Job standing of Texans head coach Lovie Smith very a lot up within the air
Involved that he’ll be the second consecutive one-and-done Texans head coach, Lovie Smith has been assembly with proprietor Cal McNair to state his case for a second season in Houston, per sources.
Individuals aware of the dynamics in Houston consider Smith, like David Culley a year agomight be out after only one season — one wherein the Texans enter Week 18 with the NFL’s worst document. No determination has been communicated to any of the events, nonetheless.
The Texans plan to judge Smith’s future on the finish of the season, with the whole physique of labor being thought-about. After a win over a depleted Titans staff two weeks in the past, the Texans had been blown out 31-3 at residence by the Jaguars to drop to 2-13-1. One other loss Sunday at Indianapolisor a Bears win or tie in opposition to the Vikings, would safe the league’s worst document and provides the Texans the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Smith opened every staff assembly in camp with a slide proclaiming the Texans can be 2022 World Champs. However their efficiency, even for a younger staff looking for a franchise quarterback, has been a disappointment. The roster is younger and there’s little high-end expertise. However the hope had been to construct the proper manner.
Sources say frustration has mounted within the locker room and elsewhere within the constructing over many features of Smith’s program, together with total operational struggles. It has spilled to their greatest gamers, corresponding to receiver Brandin Cooks being stripped of the captaincy after trying and failing to get himself traded before November’s deadline.
Normal supervisor Nick Caserio employed each Culley and Smith whereas enterprise a significant rebuilding operation — one which now has the Texans arrange properly in nearly each space apart from instability at head coach.
The Texans have a bounty of draft picks (two extra first-rounders, along with a 2023 third and a 2024 fourth) from the Deshaun Watson trade. They will goal their franchise QB with what’s assured to be a top-2 decide. They’ve ample cap area. And so they have some spectacular younger expertise to construct round, together with working again Dameon Piercesecurity Jalen Pitre and cornerback Derek Stingley Jr..
If the Texans job does open, the staff may revisit candidates they interviewed a yr in the past, corresponding to Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. Former Texans nice and now 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans also needs to get an extended look. And Houston figures to additionally look onerous at offensive-minded coaches to groom their future at QB.
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