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Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended leave of absence

01 January, 2018, 03:11 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Amid reports of animosity between Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien, Smith announced Sunday that he is taking a leave of absence to be with his wife, who is battling breast cancer.

However, McNair may feel inclined to choose between O'Brien and Smith if the team owner believes the longstanding issues between the two can not be resolved.

We all wish Smith and his wife strength and positive vibes as they deal with her cancer and hope it all ends positively. Should McNair decide to punt and put off the decision until O'Brien's contract expires next year, sources say the Texans could be maintaining a hard work environment.

For a couple of years now, it seems like the Houston Texans have been sitting on the fence in making the decision of whether or not to fire head coach Bill O'Brien. "This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team bath on and off the field". They would like to have the position filled this week, according to persons familiar with the situation.

What the McNairs don't want is another general manager-coach relationship like the one Smith and O'Brien develoved into in recent years.

Another source speculated that Smith and O'Brien could keep working together but that it would be an "uneasy alliance" that's somewhat untenable. But later picks haven't panned out as well and his free-agent signings have been mixed.

Houston struggled to a 4-12 finish this season, however, and there are questions regarding whether Smith will be back with the team in 2018.

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