Reports: Texans interviewing offensive coordinator Tim Kelly for head coach

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By SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Well, it turns out the Texans are interviewing one of Deshaun Watson's allies for head coach.

According to Michael Silver at NFL Network, the Texans are interviewing offensive coordinator Tim Kelly for the head coach position Friday.

Kelly, 34, just finished his second season as the Texans' offensive coordinator and first as their play caller. Bill O'Brien called plays in 2019, and reportedly at times in 2020 until he was fired after Week 4.

Texans insider John McClain said there is no chance Kelly gets the job, though he is considered a bright young football mind.

Watson, who had his best season in 2020 despite the Texans' lack of team success, swears by Kelly as an offensive coordinator.

When asked earlier this week if he would like the new head coach to keep Kelly as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Watson said "most definitely."

Watson said he even spoke with Texans CEO Cal McNair after Sunday's game and made him aware of his respect and love for Kelly.

"I mean, Tim over the past two years has really taken my game to a whole another level as far as just knowledge, reading defenses, understanding run points and run schemes, understanding the way of different concepts and different situations," Watson said Dec. 4. "His knowledge of just the game of football is very, very bright and he really helped me take my game, especially this year, the best football I’ve played in my career.”

Meanwhile, the Texans have yet to schedule interviews with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, or 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, both popular among the fan base and current Texans players.

Also, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus declined an interview with the Texans.