Texans Expected To Retain Bill O'Brien

Texans' GM Rick Smith taking leave of absence to care for cancer-stricken wife

Texans GM Rick Smith Taking Leave of Absence to Care for Wife Tiffany

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. This isn't exactly new; past year there were grumblings that O'Brien could leave because of his relationship with Smith, but the two made it work this season. He determined his wife and three children now needed him more than football.

"I am eternally grateful to the McNair family for their unwavering support during this time". This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field.

Well, despite everything that happened in the Texans' insane 2016 season, they made the playoffs and won a playoff game with Osweiler, so O'Brien was retained.

Houston hit Sunday's season finale with a 4-11 record after winning back-to-back AFC South championships. There's some uncertainty as it relates to head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith.

"We have a bond here with the coaching staff and the players and maybe it's because of all the things that we kind of had to deal with this year", O'Brien said earlier this week. I'm the head coach.

It remains possible Smith and O'Brien return with some restructuring around them, but it appears less likely in light of Friday's report by insider Aaron Wilson on the climate of the front office.

After Sunday's loss to the Colts, O'Brien called his first losing season as an National Football League coach "absolutely brutal".

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