O'Brien likely to remain with Texans

  • O'Brien likely to remain with Texans

O'Brien likely to remain with Texans

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith has issued a statement, indicating that he's taking a leave from his position to care for his wife, Tiffany. "We are faithful and trust in God's promise of healing and wholeness".

In the statement, Smith said that it was hard decision and that he is grateful for the support of Texans owner Bob McNair and his family, via Amy Palcic from the team's PR staff. "I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority". 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.

Smith has been Houston's GM since 2006, during which time the Texans have compiled a 92-100 record. That tracks with what Wilson reported, that it could be an "either-or-situation" with O'Brien and Smith.

The Texans just could not catch a break this season, but they have the pieces to their fortunes around quickly. He determined that his wife and three children now need him the most.

"A third source with knowledge of the situation said he would be "kind of surprised" if the Texans don't make a change".

Meanwhile, speaking after Sunday's 22-13 season finale loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Bill O'Brien said his future as head coach of the Texans is up to owner Bob McNair.