The Houston Texans fired coach Lovie Smith on Sunday night time, hours after the workforce completed 3-13-1 in his first season.
“We are grateful for [Smith’s] leadership and character, and we wish him the best moving forward,” chairman and CEO Cal McNair mentioned in a press release. “While we understand the results have not been what we had hoped for, we are committed to building a program that produces long-term, sustainable success. Our fans and city deserve a team that they can be proud of.”
The Texans now have fired back-to-back coaches after just one 12 months, having ousted David Culley final January. Smith was the defensive coordinator and affiliate head coach on Culley’s employees in 2021, and was elevated to go coach on Feb. 7.
“I’m constantly evaluating our football operation and believe this is the best decision for us at this time,” normal supervisor Nick Caserio mentioned in a press release. “It is my responsibility to build a comprehensive and competitive program that can sustain success over a long period of time. We aren’t there right now, however, with the support of the McNair family and the resources available to us, I’m confident in the direction of our football program moving forward.”
McNair mentioned he’ll work with Caserio to “find the right leader for our football team.”
The Texans completed their season with a win, beating the Indianapolis Colts 32-31 earlier Sunday, and had performed competitively in 4 of their final 5 video games. With the win together with the Chicago Bears’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings, they earned the No. 2 total choose and the Bears clinched the highest one for the 2023 NFL draft.
“We understand the totality of the season on what’s going on,” Smith mentioned after the win over the Colts. “Do I expect to be back? Yes, I expect to be back.”
The Texans now start their seek for their fourth head coach in 4 seasons. Former coach and GM Bill O’Brien was fired after beginning 0-4 to start the 2020 season after finishing six full seasons. Then the Texans employed Caserio as their new GM in 2021, who employed Culley. Culley went 4-13 in 2021 and was fired after one season.
The final workforce to have 4 totally different head coaches in consecutive seasons was the San Francisco 49ers, who ousted Jim Harbaugh in 2014, then employed Jim Tomsula in 2015, Chip Kelly in 2016 and Kyle Shanahan in 2017.
Culley and Smith had been the one Black coaches within the franchise’s historical past, and now Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers), Mike McDaniel (Miami Dolphins), Robert Saleh (New York Jets) and Ron Rivera (Washington Commanders) stay as the one head coaches of coloration.
The Texans’ season opened with a 20-20 tie in opposition to the Colts in extra time after they blew a 17-point lead within the fourth quarter, the place Smith performed for the tie in extra time to keep away from a loss.
The Texans had been aggressive in video games within the first half of the season, however fourth-quarter struggles continued to be a theme. The Texans failed to attain some extent in 4 out of the primary six video games within the fourth quarter.
And regardless of Smith coming over from the defensive facet of the ball, the Texans ranked final in rush yards allowed after being second to final in 2021. They additionally had been thirtieth in yards allowed and surrendered 24.7 factors per recreation, twenty seventh within the NFL. On the offensive facet, they had been second to final in factors scored per recreation (16).