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Lovie Smith will be on the Texans interview list

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While firing head coach Gary Kubiak today, Texans owner Bob McNair made it clear he was looking for experience.

And one guy with successful head coaching experience is sitting nearby.

McNair indicated that former Bears coach Lovie Smith was a possibility for the vacancy, and the timing gives him an advantage.

Smith has been sitting idle since being fired by the Bears, after compiling an 81-63 record in nine years as the Bears’ head coach. That should make him a hot commodity this offseason, in places beyond his native Texas.

That would trigger immediate speculation about the future of quarterback Jay Cutler, who could become a free agent this offseason.

But Smith’s candidacy would stand on its own merits, after a consistently successful run with the Bears.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 12:51 PM

    From the Bears organization to the Texans…

    Poor Lovie Smith…

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 6, 2013 12:51 PM

    Lousy Head Coach choice.

  3. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 6, 2013 12:54 PM

    Mike Tomlin is the standard teams look for when searching for a new head coach. Too bad there isn’t a head coach that comes close.

  4. lightcleric says: Dec 6, 2013 12:56 PM

    He’s a fantastic defensive guy, but wasn’t part/most of the reason Lovie Smith got fired that his offenses were pedestrian even with Cutler? And how he hired awful OCs like Martz and Tice?

    I don’t see how that could even end well a rookie like Bridgewater or even a vet like Cutler.

  5. thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 12:57 PM

    Lovie Smith would definitely be a better option than a coach like Cheat Carroll..

    Every win Cheat Carroll gets there’s an asterisk on it***

    #Asterisk
    #*

  6. thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 12:57 PM

    Mike Tomlin is the standard coach for teams that cheat to win….and then still lose

    I heard he won AFC special teams player of the week?

  7. bennyb82 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    Lovie deserves another shot and Houston would not be a bad spot. This team needs a good QB and their record could get reversed.

  8. toybkshr says: Dec 6, 2013 1:00 PM

    Duh, they have to interview a minority candidate, so why not Lovie? Doubt he will be the new coach tho. Not like he can point to a super career record.

  9. dwarftosser says: Dec 6, 2013 1:01 PM

    No! Lovie needs to replace Dom Capers in Green Bay as DC! (this is what happens in my dreams at least)

  10. 1969l78 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:02 PM

    All defense and no offense…. The Lovie way! Maybe he will bring Tice with him to be the OC…. I guess if you want to make playoffs every give years he is a good choice…..Not

  11. chunkderrrty says: Dec 6, 2013 1:03 PM

    The Texas A &M coach and Johnny football to Houston?

  12. cajunaise says: Dec 6, 2013 1:03 PM

    Don’t you wish that, when people posted unrelated stuff about their own favorite teams beneath an article, their posts were at least accurate, or clever, or well-written?

  13. jagsfan1 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    If they go Lovie – I predict 5 yrs for 30m
    and 5 yrs of 8-8,7-9,9-7….

  14. ravenswhat says: Dec 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    He and Jay are a package deal. The way the NFL works, I’m sure they both had lunch with McNair 3 weeks ago and laughed about the upcoming news conference.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    (2011-2013)

    Gary Kubiak
    24 Wins
    21 Losses

    Leslie Frazier
    16 Wins
    27 Losses
    1 Tie

  16. wannabear says: Dec 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    Love me some Lovie!!!!.

  17. mcmeen0576 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:07 PM

    Between Houston and Tampa Bay I can’t think of two better organizations for Lovie to end up at. Hope it works out for him
    -Bear Fan

  18. seatownballers says: Dec 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    Be scared afc south. Smith contended every season with grossman as a qb. With a first overall pick and Smith as coach, this team will (pull a chiefs’ type) turn around.

  19. joetoronto says: Dec 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  20. bradybbgoat says: Dec 6, 2013 1:09 PM

    Any coach that can ride Rex Grossman to a SB appearance has gotta be worthy of a look.

  21. jwaggen says: Dec 6, 2013 1:11 PM

    How about Bill Cowher?

  22. thefiesty1 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:11 PM

    Love will get a call to satisfy the Rooney Rule only. Mack Brown will resign after tomorrow’s game at Baylor and will be introduced as the Texans new head coach early next week.

