The reality regarding coaching hires

Mailbag: As Texans' McNair outlined, failure rate is high for elevated coordinators

Originally Published: January 8, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

During the Bill O'Brien introductory news conference, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair explained why he was so adamant about hiring someone with head-coaching and NFL experience.

"The criteria was established based on the fact that the NFL is different than the collegiate scene," McNair said. "So that's why we wanted some NFL experience. In terms of being a head coach versus a coordinator, if you look at the record, the record is that coordinators have failed much more than they have succeeded. ...

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