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Texans part ways with offensive line coach Paul Dunn

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans fired offensive line coach Paul Dunn after one season with the team, as first reported by Mark Berman of Houston's Fox 26 and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien hired Dunn to replace John Benton, who was the Texans' offensive line coach the prior year under former head coach Gary Kubiak. The Texans had tried for Mike Munchak, the former Titans head coach and Houston Oilers great, but Munchak opted to join the Pittsburgh Steelers' staff rather than return to the town where he played professional football.

They then turned to Dunn, who had been the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line coach in 2012 and 2013, having been promoted from assistant offensive line coach from 2008 to 2011.

The Texans' offensive line struggled this season, especially early, and Dunn's role shoulders some of the blame. They played better late in the year, including against the Baltimore Ravens when they did not give up a sack.