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Blank doesn’t have the added pressure of possibly being the first to fire a coach this season. The Houston Texans own that distinction after parting ways with head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien on Monday. Blank might not make his decision immediately, given that this a short week for the team, with Carolina on Sunday.
Blank certainly will hear and listen to the cries of a fan base that expected much better from a team coming off back-to-back 7-9 seasons. A handful of those fans will be welcomed back to a limited-capacity Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday for the first time this season, with little reason to believe that they’ll be watching a contender. Only one team in the Super Bowl Era — the 1992 San Diego Chargers — made the postseason following an 0-4 start.
Sure, this year’s expanded, 14-team playoff format gives the Falcons a chance to rally. But keep in mind that the second half of the Falcons’ season includes two matchups apiece