Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Bill O'Brien returning to Texans is best for DeShaun Watson

The Texans were a must-see with Deshaun Watson as their quarterback The Texans were a must-see with Deshaun Watson as their quarterback
Elias Hubbard | 01 January, 2018, 02:11

31-33 through four seasons, O'Brien wound up at odds with GM Rick Smith throughout the 2017 campaign, but Smith is taking an extended leave of absence, and O'Brien will now head up a search for Smith's replacement.

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

Smith reportedly has a close relationship with Texans owner Bob McNair and his son, team vice chairman and chief operating officer Cal McNair.

The one that may not return in Houston is general manager Rick Smith, who signed Brock Osweiler without even a face-to-face meeting.

Earlier this month, O'Brien said that he "will never quit as head football coach of the Houston Texans". He determined that his wife and three children now need him the most.

During Smith's tenure, the Texans have made four playoff appearances and won the AFC South on four occasions. He signed a four-year extension through the 2020 National Football League draft with the Texans last year.

Smith released a statement on Sunday after the Texans' 22-13 Week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

"I don't have any comment on that", O'Brien said Sunday.

They will apparently retain him again for 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who writes that while O'Brien is likely to be back, there are "issues" to be worked out with his contract.

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