Rick Smith will take year off, fine if Texans hire a G.M.

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Texans General Manager Rick Smith just told reporters that his situation was “fluid,” but the leave of absence he’s taking to help his wife as she goes through breast cancer treatments would keep him away from the job for at least a year.

Smith’s stepping away creates an interesting dynamic for the Texans, since tensions between him and coach Bill O’Brien appeared to be creating a one-or-the-other situation for owner Bob McNair.

But Smith said he understood if McNair wanted to hire a G.M. to cover the time he’s out.

“That’s not up to me, that’s up to Mr. McNair,” he said.

Smith also has a title of executive vice president, which he said he’d retain. He’s under contract through the 2020 season.

Smith’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in September, and he talked about what a trying year it had been for him from a personal standpoint, and the added pressure of his job made it that much more difficult for him.

11 responses to “Rick Smith will take year off, fine if Texans hire a G.M.

  1. This should help relieve the much reported tension between GM and HC. With a less toxic environment and Watson back healthy, look for the Texans to make noise in ’18.

    I do wonder how they’re planning to conduct predraft, the draft and FA without a GM actively in the mix.

  2. He’s drafted a lot of great players. He’ll be ok and fine another GM Job (when he wants one) in a heart beat.

  3. He’s drafted a lot of great players. He’ll be ok and find another GM Job (when he wants one) in a heart beat.

  4. bassplucker says:
    January 1, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    This should help relieve the much reported tension between GM and HC. With a less toxic environment and Watson back healthy, look for the Texans to make noise in ’18.

    I do wonder how they’re planning to conduct predraft, the draft and FA without a GM actively in the mix.
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    Best guess is they promote Jimmy Raye to GM and then Smith comes back in a year as Exec VP over Raye.

  5. Much respect to him for having his priorities straight. And best wishes to his wife. I’m sure it has been “trying” for him.

    To keep things in perspective though, there are millions of people going through similar issues without the huge salary or the option of taking a year off, or taking a leave of absence. Now that’s “trying.”

  6. This is a testament to man’s charter. There are so many things in life that are more important than the title on our business cards. Family is # 1 on that list.
    Prayers are with you and your family Rick.

  7. Wow. what a rough hand of cards, to be dealt. It is nice to see that this man’s priorities are straight. I wish the Smith’s only the best. Cast your worries unto the Lord & have faith in Him. He will take care of His children.

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