Carlos Hyde with a huge day on the ground to help the Texans to victory.

Texans player of the game: Hyde rules on ground

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Carlos Hyde's day started rough but there was only one way to go after he fumbled on his first touch of the day.

Everything got going for Hyde after that. On the next drive Hyde would carry the ball for five, four, and 11 yards leading to a field goal. The following drive saw him rip off nine, 11, four, and seven yard rushes as well.

He'd follow that up with a 14 yard rush in the middle of a drive he would cap off with a two yard score.

Hyde would continue to be a load for the Chiefs defense to stop throughout the day. Houston would use the threat of a Hyde run in run-pass option plays to keep the Kansas City defense on their heels.

Hyde would finish the day with 116 yards on 26 carries and one score. It was the first time sine week two of 2017 for him to go over 100 yards rushing. Hyde has been a great find for the Texans this season as their premier running back.

The team also officially promoted Jack Easterby as well

Bill O'Brien now Texans General Manager in addition to head coach

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Bill O'Brien has a new placard on his desk.

New title for O'Brien and his unofficial assistant GM

As seen above the Texans have named Bill O'Brien as the general manager in addition to his role as the team's head coach. O'Brien joins his former boss Bill Belichick as one of the members of the NFL coaching community who also has the decision-making powers.

Jack Easterby, who also previously worked with the New England Patriots, now has an official title too. It was widely believed he had heavy input on the team in his past year with the team.

This had been coming

It would be interesting to know if this was something known in the building by the team or just assumed. Either way, something long whispered, came to fruition.

With the amount of front office talent that has left the organization in the past year there was some belief O'Brien was consolidating his power. Today, he has all the power in the organization.

Business as usual, with the titles

SB Nation Radio NFL Insider Adam Caplan told me teams have treated the situation in Houston as if O'Brien was the Texans general manager since Brian Gaine was fired by the team.

Now O'Brien has the title with the work. He is in charge of the team from a management perspective, he is the head coach, and he calls the plays for the teams.

How does this work?

I don't think it does work. I don't see it. SB Nation Radio NFL Insider Adam Caplan told me the expectation from the league is O'Brien will do whatever he has to do to keep his job.

O'Brien did a ton this past offseason and yet the team regressed in many areas. Without a regular slate of draft picks and quite a few of their own players set to hit free agency the Texans are in a tough spot.

Short of O'Brien really taking the next step along with a few of his key players and some solid and smart spending the Texans might have hit their ceiling in 2019. If that's the case, O'Brien could theoretically survive a similar campaign in 2020. But, there are no more excuses. O'Brien has nobody to blame but himself now.

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