  23. isphet71 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:12 PM

    Mike Tomlin is the standard for a new head coach? Lmao. Dude is pulling a Gruden. Win with someone else’s players, then every year after get worse, and worse, and worse. Slowly but surely destroying a once great team.

    Yep, that’s what I look for in a coach.

  24. All-American Voltron says: Dec 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    Texans is THE dream job for a head coach. Elite defense, MEGA talented running game and receivers, and is on pace for the #1 draft pick in 2014 to get Tedy Bridgewater. EASIEST team to turnaround in 2014 by a mile.

    Texans should be more picky, Lovie is not the guy to get you over the hump based on him losing the SB due to coaching decisions.

  25. minordav3 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    offer Cower a “cant say no offer”

  26. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 6, 2013 12:54 PM

    Mike Tomlin is the standard teams look for when searching for a new head coach. Too bad there isn’t a head coach that comes close.

    please tell me you said that as a joke!??!
    Tomlin is HORRIBLE!! And can’t even lie very well. yes, Jacoby should’ve blasted that fool!!!!!

  27. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 6, 2013 1:20 PM

    So what would happen to Wade?

  28. scottychicago says: Dec 6, 2013 1:20 PM

    No way Cutler joins Lovie. are you serious?

  29. tformation says: Dec 6, 2013 1:21 PM

    Do you really think Cutler’s going to go back to Lovie “New Offensive Coordinator Every Year” Smith?

    I think Lovie’s a great coach & defensive mind, but if Cutler & Lovie work together again, I think chance will have a lot more to do with it than choice.

  30. htowntexan says: Dec 6, 2013 1:21 PM

    No thanks. hiring him would be a good way to lose a bunch of season tickets holders (including me). we have a bad offense now, so we’d bring in a guy that maintained an even worse offense year in and year out. mcnair is not very good, but i hope he doesn’t really consider smith.

  31. crazycane says: Dec 6, 2013 1:22 PM

    Lovie will use the #1 pick on Clowney and go with the outdated Cover 2 D while completely ignoring the offense.

  32. clemenza58 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:22 PM

    “Rex is our quarterback.”

  33. tfavrat says: Dec 6, 2013 1:23 PM

    There was an article not long ago that showed how poorly most retread NFL coaches did when given a second, and sometimes third, chance. Shanahan is just the latest example of the trend. Why would a team want a retread coach? The Texans will be much better with an up and coming coordinator, unless the Lovie interview will only be to satisfy the Rooney rule.

  34. TheWittyOne says: Dec 6, 2013 1:23 PM

    If by “trigger immediate speculation” you mean “trigger immediate speculation as to how far Cutler will stay from Houston,” then you’re right.

    Lovie doesn’t know the first thing about running an NFL offense, and towards the end of his tenure with the Bears, he was changing offensive coordinators faster than he changed his underwear. Cutler got stuck with a string of coordinators, each one more terrible than the last, meanwhile he gets blamed for his lack of consistency. There is less than zero chance that Cutler gets within 1,000 miles of a Lovie-coached team, but congratulations on another successful link bait.

  35. dabears72 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:24 PM

    Get ready to hear a whole lotta “Matt Schaub is our quarterback” or “TJ Yates is our quarterback.” No matter who the quarterback is or how bad get used to them being your quarterback and getting zero explanation why. The words “Rex Grossman is our quarterback” still haunts my dreams.

  36. selldannysell says: Dec 6, 2013 1:28 PM

    I’d rather see him replace Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator in Washington.

  37. titansbro says: Dec 6, 2013 1:32 PM

    What’s with teams always hiring these retread coaches? They always seem to do about as good as they did in their previous stops, but not any better. Lovie Smith is not a terrible coach, but I have never heard of a coach having a ton of success with a new team after a long career with another team. Belichek & Cleveland might be the only real exception to that except for that the Cleveland situation was so different that he had to get another shot. I’m not saying guys shouldn’t get 2nd chances, but when a guy was given 9 years with one of the best defensive units I’ve ever seen I think we pretty much know what he is as a coach. It’s the same thing with Fisher (I loved Fisher BTW), Shanahan, Cowher, Gruden, etc. Get some new coaching talent in there!!

  38. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 6, 2013 1:34 PM

    Mike Tomlin is the standard teams look for when searching for a new head coach?

    Yeah, that must have been a joke.

