Texans GM Rick Smith, coach Bill O'Brien's relationship is 'toxic'

Texans GM Rick Smith, coach Bill O'Brien's relationship is 'toxic'”

There had been considerable speculation the Texans would fire O'Brien and choose general manager Rick Smith in an apparent power struggle a Houston Chronicle report called "toxic".

From a contractual standpoint, O'Brien has limited leverage since one year remains on his Texans deal.

The problem in this is that O'Brien is only under contract for one more season while Smith was extended a year ago through the 2020 season.

In his "Who's safe" speculative report on AFC coaches,'s Ian Rapoport lays out a scenario where O'Brien and Smith can both remain in Houston.

Watson was putting up some kind of video game numbers in a system O'Brien designed for him prior to his ACL injury, and with the loss of Watson came the loss of the Texans' season.

"While the four-year partnership between O'Brien and Smith has produced two AFC South division titles", wrote Wilson, "the relationship between the two is characterized as problematic and could lead to an either-or-situation going forward, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly".

The Texans head into the final week at 4-11, but began the season having gone 3-3 the first six weeks, with all three losses coming against playoff teams.

Well, despite everything that happened in the Texans' insane 2016 season, they made the playoffs and won a playoff game with Osweiler, so O'Brien was retained.

The Houston Texans may have to make some major changes to their organizational structure this offseason, and they are reportedly exploring ways of doing that without needing a new head coach.

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