Rick Smith's days may be numbered as General Manager of the Houston Texans. The team is likely to overhaul their front office this offseason, reports CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Per La Canfora's report, Smith would be replaced as General Manager but stay in the organization.
The report alludes to Head Coach Bill O'Brien putting more of an imprint on the Texans by selecting his own General Manager:
Houston coach Bill O'Brien, who has already tripled last season's win total in his first season as an NFL head coach, is expected to have a significant say in who takes over the general manager position should this transition take place
If a change does happen, Smith would transition to a more expansive role with the Texans beyond football operations.
Smith joined the Texans as General Manager in 2006 after spending six years with the Denver Broncos, where he served as Director of Pro Personnel. During his time as GM, the Texans have gone to the playoff twice and had three winning seasons.
There has been some questions about Smith's direction for the Texans. Only three players (DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger, and Ryan Griffin) remain on the Texans active roster from the 2013 Draft. The top of the 2014 Draft class has failed to make an impact this season. The Ed Reed/Glover Quin adventure left a bad taste in Texans fans' mouth.
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports there is no changes forthcoming to the front office. Texans Vice Chairman Cal McNair stated, "There's absolutely no truth to it".
Texans vice chairman Cal McNair said "There's absolutely no truth to it" about http://t.co/lcV7wznjNW report that Rick Smith might not b GM— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 28, 2014
Since http://t.co/lcV7wznjNW story bout new GM came out this morn I've spoken to the 4 in front office I trust the most and all shot it down— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 28, 2014
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