Texans expected to retain Bill O'Brien

Esther Moore
January 1, 2018

"Texans' GM Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffany, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer, per a team source", Schefter reported.

With Smith stepping away, the need for Texans owner Bob McNair to choose between firing one or the other is mitigated. "I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority".

The one that may not return in Houston is general manager Rick Smith, who signed Brock Osweiler without even a face-to-face meeting. He's had three 9-7 seasons and won two AFC South titles, but the Texans have collapsed to 4-11 this year after star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL. Should McNair decide to punt and put off the decision until O'Brien's contract expires next year, sources say the Texans could be maintaining a hard work environment.

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"I don't have any comment on that", O'Brien said Sunday. "I'll meet with him, I'm sure, at some point, and we'll decide what direction he wants to go". His leave of absence comes after a hard 4-12 season for the Texans that brought rumors of a "toxic" relationship between Smith and coach Bill O'Brien.

The Texans closed out their 2017 campaign with a 22-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. However, it is unlikely that Houston will allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension.

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