After the Houston Texans' win over the Oakland Raiders in the wildcard round of the playoffs by a score of 27-14, Texans owner Bob McNair stopped all the speculation on the potential firing of Bill O’Brien by stating simply,
“No, I don’t know where they get that from." explained McNair. "There’s nothing to it. I’m not going to fire him. We are already talking about next year. Forget that. If I were you, I wouldn’t repeat it because it’s false.”
O’Brien has had three consecutive winning seasons for the Texans and locked up the first playoff win of his coaching tenure, which was also the first for the Texans since 2012. O’Brien is 27-21 over his first three regular seasons, marking the best start by a head coach in franchise history.
“I have a five-year contract here. I have two years left on my contract. I’m looking forward to coaching here and I’m looking forward to getting ready for this next game." explained O'Brien “I have always been proud to be the head coach of this team, with these players; they play so hard. We work them hard here and it is a great reward for them to get a playoff victory.”
Speculation has been running rampant after an initial Jay Glazer report stating there were issues between O'Brien and the front office, but now McNair has put an end to any speculation on O'Brien's potential firing. There were plenty in the front office that were not pleased with the Glazer report and adamantly denied any truth to the initial rumors of O'Brien being gone be season's end.