- Tania Ganguli, ESPN Staff Writer
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Even before most of the former members of the Texans coaching staff were called into new head coach Bill O'Brien's office for a handshake and a goodbye, O'Brien had in mind a lot of the staff he wanted with him in Houston.
Several coaches flew down in the following week to begin work. The hiring process unfolded little by little in the next few weeks. O'Brien, though, remained mum all the while, only saying that his good friend Jim Bernhardt, his right-hand man, would join him in some capacity
O'Brien had determined to announce his staff once it was complete, and that day is apparently today.
The Texans announced the hiring of 16 assistant coaches today, including Bernhardt's position as director of football research. They also announced the retention of special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky, who joins defensive line coach Bill Kollar as the two holdovers fromKubiak's staff.
From their official release:
The following were added to O’Brien’s staff: Romeo Crennel (defensive coordinator), Jim Bernhardt (Director of Football Research), John Butler (secondary), Doug Colman (assistant special teams), Paul Dunn (offensive line), Craig Fitzgerald (head strength and conditioning), George Godsey (quarterbacks), Sean Hayes (assistant strength and conditioning), Stan Hixon (wide receivers), Tim Kelly (offensive quality control), Will Lawing (defensive quality control), Charles London (running backs), Anthony Midget (assistant secondary), John Perry (tight ends), Anthony Pleasant (assistant strength and conditioning) and Mike Vrabel (linebackers).
“We’ve put together a great staff of enthusiastic and passionate coaches with good character who have successful backgrounds in coaching,” O’Brien said. “It was important to put together a group who will be great teachers and I’m excited to begin our preparations for the 2014 season.”
Bernhardt, Butler, Fitzgerald, Hayes, Hixon, London, Midget and Pleasant were all with O'Brien at Penn State. Godsey was one of the first quarterbacks with whom O'Brien worked. He was the quarterback at Georgia Tech when O'Brien coached the position and was offensive coordinator there. Godsey was previously the Patriots' tight ends coach.
As expected, O'Brien, who will call plays on offense, won't have an offensive coordinator, at least for the first year he coaches. Some more perspective on that decision from this post I did a few weeks ago. .