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Is McNair's coaching criteria necessary?

No news yet on the Houston Texans' next head coach, but something to chew on while you wait ...

With the goal of a championship in mind, owner Bob McNair outlined what he wanted from the team's next head coach.

He wanted someone with NFL experience and head coaching experience, not necessarily at the same time. That fits Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, who was the Patriots offensive coordinator before his current post.

I went back through the coaches who have won Super Bowls since 2000 to see how many matched McNair's criteria when hired by the team with which they won the Super Bowl.

The list: John Harbaugh (Ravens), Tom Coughlin (twice with Giants), Mike McCarthy (Packers), Sean Payton (Saints), Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Tony Dungy (Colts), Bill Cowher (Steelers), Bill Belichick (three times with the Patriots), Jon Gruden (Buccaneers), Brian Billick (Ravens) and Dick Vermeil (Rams).

All of those 11 coaches had some variation of NFL coaching experience before being hired at those jobs. Harbaugh, McCarthy, Payton, Tomlin, Cowher and Billick had never been head coaches prior.

Coughlin had previously been the Jaguars' head coach and a head coach at Boston College before that. Dungy had prior been the Buccaneers' head coach. Belichick was the Jets and Browns' head coach before winding up with the Patriots. Gruden coached the Raiders before winning a Super Bowl with the Bucs, and Vermeil was the head coach at UCLA and for the Eagles before coaching the Rams.

With a basically even split, it seems it's really a matter of what makes one most comfortable.