Sunday's battle for last place supremacy in the AFC South just got a whole lot more interesting.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Houston Texans have fired head coach Bill O'Brien. O'Brien was also given general manager duties this off-season as he entered his seventh year with Houston. The Texans are 0-4 to begin the 2020 season.
O'Brien led the Texans to the postseason four times in six years -- winning four division titles -- but never made it past the Divisional Round. Beyond having one of the worst defenses in the NFL this season, O'Brien was heavily criticized for his moves as general manager, particularly trading star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals earlier this year. The Texans also have the league's highest payroll at $248 million in 2020. Additionally, they do not have a first or second round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
O'Brien leaves Houston, his first NFL head coaching job, with an all-time record of 52-48.
Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has been named interim head coach.
Meanwhile, O'Brien's long-time friend, Doug Marrone, and the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) are set to travel to Houston for a Week Five showdown. Kick-off from NRG Stadium is set for 1 p.m.