Bill O'Brien, the oft-vulgar, rarely competent coach of the Houston Texans "professsional" football team, recently became a bit snippy when it was suggested that his team's 5-3 record was shaky and illusory, given all that obviously is wrong with said team. You can't really blame him. Who among us does not get snippy when we have made a huge mistake that quite likely will cost us our job somewhere in the near future?
Coach O'Brien's current big mistake ("current" because it is only one among many, but it is a doozey) is the selection of young Brock Osweiler to lead the team to the Super Bowl. Apparently the coach developed an instant affinity for the 6-8 quarterback after seeing something of himself (incompetence at critical times, bad decision making, etc.) in young Mr. Osweiler. (Okay, using "etc." in an opinion piece is weak, so here is one bit of what I mean by etc.: O'Brien and Osweiler share another trait, which is the ability to get a really good job and make lots of money based on something other than an established history of high-level performance.)
Now we are hearing reports that tensions are spiking between O'Brien and Osweiler, yet another sign that O'Brien (were it even possible) is perhaps even more incompetent than the league's third-worst quarterback (don't let the statistics fool you; Osweiler is easily THE worst starting quarterback in the NFL). Out-coached not just on any given Sunday, but virtually every Sunday (and Monday night and Thursday night), O'Brien seems headed down yet another bad path that is commonly tread by bad coaches with bad decision-making skills: Blame the players that YOU helped draft and that YOU coach and for whom YOU call plays (not that Osweiler is capable of executing even a simple game plan, but hey, a third-grade Defensive Coordinator could easily decipher the Texan's run-run-pass , run-run-pass, run-run-pass...offense).
O'Brien should do the honorable thing and fall on his own sword in a last-ditch attempt to save the team and the season, though his job likely is as dead as his play calling. Admit that selecting Brock Osweiler to quarterback your team was a bone-headed idea of epic proportions, and let Tom Savage finish the season. Worse-case scenario, go back to last season's quarterback-du-jour situation, one that arguably might have had the Texans at 6-2 or 7-1 instead of 5-3 -- that's how awful Osweiler has been, and how lucky the Texans have been to have sufficient talent to plug the humongous whole created when J. J. Watt was lost for the season (sufficient talent and a soft schedule, to be more precise).
How likely is it that O'Brien will admit his mistake and try to convince Bob McNair to park the $72 million fake Rolls-Royce in the garage and break out the used Fiat for toodling around town? My guess is that human nature, with which O'Brien seems to be amply endowed, prevents the coach from suggesting such a drastic plan, and would anywise prevent McNair from implementing it even if O'Brien were to suggest it. But as the Motley Blogger always says: You never know.
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