Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended leave of absence

Carla Harmon
January 1, 2018

This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Tiffany Smith has been undergoing treatments in Arizona; Rick Smith has been traveling back and forth to care for her. "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 Houston Texans will likely retain Bill O'Brien as head coach in 2018. The most notable incident was Smith signing QB Brock Osweiler without consulting O'Brien prior to the 2016 season.

Another source speculated that Smith and O'Brien could keep working together but that it would be an "uneasy alliance" that's somewhat untenable. Sure there's going to be some issues arise when it comes to O'Brien's future in Houston and who he will now talk with as it relates to said future.

"That's out of my control, but I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me", said Watson earlier in the month. "I'll meet with him, I'm sure, at some point, and we'll decide what direction he wants to go". It is unlikely the team would allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension in the offseason.

The Texans closed out their 2017 campaign with a 22-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. O'Brien is now 31-33 in his four seasons in Houston.

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