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J.J. Watt’s cryptic Twitter post after Bill O’Brien firing

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Houston Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien was fired after the team’s 0-4 start to the season, which culminated in a 31-23 loss to the previous winless Minnesota Vikings in Week 4.

While star quarterback Deshaun Watson has yet to react to O’Brien’s firing, one of his teammates in defensive end JJ Watt reacted on Twitter, albeit in a cryptic way. 

The picture posted by Watt on his Twitter account shows a sunlit field at NRG Stadium, the Texans’ home field, where they have lost two of their first four games. The image does not contain any caption, which only serves as more fuel for internet sleuths to figure out what it means.

Is he alluding to a new day for the team after the firing of O’Brien, who handled the team for seven seasons? Is he referring to their bright future after O’Brien’s tenure? Or is he really just posting about how hot it is in their stadium?

The 50-year old O’Brien compiled a 52-48 (.520) win-loss record in seven seasons in Houston, which includes four division titles. However, he has only won two of the Texans’ six playoff games, and made a series of baffling moves during his time as general manager. This includes the perplexing trade for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom he sent to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick in the 2020 Draft. 

Watt, a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, has played in two games this season for Houston and has six combined tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and one pass deflected.

Whether he was alluding to a new day for the franchise remains to be seen as the Texans continue to look for their first win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.