Texans President and CEO Cal McNair issued a statement through the group saying that he and general manager Nick Caserio informed Smith they were heading in a different direction Sunday night.
“We are grateful for his leadership and character, and wish him the best going forward,” McNair said. “While we understand that the results are not what we expected, we are committed to building a program that generates long-term and sustained success.”
Smith left the Texans a parting gift they will never forget. Before being shown the door, Smith made the Texan the #1 pick in this summer’s NFL draft in what was probably the sweetest possible way.
Seven points behind the Indianapolis Colts at the end of the fourth quarter, Texas quarterback Davis Mills connected with an incredible 28-yard touchdown in fourth and long, sending the Texans all the way to the end of the game. . However, Smith wanted to win. The Texans successfully converted two points, and Houston walked away with a one-point victory, 32-31assigned the Chicago Bears (3-14) the top draft pick.
When recruit Smith as head coach last February, the Texas team promoted from within. Smith is Texas’ defensive coordinator and deputy head coach in 2021, serving on the coaching staff of David Culley, who was fired by Houston after the 4-13 win.
Following Smith’s split, the Texans will begin their search for a head coach for a fourth straight season.
each one report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, top contenders for the Texan job include Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, one ex-Texas.