Tom Brady disagrees with Texans’ decision to fire Bill O’Brien
Tom Brady doesn’t count himself among the majority of people who believe the Houston Texans had no choice but to fire Bill O’Brien following an 0-4 start and a series of personnel missteps.
In fact, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, who has a history with O’Brien going back to his days with the New England Patriots, said the Texans’ decision doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.”
The Texans finally pulled the trigger Monday on what was believed to be an inevitable move by relieving O’Brien of both his head coach and general manager positions within the organization. The decision came after the Texans dropped to 0-4 Sunday with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Speaking to Jim Gray during his weekly appearance on Westwood One Sports’ coverage of “Monday Night Football,” Brady weighed in on the news that hardly came as a surprise to most NFL insiders and prompted a collective sigh of relief among a majority of Texans fans.
“That was really tough to see,” Brady said, per TMZ Sports. “I’ve known Billy for a long time, and I think he’s a hell of a coach. … I think he has great leadership ability. It’s a very difficult part of the profession, and I thought he did a great job in Houston over the years.”
O’Brien of course is part of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. He joined the Patriots coaching staff as an offensive assistant in 2007 and served as wide receivers coach (2008) and quarterbacks coach (2009-10) before spending the 2011 season as offensive coordinator. He coached at Penn State from 2012-13 before getting hired by the Texans in 2014.
Across seven seasons in Houston, O’Brien compiled a 52-48 record, though he did lead the team to four AFC South division titles over the past five seasons.
O’Brien assumed general manager duties in January 2020, only to make a series of moves that were almost universally derided, missteps highlighted by the much-maligned trade of DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.
Brady’s unfavorable opinion of the Texans’ decision to part ways with O’Brien of course presumably stems in large part to his loyalty to his onetime coach.
What’s more, the Bucs signal-caller arguably is among an infinitesimally small group that believes sending O’Brien packing was a bad call by the reeling Texans.
“I think he does a great job,” Brady said of O’Brien.
Again, Brady is probably one of few people who feels this way about the long-embattled and now-fired head coach.