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Texans fire senior defensive assistant John Pagano

Texans, John Pagano

The Houston Texans were eliminated from the postseason after a miraculous comeback by the Kansas City Chiefs. After having some time to reflect on the loss, Houston has decided to fire senior defensive assistant John Pagano per Aaron Wilson.

In last week’s game versus the Chiefs, the Texans secured a 24-0 lead over the Chiefs early in the second quarter. But in the blink of an eye, Kansas City’s offense rallied back and took a 28-24 lead into halftime.

The Texans’ defense would have no answer for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense for the rest of the game. Ultimately, after having a double-digit lead, Kansas City would go on to win the contest 51-31.

As a result, Houston took a long look at their coaching staff and chose to part ways with Pagano. Pagano has spent the past two seasons as the Texans’ senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach.

While with the Texans, Pagano coached Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney. Both Mercilus and Clowney made Pro Bowls when playing under Pagano. That goes to show that Pagano isn’t the one to blame for Houston’s faults.

Before arriving in Houston, Pagano served as the defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. Given that, Pagano also got to work with Khalil Mack before he was traded to the Chicago Bears.

John Pagano, the younger brother of Chuck Pagano, has 24 years of experience in the NFL as a defensive assistant. Therefore, there’s a good chance that John receives interest from other teams who are in need of an experienced defensive coach.