Texans GM Rick Smith to take leave of absence

01 January, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Gore is tackled by Houston Texans’ Andre Hal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Indianapolis

Smith announced he is taking an extended leave of absence from his duties running the Texans to help his wife as she battles breast cancer.

In the statement, Smith said that it was hard decision and that he is grateful for the support of Texans owner Bob McNair and his family, via Amy Palcic from the team's PR staff. "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".

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona.

Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Gore is tackled by Houston Texans’ Andre Hal during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Indianapolis
Texans GM Rick Smith to take leave of absence

Amidst multiple reports of growing friction between O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith, speculation mounted late in the season that O'Brien could be let go in favor of a new coach. "I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me", said Watson earlier this month. They have been to the playoffs four times and won three postseason games. On Sunday morning, ESPN reported that O'Brien is likely to be back in Houston in 2018. I have a boss, and he controls that.

For a couple of years now, it seems like the Houston Texans have been sitting on the fence in making the decision of whether or not to fire head coach Bill O'Brien. Though he was 31-32 in Texas before Sunday's finale against the Indianapolis Colts, he is viewed by many around the league as a good coach who has had to deal with not only conflicts with his general manager but a revolving door of mediocre quarterbacks.


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