There have been plenty of surprises to take away from the 2013 NFL season, but it’s safe to say nobody could have expected to see the Houston Texans lose 11-straight games–with their latest loss coming on Thursday as they fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20. Not even 24 hours after the loss, the Texans made the tough choice to fire head coach Gary Kubiak after eight seasons with Wade Phillips taking over as interim head coach.
With the move, Houston will have extra time to begin the search for a new head coach for the 2014 season and while there’s no reason to jump to conclusion just yet–there’s already rumors speculating the team’s interest in former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
McNair just indicated he wants to talk to Lovie Smith.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 6, 2013
Texans owner Bob McNair made it clear during a press conference on Friday he would prefer to have a head coach with NFL experience and after taking the 2013 season off–Smith could end up being his guy. Smith was let go by the Bears following the 2012 season after nine years as head coach and if the former head coach were looking for the perfect opportunity to bounce back–the Texans may be his best chance.
Many expected Houston to be one of the top teams in the AFC once again during the 2013 season as they were loaded with talent on both offense and defense, but that’s obviously been anything but the case as all signs point to the Texans earning the No. 1 pick following a dreadful season. While there will most likely be plenty of more coaching changes once the offseason gets underway, McNair and the Texans find themselves in the position to get an early start in the head coaching search–especially if they end up talking to an experienced coach like Smith.
Of course, let’s not forget all of the criticism Smith received when he was head coach of the Bears. Similar to the 2013 Texans, Smith took plenty of heat before he was fired by Chicago for his inability to lead the Bears to the playoffs in his final two seasons–despite having plenty of talent.
Either way, whether it’s Smith or someone else–the next Texans head coach will have plenty of work on his hands to help this team bounce back in 2014.