  39. tinbender2000 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:41 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 6, 2013 12:54 PM

    Mike Tomlin is the cheater teams don’t look for when searching for a new head coach. Too bad Pittsburgh will lose draft picks because of this dummy.

  40. riverhorsey says: Dec 6, 2013 1:41 PM

    Houston may give Phillips a shot but they should probably go with a smart OC type. That’s where they hurt most.

  41. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 1:42 PM

    isphet71 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:12 PM

    Mike Tomlin is the standard for a new head coach? Lmao. Dude is pulling a Gruden. Win with someone else’s players, then every year after get worse, and worse, and worse. Slowly but surely destroying a once great team.

    Yep, that’s what I look for in a coach.
    _______________________

    This isn’t college…

  42. bestbitter says: Dec 6, 2013 1:46 PM

    Maybe Mike and Kyle can take their road show to Houston. Hopefully they’re given the opportunity.

  43. glac1 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:46 PM

    The Texans can do better….

  44. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 1:47 PM

    I don’t want Lovie Smith….

    I don’t want Jay Cutler….

  45. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 6, 2013 1:49 PM

    NFL Head Coaches are at the pinnacle of a very tough profession. Most of you are mediocre at whatever you do. How can you possibly hope to offer a legitimate assessment of these professionals?

    A professional like Smith would learn from past mistakes and improve.

  46. metalhead65 says: Dec 6, 2013 1:50 PM

    lovie will make the texans a winner and they won’t have to worry about their qb throwing pick sixes since he does not believe offense is part of the game. even if the bears let Cutler go unless they pay him 20 million he is not going to play for a coach who killed his career when he was traded to Chicago. no way he will want to get off the bus running again and play in a offense whose big play is a wide receiver screen.

  47. mizzousooner says: Dec 6, 2013 1:51 PM

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    joetoronto says: Dec 6, 2013 1:08 PM

    “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

    ______________________________________

    I will always thumbs up a Who reference.

  48. ghlatty says: Dec 6, 2013 2:04 PM

    If you want a defensive guy, just keep Wade.

  49. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 6, 2013 2:05 PM

    mizzousooner says:
    Dec 6, 2013 1:51 PM

    I will always thumbs up a Who reference.

    __________________________________

    I only went to that site for research purposes.

    ?

  50. sosuhme says: Dec 6, 2013 2:09 PM

    As a Lions fan living in Chicago and I always thought Lovie Smith was greatly under appreciated here. Bears fans and the Chicago media are always over-estimating the Bear’s talent level but Lovie always got the max out of his teams. Hiring Mike Martz and Mike Tice as his offensive coordinators was his downfall, but I’d be shocked if he spends another season without a head coaching job.

  51. sbaltimore says: Dec 6, 2013 2:11 PM

    I’m not sure that Lovie is the answer as head coach. (It’s amazing how teams would rather consider re-treads who have failed rather than going for new blood/new ideas/new approaches.)

  52. rodh32340 says: Dec 6, 2013 2:11 PM

    There is a reason that established veteran coaches are looking for a job…just saying.

  53. eastofmissball says: Dec 6, 2013 2:29 PM

    Bob. You fire the man on the plane ride home. That’s screwed up. Were is he to go to take a minute and take what just happened all in; the wing? Bad form, Mcnair; hope karma catches you.

  54. lagg1 says: Dec 6, 2013 2:31 PM

    Forget the sideline goof, Tomlin is a good coach amd so is John Harbaugh. The battles between Harbaugh and the Ravens versus Tomlin and the Steelers will be awesome for years to come.

  55. bobsnygiants says: Dec 6, 2013 2:34 PM

    also Tampa BUCS list

  56. nflpuppetmaster says: Dec 6, 2013 2:34 PM

    So three playoff appearances and zero Championships in nine years is considered a “a consistently successful run?”

  57. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 6, 2013 2:52 PM

    That would trigger immediate speculation about the future of quarterback Jay Cutler, who could become a free agent this offseason.

    __________________________

    No. No it wouldn’t. Cutler had over 150 sacks in his career under Smith. Noooo. Nooo. Nooo.

    They guy is a idiot when it comes to offense. In two seasons Cutler got sacked over 100 times. What does he do? He promotes the O-Line coach.

    Two words: J’Marcus Webb.

    That guy should have never lasted as long as he did as a starter. Cutler chewed him on National TV and yet he goes on and plays for a year and half.

