The losing coordinator in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game could be the winner for the Houston Texans’ head coaching position.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy are expected to receive second interviews with the Texans this week.
Both candidates are also assembling coaching staffs under the belief that they each have a legitimate chance to land the job, Schefter added.
The Texans remain the only team left that has not filled their head coaching position for next year. Coaches in the playoffs cannot be hired until they are eliminated, giving the loser of the AFC Championship Game the leg up for the Texans’ job.
Frazier, 61, has been the Bills’ defensive coordinator since 2017 and has previous head coaching experience with the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-13.
Bieniemy, 51, has been the offensive coordinator of the league’s most explosive offense the last three seasons but continues to be passed over by teams despite widely being viewed as an attractive head coaching candidate.
The Texans’ head coaching search has been filled with drama as star quarterback Deshaun Watson’s discontent with the organization continues to grow along with rumors that he wants to be traded.
On Saturday, the Miami Herald reported that Watson’s top trade destination is the New York Jets – mostly due to the hire of Robert Saleh as head coach, someone the quarterback wanted the Texans to consider but never received an interview.
The Texans have reportedly made a Watson a part of the head coaching search, which is likely why Bieniemy remains in the mix after the team initially did not include him in their search, much to Watson’s dismay.
In addition to Bieniemy and Frazier, the Texans have also interviewed former quarterback Josh McCown, ex-Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Ravens assistant head coach David Culley for the job.