The Texans confirmed Tuesday that new coach Bill O’Brien has decided to keep Bill Kollar as defensive line coach and let go of the other 16 coaches from Kubiak’s final staff in Houston. It’s been widely reported that the Texans were moving in that direction, with former defensive coordinator and interim head coach Wade Phillips already letting the Texans know that he won’t be needing a suite for the 2014 season.
“I commend and thank all the coaches who worked for the Texans prior to my arrival,” O’Brien said in a statement from the team. “Many of them played a large role in taking this franchise to the playoffs for the first time ever and will remain a part of the history here. I wish all of them well in their future endeavors.”
J.J. Watt credits Kollar, his first and only NFL position coach, for his development. On Friday, Watt was named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team for the second-consecutive season. He recorded 117 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, a league-high 46 quarterback hits, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed, and two blocked field goals this season. Since 2012, Watt leads defensive linemen in the NFL with 134 solo tackles and 23 passes defensed.