Former Texan Charles Spencer Is Not a Fan of the Texans' New Offensive Line Coach
As Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien has been assembling his staff (a staff, by the way, on which none of the hires has officially been announced yet), the hope a couple of weeks ago had been that ousted Titans head coach Mike Munchak would be returning to Houston to coach the Texans' offensive line.
This understandably got Texans fans very excited since Munchak is considered a) a really good offensive line coach and b) a Houston treasure, from his Hall of Fame career with the Oilers. The two sides got close enough to a deal to where John McClain of the Houston Chronicle was sitting next to me at a Friday remote during his weekly hit on SportsRadio 610 with me and Rich Lord a couple of weeks ago, and he was checking his phone every 30 seconds for news on a Munchak hire.
"Munch Watch 2014" was on!
And then it wasn't.
We know how the Munchak story ended, as he decided to return to his actual home state (as opposed to his adopted home state) and coach the offensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Disappointment was a natural reaction, but most fans were willing to wait and see who O'Brien brought in to take over this sneaky important position on the staff. And Monday evening, we found out who it would be...
Texans fans, meet Paul Dunn!
(Three people clap, while thousands of Texans fans look at each other saying "Who?")
Okay, let's do this again....TEXAN FANS, MEET PAUL DUNN!!!!
Okay, that's not totally fair, for me to mock the introduction of Dunn as the Texans' new offensive line coach. Let's face it, most fans wouldn't know an NFL offensive line coach if he walked up and spray-screamed in their faces (although that might be a fair indicator that person is an NFL offensive line coach), so Dunn's anonymity should not be a source of humor for me.
What should be a source of humor, albeit the darkest of dark humor if you're a Texans fan, is the Twitter timeline yesterday of former Texans offensive lineman Charles Spencer, who played one season under Dunn's tutelage at the University of Pittsburgh. From what I can gather, Spencer, who still counts himself a fan of the Texans even though his career ended way prematurely because of injuries, is not a big fan of this hire....
Poor Duane...— Charles Spencer Jr. (@CSpencer77) January 28, 2014
Damn, when I saw the hire, the snarkiest I planned on getting was a few jokes about how Dunn looks like he could be a long lost cousin of Wade Phillips (@nephewofbum on Twitter), but Spencer has sobered us all up. He flat-out unleashed the nukes on Dunn.
For his part, Dunn did oversee some offensive lines for one of the more potent offenses in the league the past few seasons in Atlanta, before everything came crashing down on everyone there (familiar narrative in Houston) last season. So there's that.
As I've promised with every assistant coaching hire, they will not get any assessment until we begin to see their respective units actually perform on the field. For now, we will just walk around on egg shells hoping that Charles Spencer is just a really shitty judge of coaching talent.
Now, back to your regularly scheduled handwringing over which quarterback the Texans will be taking in the draft.
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