Over this miserable season the Houston Texans have had, there have been very few positives to come out of it. A quarterback controversy — no, a quarterback mess — featuring Matt Schaub toward the beginning of the year was the catalyst for a now 12-game losing streak. Both top running backs, Arian Foster and Ben Tate, have been placed on injured reserve. Not to mention, Houston has fallen to 25th in the league in total points allowed. To top it all off, earlier this month former head coach Gary Kubiak was fired.
Talk about a quick turnaround in the opposite direction.
Finally, though, Houston could be in for some good news. It looks like they are not waiting to start the hiring process for their next head coach, as John McClain of The Houston Chronicle is reporting they have already interviewed a potential replacement.
That candidate is none other than former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
Smith went 81-63 with the Bears in nine seasons as their head coach before being fired this past offseason after a 10-6 season in 2012. In nine seasons with Chicago, the Bears led the league in takeaways and always aimed to score touchdowns on that side of the ball.
For a defense that has fallen off this year, mainly due to the offense’s lack of production, Smith would be a fantastic hire. His defensive mindset would work great with cornerstones like J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing — who should be back by the start of next year — among others.
The best part about Smith is that he is a true player’s coach. Following his departure in Chicago, many Bears players told stories of Smith being more of a father figure to them in certain respects. He demands respect from the get-go, but he’ll do everything possible to put his players in the best scenario to succeed.