Coaching speculation is rampant in the NFL right now, but now there is actual news to report–and it’s great news for Texans fans.
Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith has reportedly interviewed for the vacancy with the Houston Texans. Smith is the first potential candidate to replace Gary Kubiak, who was terminated from the Texans just a few weeks ago.
Those that watched Texans owner Bob McNair’s press conference announcing Kubiak’s firing will likely remember McNair mentioning Smith by name, which is obviously a good sign for the former coach.
Smith, a Texas native, was 81-63 with the Bears as their head coach for nine years. He was replaced by Marc Trestman by Phil Emery before the start of the 2013 season. Smith spent 2013 jobless in the NFL.
According to a report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt are also candidates for the job. Wade Phillips, the current interim coach for the Texans, will also get an interview, but it’s unlikely that he’ll return next season, given the current state of the Texans.
Whisenhunt took the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, and Smith took the Bears to the Super Bowl. O’Brien was a part of the Patriots’ coaching staff during their recent Super Bowl runs. So, three former Super Bowl candidates are up for the Texans coaching job for next year.
But, it’s likely going to take more than a coaching change to fix the Texans. The team is currently ranked 17th in the NFL for rushing yards, averaging just 113.6 yards per game, and they’re ranked 23rd in rushing defense. Next year will definitely need to be a rebuilding season for the team, who has just two wins so far this season and have not won a game since September 15.
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