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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Barnwell: Texans vacancy most attractive

By Tania Ganguli

As the Texans work to make Bill O'Brien their next head coach, Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com assesses the best available head coaching jobs.

There's been discussion about whether the Lions job or the Texans job is the best. Barnwell goes with Houston:
"The Texans were the worst team in football, but they've got the first pick in the draft, at least two of the 50 best players in the league (Duane Brown and J.J. Watt), and enough of a defensive core to suggest that their turnaround could be a quick one. They've also been relatively patient with their coaches, as owner Bob McNair will be hiring just his third head coach in the franchise's 13-year existence."

Barnwell does think the Lions have the most talented roster among the teams with coaching vacancies. He doesn't necessarily think that's a positive, though. Having so many positions set means that the new coach won't be able to impact the roster as he sees fit.

He ranks Tampa Bay third, Washington fourth, Minnesota fifth and Cleveland last.