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Monday, January 6, 2014
Texans retain DL coach, fire strength coaches

By Tania Ganguli

New Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien cleared out most of the previous staff of assistants, but on Monday he retained defensive line coach Bill Kollar. Kollar will continue to coach Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, a two-time Pro Bowl and All Pro selection.

Kollar has been the Texans defensive line coach since 2009.

O'Brien met with and fired strength and conditioning coaches Cedric Smith and Matt Schiotz this morning as well.

Meanwhile, a report from Penn State's Scout.com site says Penn State's strength and conditioning coach, Craig Fitzgerald, is leaving the program to come to Houston.

As I mentioned Saturday, the coaches who were fired were told that O'Brien already had a staff in mind. It surprised some of them, who expected an interview rather than the short two-minute meeting they got. Others, though, were not surprised because this is usually what new coaches do.

The meetings began on Saturday when eight coaches were fired including defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who had previously interviewed to become the Texans' head coach.

Phillips today tweeted this message: "To Texan suite sales-I am sorry,but because of recent changes I will Not renew my purchase of a suite.Hope u understand. Wade Phillips"

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison was also among the group of coaches fired on Saturday, as was running backs coach Chick Harris. Harris was the last remaining coach who had been with the franchise since its inception.