Houston, TX - According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans have already interviewed former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith to take over their head coaching position. Houston fired Gary Kubiak a couple of weeks ago and are looking for a new head coach with experience that can help the Texans get back on the right track. Smith posted an 81-63 record in nine seasons with the Bears and was thought of as one of the better head coaches in the NFL for quite a few of his years in Chicago.
The Texans are a franchise that is in disarray following one of the most disappointing seasons that the NFL has seen in recent history. Many analysts and fans were expecting Houston to make a run at a Super Bowl appearance, but the exact opposite type of season ended up happening. Houston is currently sitting at 2-12 and hasn’t won a game since Week 2 of the season.
Smith has a ton of NFL experience that would certainly benefit the young roster that the Texans currently have. It is likely that they will be drafting their new starting quarterback this offseason which would allow Smith to work with that young quarterback from the beginning. If the Texans do indeed make the hire of Lovie Smith, they would be getting a major upgrade from what they have had in recent years.
Houston’s defense is strong and their defense has the potential to be special with Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, but they need to put a legitimate NFL quarterback behind center. Drafting someone like a Teddy Bridgewater would certainly be a fast start towards getting to that point, and Smith would be able to help Bridgewater grow and reach his full potential. This is a move that the Texans should make for the future of their franchise.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.