Bill O'Brien was introduced as the Houston Texans' new head coach on Friday, and team owner Bob McNair made it clear he expects immediate success after finishing 2-14 this season.
"I'm ready to kick 2013 the hell out the door," McNair said. "Not acceptable. Not what we're going to do in the future. We know that (O'Brien) is going to come in here, and we expect to see great things happen immediately. He's a great leader. Has ability to step in to a difficult situations and turn them around."
O'Brien takes over from Gary Kubiak, who was fired after the Texans lost their final 12 games of the season.
"I'm really, really excited to be the new coach of the Houston Texans," O'Brien, 44, said.
O'Brien spent the last two years as Penn State's coach, leading the Nittany Lions to a 15-9 record despite scholarship limitations following the Jerry Sandusky scandal. O'Brien spent the previous five years in the New England Patriots organization.
O'Brien was not specific regarding the offensive and defensive schemes he will implement in Houston, but stressed the importance of the environment around the team.
"We're moving on to 2014," he said. "I don't know what the culture of the locker room was last year. To me, it's about accountability."
O'Brien said he will meet with each of the Texans' assistant coaches on Saturday, and plans to work with Texans general manager Rick Smith in putting together the roster for 2014.
"My passion is coaching football," O'Brien said. "I'm going to be a part of putting the team together. I've got a lot of work to do on this team and the sooner I can get into my office and get started the better,"
The Texans own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but McNair said he is open to trading that pick.
"Maybe we'll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player," McNair said, according to ESPN.com. "It's an exciting time. Everything's a moving target. Lot of different pieces."
Houston needs a quarterback with veteran Matt Schaub likely to leave and young Case Keenum going 0-8 in his eight starts this season.
"I don't think you take a particular position just because you need a particular position at any point in the draft, especially the first pick," Smith said, according to ESPN.com. "So we'll rank it, we'll value it, and we'll make good choices if the opportunity presents itself to move back because it is a very valuable pick, and we'll entertain those as well."
This is the third time the Texans have had the No. 1 overall pick, and they had a new coach each time.
In 2002, the expansion Texans selected quarterback David Carr. With their second top pick in 2006, the Texans took pass-rusher Mario Williams, passing over Reggie Bush.
For the moment, though, the focus is on O'Brien.
Prior to taking over at Penn State, O'Brien helped lead the Patriots to two Super Bowl berths in his five years on staff. He was the Patriots' quarterbacks coach before becoming their offensive coordinator in 2011. With O'Brien directing the offense in 2011, New England led the AFC with 32.1 points per game and ranked second in the NFL in total offense.
O'Brien recognizes that the environment in Texas is different that it is in the Northeast.
"Right after this, I'm going out to buy my first pair of cowboy boots," he said.