Houston Texans Suddenly Fire Coach
The Houston Texans suddenly fired coach John Pagano this week.
Pagano, the team’s outside linebacker coach, will not return for the 2020 season.
The move was a somewhat abrupt and surprising one given that it came nearly a week after the Texans were bounced from the AFC playoffs by the Kansas City Chiefs.
As noted by the Houston Chronicle, Pagano had been with the organization since 2018. He worked as a senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach, and focused primarily on developing Whitney Mercilus and Brennan Scarlett.
Pagano came on the scene after Mike Vrabel left for the Tennessee Titans job, and there was a very noticeable drop off in productivity as it pertained to the pass rush.
Prior to joining the Texans, Pagano worked with the Oakland Raiders as a defensive coordinator.
Before that, he spent 14 years with the San Diego Chargers in roles ranging from defensive assistant to defensive coordinator.
It remains to be seen who Bill O’Brien will ultimately select to fill the vacancy left behind by Pagano.
An announcement regarding that will likely come some time in the next few weeks.