowicz, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson posted the most receptions (115) and receiving yards (1,094) in a single season in franchise history. Houston recorded a 5-1 record against AFC South opponents in 2016, which tied the best single-season winning percentage against the division in team history, and have 14 wins against their division since 2014, which is tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the most in the NFL over that span.

Under O’Brien (2014-17), the Texans are also 18-0 when leading at halftime of a regular season game and the only team in the NFL that has not given up a halftime lead since 2014. The Texans also finished the regular season with only 87 penalties accepted against them, which was the lowest total in the NFL. In 2015, Houston became the first NFL team since 1950 to make the playoffs with four different starting quarterbacks winning a game during the regular season when they won the AFC South division championship for the first time since 2012.

WR DeAndre Hopkins became the third-youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 receptions and 3,000 receiving yards for his career. That year, he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after posting career highs with 111 receptions for 1,521 yards and a franchise-record 11 receiving touchdowns. His receiving totals ranked among the best in the NFL, as he finished third in catches and yards and tied for seventh in touchdowns.

On the ground, the Texans averaged 108.2 rushing yards per game for the season and 135.1 yards over the final seven weeks of 2015. After RB Arian Foster was placed on Injured Reserve on Oct. 27, RB Alfred Blue stepped in to lead the team with a career high 698 rushing yards, to go along with three 100-yard rushing games. The Texans also received strong contributions from their defense in 2015 as they finished third in the NFL in total yards (310.2) and passing yards (210.4) allowed per game, fifth in opponent completion percentage (59.0) and seventh in points allowed per game (19.6). Houston set franchise single-season records for sacks (45) and opponent third-down percentage (28.5), which was also the lowest mark by any NFL team since the 2003 Tennessee Titans (27.7). DE J.J. Watt won his third Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the league with 17.5 sacks, 50 quarterback hits and 29 tackles for loss.

In 2014, O’Brien’s first year as the franchise’s head coach, Houston’s seven-win improvement from 2013 led the NFL and made the Texans the sixth team since 1978 to post a winning season following a season in which it won two or less games. The Texans just missed the playoffs as the last team out in the AFC and O’Brien finished second in NFL AP Coach of the Year voting to Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians.

O’Brien earned his first victory as head coach of the Texans with a 17-6 season-opening win against Washington at NRG Stadium, ending Houston’s 14-game losing streak in the process. Following a Week 10 bye, Houston went 5-2 with three different starting quarterbacks leading the Texans to wins down the stretch. The Texans also led the NFL in takeaways with a franchise-record 34 and became just the third team in the last 20 years to lead the league in takeaways after finishing last the year before. On offense, the Texans ran the ball a league-high 51.9 percent of the time and posted an AFC-best eight individual 100-yard rushing performances in 2014. Houston’s 135.1 yards rushing per game ranked fifth in the NFL and was the second-highest mark in franchise
history. Foster, who earned his fourth Pro Bowl honor, eclipsed the 100-yard mark in seven of the 13 games he played in as he rushed for 1,246 yards and scored 13 total touchdowns.

Due to injuries, quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett and Case Keenum each started at least two games under center for the Texans and combined to lead the team to wins in five of the last Bill O'Brien's 28 career victories are the most by any coach in franchise history through their first three years.

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