Texans GM Rick Smith taking 'extended leave of absence'

Texans' Bill O'Brien may not be back in 2018 due to 'toxic' relationship with GM report says

There had been considerable speculation the Texans would fire O'Brien and choose general manager Rick Smith in an apparent power struggle a Houston Chronicle report called "toxic". O'Brien is expected to remain as coach, though no formal announcement has been made as of press time.

Rick and Tiffany Smith have been in Houston for more than a decade, and she has helped raise their three children.

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona. This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field.

Smith has been the general manager for the franchise since 2006 and was elevated to an additional role as executive vice president in 2012. Smith was given a four-year contract extension in July 2016.

"Another source speculated that Smith and O'Brien could keep working together but that it would be an "uneasy alliance" that's somewhat untenable", Wilson continued.

But on Sunday, moments after the Texans' loss to the Indianapolis Colts, came news that served as a reminder, like Harvey did, that some things are bigger than football.

"That's out of my control, but I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me", said Watson earlier in the month.

For a couple of years now, it seems like the Houston Texans have been sitting on the fence in making the decision of whether or not to fire head coach Bill O'Brien.

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