The Houston Texans could be in for an offseason of change. Despite finding their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson and making the playoffs twice since 2015, the Texans could be in the market for a new general manager or coach after their 4-11 season wraps up on Sunday. According to a report from the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the relationship between general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien is "toxic" and "dysfunctional," which could lead to changes in Houston this offseason. From the Chronicle's report: "It's toxic," one source said. "It's dysfunctional." Another source speculated that Smith and O'Brien could keep working together but that it would be an "uneasy alliance" that's somewhat untenable. A third source with knowledge of the situation said he would be "kind of surprised" if the Texans don't make a change. Smith has been stationed in Houston as the team's GM since 2006, and he's posted a 92-99 record with four playoff appearances. He's been responsible for the drafting of top players like J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, DeAndre Hopkins, and Whitney Mercilus. Smith is under contract through 2020.
Texans GM Rick Smith, coach Bill O'Brien's relationship is 'toxic'
CBS Sports | Dec 29