With the departure of Gary Kubiak the Houston Texans are now without a coach for the first time in five years. The Texans have only had two coaches in there 12 year history, and the next coach will have tons of pressure on him from Texans owner Bob McNair, and fans who expected the Texans to be Super Bowl participants this season.
So lets take a look at possible candidates for the head coaching position:
McNair specifically mentioned at Friday’s press conference that he wants to speak with Smith, formerly the head coach of the Bears from 2004-12. Though the Bears missed out on the postseason in each of his final two seasons in charge, he posted an 81-63 record with three division titles and a Super Bowl berth.
Smith is also a Texas native (Gladewater), and the fact that he’s not currently coaching anywhere else could allow the Texans to get a jump start on the process.
Smith is known as a defensive mind, and the Texans could use some help there after slipping into the bottom third of the league in points allowed. An interesting subplot should the Texans go this route: Would potential soon-to-be free agent Jay Cutler consider following his ex-coach to Houston, where a new franchise QB is desperately needed? Let’s hope not!