Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

The Texans are likely to retain coach Bill O'Brien according to an ESPN report

Last week, O'Brien said he would be willing to coach the final season without signing a contract extension and said earlier this month that he "will never quit as head football coach of the Houston Texans". Reports also surfaced Sunday morning that O'Brien was likely to return for 2018, which is the final year of his contract now.

Smith announced he is taking an extended leave of absence from his duties running the Texans to help his wife as she battles breast cancer.

How is he supposed to do that without a viable option at quarterback? With one game to play this year, Houston is just 4-11.

There had been reports that the Texans were headed for a showdown - Smith vs. head coach Bill O'Brien - with one or perhaps both being on the hot seat following the season.

After another insane offseason that included the unloading of Osweiler and trading up for DeShaun Watson, the Texans finally appeared to have some clarity and direction for the team going forward, but rumors of a poor relationship between coach and management persisted.


Well, the loss of Watson and a number of other key players, including J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus...

It has been a season of struggle for the Texans in 2017.

O'Brien has received public endorsements from Watson, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. The most notable incident was Smith signing QB Brock Osweiler without consulting O'Brien prior to the 2016 season.

"I don't have any comment on that", O'Brien said Sunday.

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