2020 has been terrible, and it’s not over yet. If the year 2020 were in charge of an NFL team, who would it be?
Much like the Houston Texans playoff campaign, 2020 started off nearly without a hitch, but due to some comical decision making both the Houston Texans and the world, in general, would soon come crashing down.
A glorious Wild Card win over the Buffalo Bills at home would set up a Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs, who O’Brien’s Texans had already beaten in week six of the regular season. A 24-0 lead halfway through the second quarter would have O’Brien confident and ready to go.
Little did he know the next 45 minutes of football would become something no Texans fan could have possibly ever imagined.
The game became a disaster, as the Chiefs would score 41 unanswered and would end up winning the contest 51-31. Much like our world currently sits, the game became out of control and a few poor decisions from O’Brien cost his team greatly.
O’Brien took most of the heat for the loss for his decision to kick a field goal up 21-0 on a fourth and short, run a fake punt that failed miserably deep inside Chiefs territory, and go conservative on offense and defense as Andy Reid’s machine finally got started and would go on to crush any Houston resistance.
If Texans fans thought that was bad, then they should have been especially concerned when the team named O’Brien General Manager in late January. His first key move as the GM was to trade All-Pro game-changer DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2020 second-round selection, 2021 fourth-round selection, and running back David Johnson.
With Hopkins and Quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Texans looked to have one of the NFL’s most dynamic duos for the foreseeable future, but now the team has more questions than answers.
An average draft would lead to more questions and some to start to speculate if O’Brien was fit to coach the team and run the front office. In six seasons as the head coach, O’Brien has a career record of 52-44 but only a 2-4 mark in the playoffs and has never advanced past the divisional round.
Much like the world has been in 2020 O’Brien will be on the edge once the NFL season gets underway on Thursday, September 10th in Kansas City.