Texans GM Rick Smith to take leave of absence

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Smith reportedly has a close relationship with Texans owner Bob McNair and his son, team vice chairman and chief operating officer Cal McNair. This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field.

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona. However, the most important thing at the moment is the health of Smith's wife.

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

"While the four-year partnership between O'Brien and Smith has produced two AFC South division titles", wrote Wilson, "the relationship between the two is characterized as problematic and could lead to an either-or-situation going forward, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly". On Sunday morning, ESPN reported that O'Brien is likely to be back in Houston in 2018.




O'Brien has one season remaining on a five-year deal he signed when he became the Texans' coach in 2014. "I don't control that. I'll meet with him, I'm sure, at some point, and we'll decide what direction he wants to go".

The Texans, who play at the Indianapolis Colts in their season finale on Sunday, are 1-6 since rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore the ACL in his right knee in early November.

Houston (4-12) lost its final six games of the season and nine of its last 10, prompting speculation there may be a shake-up in the front office, on the coaching staff or both.

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