The Chicago Bears surprised many last offseason when they decided to forgo the last season of Lovie Smith‘s contract and fire the head coach after nine seasons in the Windy Ciry. Smith was often criticized for the Bears’ offensive struggles, yet the Chicago defense was always up to par and it was a big reason why the Bears finished the 2012 campaign with a 10-6 record.
With that being said, Smith hasn’t even interviewed for a head coaching job since the Bears showed him the door in December of 2012. Despite taking a year off, Smith reportedly wants to get back into what he’s done so well over the last decade and there isn’t a better opportunity for Smith than the Houston Texans. First and foremost, Smith currently resides in Texas and has always prided himself in being a Texan — born and bread.
In addition, the Texans know where their bread is buttered as J.J. Watt is undoubtedly the best defensive player in the league and looks to wreak havoc on opposing offenses for years to come. Smith is known as a defensive guru as he mastered a 2006 Bears defense that totally took the NFL by storm en route to winning the NFC. So while some will beg the Texans to select an offensive-minded head coach, Smith clearly stands as the best fit for this job as his 84-66 overall record speaks for itself.
If the Texans want flash or pizzazz then they should look elsewhere, but if Houston wants to have a proven winner and ultimate professional then Smith is the ideal replacement to Gary Kubiak.