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Texans Make Extension for Coach Bill O’Brien Official, Hiring of GM Brian Gaine

Despite a 4-12 campaign, the Texans on Saturday made it official, inking coach Bill O’Brien to a five-year extension, and also announcing the hiring of new GM Brian Gaine.

O’Brien had one year remaining on the five-year contract he signed when he took over as Texans coach before the 2014 season. There had been speculation toward the end of this season about O’Brien’s future in Houston, as the Texans finished their first losing season under him. After back-to-back AFC South titles in 2015 and 2016, the Texans finished 4-12.

“Bill O’Brien has been a tremendous leader for us these last four years and we believe in his vision for the team moving forward,” owner Bob McNair said in a statement. “Bill is a terrific teacher that the players respect. We have a lot of trust in him to build a unified, championship culture and we’re thrilled to have him as our head coach into the future.

By hiring Gaine, the Texans added a man familiar with the organization and O’Brien. In his end-of-season news conference, O’Brien said he holds Gaine “in high regard.” Gaine spent three seasons in Houston after Smith hired him in 2014, before leaving to become the Buffalo Bills’ vice president of player personnel in May 2017.

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