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Watch Lovie Smith’s Introduction as Head Coach of the Texans

The newest Houston Texans head coach meets the media.

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After reviewing multiple candidates and failing to land one of them, the Houston Texans found their head coach. He was under their nose all along. It was defensive coordinator Lovie Smith. He wasn’t a target during the process until the very end, after Kevin O’Connell found a home, Josh McCown wasn’t deemed suitable (for whatever reason), and Jonathan Gannon was told no.

Today, the Texans, along with owner Cal McNair and general manager Nick Caserio, introduced Lovie Smith as the franchise’s new head coach. A fire alarm and crying child muffled the audio throughout it, but the Texans discussed family, getting fans back to the NRG Stadium, how there are only 32 of these positions, Smith coaching and calling the defense himself, Big Sandy High School, how Houston ended up with Smith, and the lack of diversity at the head coaching position in the NFL.

If you don’t want to watch the full thing, you can catch highlights from Rivers McCown.

Cal McNair’s monologue:

Brian Flores’s comments and the pending lawsuit against the NFL:

That fateful fire alarm going off:

There being only 32 of these jobs:

How to improve on the lack of diversity at the head coaching ranks in the NFL:

Getting the fans back to NRG Sttadium:

Personally, I think this presser felt a lot like last year. The same talking points were hit, the same cultural foundations were met, and the hiring process was just as bizarre. The difference is Lovie Smith has won football games at the NFL level as a head coach before, whereas David Culley was merely along for the ride. Who am I to tell you what to think and what to feel? Watch the press conference and decide for yourself.