We’ve devoted a lot of time to debating the merits of Rick Smith and/or Bill O’Brien in this space. Some observers believe the Texans’ failings this year are more the result of Smith’s inability to address several positions of need. Others believe O’Brien did a poor job “coaching up” the talent Smith assembled. Others simply believe the historic run of injuries the Texans have suffered is the chief reason for the team’s downfall. Perhaps your opinion is that it’s a combination of those things or other factors.
In any event, I believe it’s safe to say that the majority of Texans fans believe there are problems at NRG Park, and speculation abounds—as it has for years—that we have reached a breaking point in a power struggle between the team’s general manager and its head coach that will be solved in the coming weeks.
MMQB’s Albert Breer is even more assertive about what’s coming at NRG Park once the season ends.
Simply, a reckoning is coming here. I’d be floored if O’Brien even considered signing an extension without changes to the way the football operation is aligned, and 2018 is a contract year for him. That would create a decision point for ownership—go forward for a year with a coach that would be the No. 1 guy on the market if free, or cut the cord now and move forward with GM Rick Smith.
How about that? A RECKONING.
As we sit here this morning, what’s your guess as to what happens? What will Bob McNair do (if anything)?