Turmoil made the first two days of the Texans' offseason more interesting than were the last two months of their regular season. A few things were cleared up in Bob McNair's interview with the Chronicle's John McClain and Fox 26's Mark Berman (Click here to read that). The private interview followed a somewhat confusing news conference by former general manager Rick Smith on Monday, and a cagey performance by head coach Bill O'Brien in a news conference Tuesday.
The first time I broached the subject of Rick Smith being removed as general manager of the Texans was after the 2010 season. Well, seven years later, he is stepping down, albeit it under unfortunate circumstances, as he is taking a leave of absence to tend to family matters as his wife Tiffany recovers from breast cancer treatment. This opens the door for Bob McNair to make a home-run hire that could lift the organization to its first Super Bowl. More likely, McNair will blow it again.
As the Texans crawl to the finish line of a season in which they were knocked out of the race with a season-opening loss to Jacksonville, surely Bob McNair is taking a hard look at his organization and considering what changes he should make, if any. All indications are that McNair isn't going to part ways with his general manager, so I won't waste time running down Rick Smith's lengthy and impressive list of accomplishments, or his lengthy and embarrassing list of miscues and failures.
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