Rick Smith’s future in Houston yet to be determined

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Rick Smith’s future is in doubt. Will he return to the Texans a year from now, and if so, in what capacity?

Texans owner Bob McNair isn’t ready to address Smith’s next career move.

Smith took a year-long leave of absence to care for his three children and his wife, Tiffany, as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer. The team has began the process of replacing him as General Manager.

“Rick needs to take care of his family,” McNair said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “Hopefully, they’ll get good results this year. Some people have raised the question if Rick comes back at the end of a year, he’s going to have undue influence on the G.M. That’s not the case at all.

“Rick might not want to come back. We don’t know what Rick might do. That’s something we’ll discuss a year from now. The only concern is to take care of his family, and we’re not going beyond that.”

6 responses to “Rick Smith’s future in Houston yet to be determined

  1. He could have been a little more diplomatic by saying “Rick might be ABLE to come back”.

    I think the writing is on the wall. He wants a new GM but it’s bad look to fire a guy in that situation. Otherwise, who would take the job on an interim basis? A cap guy?

  2. No serious GM candidate will take that job if there is any possibility that Smith comes back. O’Brien probably will leave if Smith comes back. Smith has a rough personal situation, but that organization needs to move on.

  3. phinland says:
    January 3, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Rick Smith would of been fired had he not decided to take a “leave of absence”
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    Rick Smith should have been fired before this but he is a de facto member of the McNair family. How has that changed? Please tell us the details of your inside scoop.

  4. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    January 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

    phinland says:
    January 3, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Rick Smith would of been fired had he not decided to take a “leave of absence”
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    Rick Smith should have been fired before this but he is a de facto member of the McNair family. How has that changed? Please tell us the details of your inside scoop.
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    The story of him being godfather to Cal McNair’s kids isn’t true, it’s an urban myth came up by fans who couldn’t believe he could last as long as he did. The fact is Bob McNair is loyal to a fault. However in this case we don’t know for certain if he would have been fired or not, but things were definitely coming to a head between Smith and O’Brien, and I think it was going to come down to an “either he goes or I go” situation that resolved itself, unfortunately, with Smith’s wife’s diagnosis in September.

  5. I really expected O’Brien to resign and look to get back into coaching at the collegiate level. He wants some (more) control over who his players are and hasn’t been happy with Smith’s personnel moves. I suspect Smith going on leave helped keep BO in Houston.

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