The Houston Texans are expected to sign Lovie Smith as their next head coach, per ESPN . Smith has been involved with the Texans organization for some time. Smith is replacing David Culley, who was fired mid-January. Out of the 32 teams, the Texans’ defense under Smith ranked 23rd. Yet, they had 25 takeaways in 2021. They ranked 11th, just outside of the top ten in takeaways.
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“I’m humbled to be the next head coach of the Houston Texans and incredibly excited to continue to work with Nick,” Smith said in a statement. “I have so many friends, family, teammates, and coaches to thank for supporting me. They helped me continue to do what I love, which is teaching and developing players. I understand the responsibility I have to this organization and this city to develop a championship-level program. I’m ready to get to work and build it together.”
Lovie Smith’s coaching history
Smith has head coaching experience in the NFL. Many forget he coached the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He coached the Bears from 2004 to 2012, and he remained on the Buccaneers staff for a season, 2014 to 2015. Former Texans coach Culley and his staff welcomed Smith with open arms after his termination from the University of Illinois; Smith’s position as Illinois’ head coach ended after five seasons.
Smith’s overall record as an NFL head coach is 89-87. In 2005, the AP Coach of the Year award named Lovie Smith as its recipient. Smith joins a small company of minority coaches, New York Jets’ Robert Saleh, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, and Washington Commanders Ron Rivera.
The Texans’ selection of Smith and Dolphins’ hiring of McDaniel came after former Miami head coach Brian Flores filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL and several teams. The hiring of white candidates has continued. Six of the nine head coach openings filled are white.
The real issue or cause for concern here is if the Texans hire Smith strictly off the merit of their lack of minority coaches in the NFL. They’ve noticed several teams are under fire for having faulty practices. They possibly looked to bypass the controversy by standing out.
What does the Houston Texans’ future look like?
The Texans will not receive compensatory draft picks through the Smith hire. Under the Rooney Rule, teams receive two third-round picks for developing a minority assistant who’s hired for an head coach job. Due to Smith being already on their staff this rule will not apply to the Texans. Therefore, they will not receive compensation.
“I think Lovie’s a good coach. Smith’s done a lot for our program. Our system and our players have a lot of belief in him,” Caserio said.