Texans not planning to fire O'Brien

Texans' GM Rick Smith to take extended leave of absense

Despite the injuries to names like JJ Watt, Deshaun Watson, and Whitney Mercilus that completed turned the season upside down, Bill O'Brien or GM Rick Smith will reportedly get their walking papers once the season is officially over, if a recent report of their relationship proves true. Though he was 31-32 in Texas before Sunday's finale against the Indianapolis Colts, he is viewed by many around the league as a good coach who has had to deal with not only conflicts with his general manager but a revolving door of mediocre quarterbacks. He determined his wife and three children now needed him more than football.

Smith made the announcement Sunday after spending time away from the team. "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".

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.

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There has been much speculation about O'Brien's future in Houston, with the Texans struggling through a 4-11 season after winning back-to-back AFC South titles in 2015 and 2016.

O'Brien has been firmly on the hot seat in Houston and has rarely seen eye to eye with GM Rick Smith.

"That's out of my control, but I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me", Watson said earlier this month. It is unlikely the team would allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension in the offseason.

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