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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Building a staff next for O'Brien

By Tania Ganguli

On Monday, a day after the Texans' dismal 2013 season ended, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was asked if he would consider returning to the Texans as their defensive coordinator. He didn't rule it out.

Phillips interviewed for the job last week, but the Texans ultimately chose Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien instead. After Kubiak and special teams coordinator Joe Marciano was fired last month, I got a lot of questions about what coaches would be fired next.

The decision on which coaches continue with the Texans will be O'Brien's. It will likely be a combination of coaches he had at Penn State, coaches he's been with in the past and some coaches currently with the Texans. The Texans' current assistants will be considered to retain their positions, or possibly come back in other roles.

PennLive.com is reporting that O'Brien will bring with him Stan Hixon, his assistant head coach and wide receivers coach. They are basing this on a recruit saying Hixon informed him he would be going with O'Brien to Houston. Hixon has been at Penn State for O'Brien's two seasons. Prior to that he was a receivers coach at Buffalo and Washington.

Because O'Brien is an offensive coach, there's probably a better chance he keeps some of the Texans' defensive staff than its offensive staff. It's something we'll monitor over the next few weeks.