The Texans fired Lovie Smith while specifying that GM Nick Caserio, who hired two head coaches who did not last a year, will not go anywhere.
The way the Houston Texans run their franchise, they don’t deserve the 2023 NFL Draft first pick. So it’s only fitting that the head coach they decided to scapegoat on Sunday night made sure that they don’t get it.
Lovie Smith was fired after earning a season-ending win over the Colts. He only had one season in Houston before being fired with a 3-13-1 record.
The man who hired him, the same man who hired the last coach fired after just one season, seems to have avoided the same fate.
The Texans fired Lovie Smith while letting Nick Caserio off the hook with hiring failures.
The Texans formalized the firing of Lovie Smith with a statement from President and CEO Cal McNair who clearly supported GM Nick Caserio:
“Nick Caserio and I spoke with Lovie Smith tonight and informed him that we are going in a different direction as an organization. I appreciate Coach Smith and his entire family for their contributions over these two seasons. We are grateful for his leadership and character, and we wish him the best for the future. While we understand that 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 our city deserve a team they can be proud of. I will work alongside Nick Caserio throughout this process and I am confident that we will find the right leader for our football team. »
Caserio hired two head coaches while he was GM of the Texans. He fired them both after just one season. So why on earth does he have the opportunity to make a third recruitment?
NFL Twitter had questions for Houston after that.
Was Smith the problem? His team certainly struggled to find ways to win. They tied the Colts in Week 1 and beat the Jaguars in Week 5. They lost every other game in the first 15 weeks of the season.
However, they also showed remarkable combativeness for a side with so few weapons on either side of the ball. In the final month of the season, they pushed the Cowboys to a four-point loss. They took the Chiefs to overtime the following week and beat a Titans side still in contention for the AFC South title. Six of their losses have come down to one possession.
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