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Rick Smith taking leave of absence from Texans for wife's breast cancer

01 January, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Report Texans will fire either Bill O'Brien or Rick Smith after season

Despite the injuries to names like JJ Watt, Deshaun Watson, and Whitney Mercilus that completed turned the season upside down, Bill O'Brien or GM Rick Smith will reportedly get their walking papers once the season is officially over, if a recent report of their relationship proves true.

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. However, the most important thing at the moment is the health of Smith's wife.

The Houston Chronicle confirms Bill O'Brien will be retained as Texans head coach for the 2018 season.


With Smith stepping away, the need for Texans owner Bob McNair to choose between firing one or the other is mitigated. Smith was given a four-year contract extension in July 2016. 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.

O'Brien has one season remaining on the five-year contract he signed when taking over as head coach of the Texans in 2014. I have a boss, and he controls that.

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

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