March 22, 2018

Tidbits from the New Texans Coaching Staff

With the new Houston Texans coaching staff being announce, we take a look at some small tidbits from the new staff under Head Coach Bill O’Brien


Tidbits from the New Staff


George Godsey / Quarterback Coach

The former tight end coach for the New England Patriots was the starting quarterback for Georgia Tech when O’Brien was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Yellow Jackets. Godsey finished his college career as the school’s most accurate passer and won the MVP of the Seattle Bowl in 2001.

Godsey joined New England when he was the offensive assistant for the Patriots and O’Brien was the team’s offensive coordinator.


Charles London/ Running Backs Coach

London has spent time with the Chicago Bears (2007-2009) and Tennessee Titans (2011) as their offensive quality assistant. London worked under both Lovie Smith and Mike Munchak and said he ” learned how to relate to people, how to get the best out of players.” 

London also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles as a scout.


Stan Hixon/ Wide Receiver Coach

With over 30 years of coaching, Hixon has spent the most time in the NFL. He was the wide receiver coach for the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills where he was instrumental in the development of Santana Moss, Stevie Johnson and Antwaan Randel-El.

Hixon worked with O’Brien at Georgia Tech, and joined him once again at Penn State in 2012.


John Perry/ Tight Ends Coach

Perry first met O’Brien when they were 8 years old in Andover, Massachusetts. O’Brien was the center and Perry was the quarterback on their 8th grade football team, and they soon split up when they went to different high schools. They have known each other since their childhood, and coached together at Brown University in the mid 1990s.

Perry was the Head Football Coach at Merrimack, before heading to the University of Delaware to be the passing game coordinator and quarterback coach.


Paul Dunn/ Offensive Line Coach

Dunn has been the assistant offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons for four seasons, before working alongside Pat Hill during the 2012 and 2013. He was fired by the Falcons after the 2013 season after a 4-12 record, and an offensive line that struggled.

Dunn played college football at Pittsburgh, and four of his college teammates were Hall of Famers in Dan Marino, Russ Grimm, Ricky Jackson and Chris Doleman.


Romeo Crennel/ Defensive Coordinator

The biggest name of the new Texans staff, Crennel will be an important part of the Texans success in 2014. With an impressive resume, we took a quick look at what Crennel thinks of what his defense needs.


Bill Kollar/ Defensive Line

One of two coaches held over from the 2013 staff, Kollar is one of the more passionate coaches that anyone will run into. Kollar started his coaching career in 1984 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as their kicking teams coach. He has spent 17 seasons in the NFL as an assistant coach, and this will mark his 6th season with the Texans when the season begins.


Mike Vrabel/ Linebackers

He has been loyal to Romeo Crennel since he played outside linebacker in Crennel’s 3-4 defense in New England. When Crennel left to Kansas City to be the defensive coordinator, Vrabel soon signed with the Chiefs. Soon after retiring, Vrabel returned to his alma mater, the Ohio State University, as the defensive line coach.

Once again, when Crennel agreed to be the defensive coordinator for the Texans, Vrabel was not far behind.


John Butler/ Secondary Coach

This will mark the first NFL coaching stint for Butler, who has spent his entire coaching career since 1995 in the college ranks. He did spend time at the University of Texas as a graduate assistant (1997-1998) and as the special teams and safeties coach at Southwest Texas State University (2001-2002).

Butler has been noted to be a passionate coach, and he said this about his coaching style.

“I’ve been competitive my whole life. And I’ve been instinctive my whole life as far as figuring out people and environments. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized it’s not just about me being competitive, it’s about building a unit, building a team.”


Anthony Midget/ Assistant Secondary

Midget played for Virginia Tech and was drafted in the 2000 NFL Draft in the 5th round (134th pick overall) by the Atlanta Falcons. Midget will be making his first NFL stop in his coaching career, after stints at Virginia Tech, Georgia State, Marshall and Penn State.


Bob Ligashesky/ Special Teams Coordinator

Ligashesky is on the second holdover from the 2013 coaching staff, and made a good enough impression for the last quarter of the season to stay on as head of the special teams. Ligashesky will be only the second special teams coach in team history, replacing long time coordinator Joe Marciano.


Doug Colman/ Assistant Special Teams Coach

He interviewed after the 2013 college football season with Bill O’Brien to be the linebackers coach for the Nitanny Lions. Less than a week later, O’Brien was headed to Houston to be the head coach of the Texans, which left Colman without a position for the time being. Colman was soon hired by O’Brien to come to Houston as the assistant special teams coach.

Colman also played linebacker for Romeo Crennel in Cleveland during the 2000 season. Drafted in the 6th round of the 1996 NFL draft by the New York Giants, he also spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Browns. In 1999, he appeared in the Super Bowl with the Titans, and while in college with the University of Nebraska he won two national championships with the Huskers.


Craig Fitzgerald/Head Strength and Condition Coach

The “Iron Lion” first met O’Brien at Maryland when he was the assistant S&C coach for the Terrapins. Fitzgerald spent time with South Carolina as the head S&C coach for the Gamecocks from 2009-2011, before joining O’Brien at Penn State.

Fitzgerald graduated with John Butler ( Texans Secondary Coach) from LaSalle College High School.

Sean Hayes/ Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Hayes played football for Harvard University, and worked under O’Brien and Fitzgerald at Penn State.


Anthony Pleasant/ Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

A former NFL defensive lineman that played for 14 NFL seasons for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. He won two Super Bowls with the Patriots under defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

Pleasant also was the assistant defensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2010-2012.


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