Texans’ Bill O’Brien may not be back in 2018 due to ‘toxic’ relationship with GM, report says
Bill O’Brien may not be coaching the Texans much longer, and it has everything to do with his relationship with general manager Rick Smith.
According to the Houston Chronicle , multiple sources have said Smith and O’Brien may not be able to work together anymore.
It’s toxic, the report said of the two men’s working relationship. It’s dysfunctional.
O’Brien is signed on to be the head coach until 2018, but the feeling around Houston is team owner Bob McNair may decide to cut the cord now rather than allowing the situation to decline further.
However, with the team’s present and future quarterback Deshaun Watson has said he wants to play his entire career with O’Brien as his head coach, which could make McNair’s decision much tougher.
That is if the two men cannot reconcile their differences, but at this point, the relationship may be beyond repair.
Myles Turner is solid but hasn’t lived up to expectation this season. In the past month, he has averaged a so-so 14 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
Derrick Favors doesn’t do a lot when Rudy Gobert is healthy, but with Gobert out, he is very solid. In his past three games, he has averaged 18.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 combined steals/blocks, numbers very similar to what he produced in Gobert’s previous extended absence.
Al Horford continues to play solid all around but has stepped back slightly in the past month. In his past 13 games, he has averaged 12.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5 assists. That’s great balance, but it’s down a bit from his slot at 26th last week.
Willie Cauley-Stein is taking a step forward for the Kings of late, averaging 17.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in his past five games. As the season progresses, it seems likely that Cauley-Stein will continue to eat into Zach Randolph’s production and become the primary option in the middle.
Alex Len’s rating drew a Twitter comment last week because it’s higher than some anticipated. However, his season averages merit the ranking, even with his inconsistent minutes. He’s another young player on a bad team, which means he could get more responsibility as the season progresses.