Rick Smith Taking Extended Leave Of Absence From Texans

Report Texans will fire either Bill O'Brien or Rick Smith after season

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter the leave will be to attend to Smith's wife, Tiffany, who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence from his responsibilities as the Houston Texans' general manager. He determined that his wife and three children now need him the most.

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona.

But middle ground between the coach and GM seem so far apart reports the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, that one or the other likely will be gone before next season.

Smith reportedly has a close relationship with Texans owner Bob McNair and his son, team vice chairman and chief operating officer Cal McNair.




O'Brien has one season remaining on the five-year contract he signed when taking over as head coach of the Texans in 2014.

The Texans, who play at the Indianapolis Colts in their season finale on Sunday, are 1-6 since rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore the ACL in his right knee in early November.

Smith's decision to step away comes amid reports of discord with head coach Bill O'Brien.

Dec 17, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien looks on in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at EverBank Field. However, it is unlikely that Houston will allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension.

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