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Report: Changes To Houston Texans Front Office Likely This Offseason

Are Rick Smith's days numbered as Texans General Manager?

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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.

La Canfora pointed out a few possible replacements for Smith - Eagles personal man Tom Gamble, Patriots college scouting director Jon Robinson, and Patriots personnel man Nick Caserio.


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".

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