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Texans brass not parting ways with Bill O'Brien

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Behind closed doors, the Texans feel the same way about head coach Bill O'Brien as they claim to in public. In short: He's not going anywhere.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that "Texans brass has made it clear to teams during the coaching search process that they won't lose Bill O'Brien, just as they've said publicly they won't fire him (Saturday)." This jibes with the reporting of Houston Chronicle NFL reporter John McClain, who Tweeted Saturday morning that he spoke personally with O'Brien, and that O'Brien "assured me he's not going anywhere and will continue coaching the Texans."

A week ago, Rapoport reported that teams needing a coach -- then a majority of the six teams with openings this winter -- would be interested in O'Brien's future should the Texans lose early in the postseason.

The grind of an NFL season can wear on relationships and cause plenty of mental fatigue. Whatever was motivating any potential separation between O'Brien and the Texans seems to be calming down. Houston may have realized that they have a coach who, in three seasons, has won the division twice and has never finished with a losing record.

Also, the only head coach opening right now is in San Francisco, which is far less desirable in terms of available personnel than in Houston.

The AFC South will inevitably get more competitive in the coming seasons. It wouldn't be wise for Houston to cast off a coach with a winning reputation when the formula has gone well thus far compared to many other teams.

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