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The Houston Texans “would be headed toward” the promotion of defensive coordinator Lovie Smith to head coach.
Smith, 63, spent last season as an associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Houston under David Culley. The Texans fired Culley after just one season in January.
During much of the research, it appeared that Houston was determined to hire former NFL quarterback Josh McCown as their next head coach. The team interviewed the 42-year-old as part of its hiring process last offseason before signing Culley, then brought him back this offseason – a sign the team had buyer’s remorse. not having hired McCown in the previous cycle.
However, it appears that widespread criticism of McCown’s potential hiring may have steered the team in another direction. McCown has no coaching experience at any level of football, and the spotlight on hiring an inexperienced white head coach amid Brian Flores’ NFL racial discrimination lawsuit had the makings of a public relations nightmare.
Garafolo reported that the Texans could hire McCown as an assistant under Smith, which would create a sticky situation if Houston gets off to a slow start in 2022.
The Texans’ coaching search is matched only by the Jacksonville Jaguars in its head-scratching nature. It appears the team had a plan in place for their pre-offseason search and scrapped it; Smith was only linked to the vacancy last week.
Either way, it’s hard to find much logic in Houston firing Culley and then getting things going again next season with nearly all of their staff in place, unless the working relationship between the two parties fails. has become toxic.
Smith previously spent nine years with the Chicago Bears and two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as NFL head coach. He holds an 89-87 overall record and was also 17-39 in five seasons at the University of Illinois.