    Oh…Devin Hester.

    A WR? really? A #1 WR? really? 4 years as a #1 WR. Nobody in the league would have done the same.

    Lovie is a D-coordinator and a stubborn one at that. So much so that it hinders the offense.

  58. 1twinsfan says: Dec 6, 2013 2:57 PM

    I was shocked when the Bears fired Smith but even more so that no one hired him afterwards. I believe there will be (at least, should be) an opening in MN for a HC soon.

  59. monkeyjuice313 says: Dec 6, 2013 2:58 PM

    Kubiak should’ve been fired the moment he allowed that DB (2 meanings) to stay on the field after the taunting penalty.

  60. iamhydrogen says: Dec 6, 2013 3:05 PM

    I think Lovie brings a GREAT value to the Texans. Most people are quick to point out the negatives of his tenure with Chicago but also are crazy to forget our awful GM Jerry Angelo. GM pulls the trigger, most of the blame belongs to Jerry, not Lovie.

  61. jbaxt says: Dec 6, 2013 3:22 PM

    “Trust me, it could be worse, you could coach here”; said every raider coach ever.

  62. Indybear says: Dec 6, 2013 3:28 PM

    Whatever team is stupid enough to hire Lovie as HC will need to get used to the following statements:

    1. We needed to make more plays. They made more plays than we did.
    2. There’s a lot of football left to be played.
    3. _____________ is our quarterback.

    However, if you are looking for someone devoid of all emotion on the sideline, he’s your guy.

  63. drs76109 says: Dec 6, 2013 3:38 PM

    Todd Bowles. Young and rising. His alma mater, Temple, made a mistake in not hiring him.

  64. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Dec 6, 2013 3:40 PM

    If Norv Turner got another chance, so should Lovie.

    Especially since Captain Canada is ruining that team.

  65. ethanhulk says: Dec 6, 2013 4:18 PM

    Why would anyone connect the Lovie Smith to Jay Cutler dots here? Why would Cutler want to go back to a coach that routinely had him flat on his back? A coach that only hires his buddies as his coordinators no matter how awful they are (Tice, Shea, Babich).

    Jay Cutler will actively avoid having Lovie Smith be his HC again.

  66. ethanhulk says: Dec 6, 2013 4:19 PM

    Why would anyone connect the Lovie Smith to Jay Cutler dots here? Why would Cutler want to go back to a coach that routinely had him flat on his back? A coach that only hires his buddies as his coordinators no matter how awful they are (Tice, Shea, Babich).

    Jay Cutler will actively avoid having Lovie Smith be his HC again.

  67. weepingjebus says: Dec 6, 2013 4:26 PM

    If the Texans are patient, they can get a two for one deal on used Shanahans in a few weeks.

  68. doner80 says: Dec 6, 2013 4:47 PM

    I could see Locke over ther with mike McCarthy as the oc he’ll get also get fired because of a poor record this year and h lays down for the Giants!!!

  69. doner80 says: Dec 6, 2013 4:49 PM

    ^^lovie smith^^

  70. sbaltimore says: Dec 6, 2013 4:49 PM

    @Indybear

    I think it’s a toss up between Smith and Caldwell when it comes to who’s the most devoid of emotion.

    ;o)

  71. pillsbury13 says: Dec 6, 2013 4:55 PM

    Why is it EVERY time a black coach is being considered, there are ALWAYS some people that say “he would satisfy the Rooney rule”. Lovie Smith is a good, qualified, respectable coach…PERIOD. No one can tell me he is not a more qualified coach than Rex Ryan, Greg Schiano, and many of the other coaches that have jobs with losing teams.

  72. brobokil says: Dec 6, 2013 5:17 PM

    LOVIE SMITH TO MINNESOTA!

    That is all.

  73. burntmule says: Dec 7, 2013 1:05 PM

    The Texans have a pretty good 3-4 defense, no way they switch to Lovie’s 4-3 cover 2(cover nobody). With Lovie’s inept offensive history, I doubt anybody hires him as an NFL head coach again. It was sickening to see all those good defensive and special team years wasted because of the horrible offense.

  74. robbieschroeder66 says: Dec 7, 2013 2:06 PM

    Kyle and Cutler for h town would be an interesting mix. they are about the same age!

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