Texans have a big decision to make at the end of the season this year. The Texans have a head coach and General Manager who are reportedly going at it and are not co-existing as well as expected. This season was a lost cause the second JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus went down within minutes of the same game, and when we lost Deshaun Watson. The Texans have a bright future for sure and have the tools necessary to be a contender if they stay healthy. Although, there is one thing, Bill O’Brien or Rick Smith will most likely lose their job. Aaron Wilson from the Houston Chronicle states that “the relationship between the two is characterized as problematic and could lead to an either-or-situation going forward”. The sources that spoke to Wilson say the situation is also “toxic, it’s dysfunctional”.
The Texans have had many issues in the past with reports getting out about the dysfunction between both GM and head coach, but never were the reports this detailed from Aaron Wilson. Most were speculated and didn’t have many sources to back them up. It is not surprising, but a decision may have to be made. They can try to co-exist but as we have seen the past 4 years, they have tried to do that and nothing has worked. Rick Smith is great friends with the McNair family, and there’s a reason why he’s been on the team so long, after so many bad seasons. Rick Smith has had his draft pick busts, but he’s also found many gems in the draft as well which have had amazing success in Houston. Some players have found other success in other cities when they were cut by Rick Smith, or not offered an extension. He is shaky, but he has been better with drafting than in free agency, and Bill O’Brien most likely wants to change that as well. O’Brien has been average with the Texans but when you look at what he had to deal with the past 4 years, it almost is surprising. There is no doubt O’Brien will be a very hot coach if he is released and will get swooped up immediately. That should almost tell you who NOT to get rid of. The problem isn’t the coaching it seems, but McNair is in a bad spot. His GM has had plenty of time to turn things around and he finally did (drafted a franchise QB), but it comes at a time where Houston just had its worst season since Gary Kubiak was fired. It will e a tough decision for sure, but we know who most fans want to see gone.