Lovie Smith makes a last-ditch effort to save her job with the Texans.


Lovie Smith hopes Houston Texans owner Cal McNair gives her more than just one season.

If Houston Texans owner Cal McNair fires Lovie Smith after this season, they will have had one head coach two years in a row.

Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of The NFL Network reported on Saturday that « Lovie Smith met with owner Cal McNair to state his case for a second season in Houston. » McNair dismissed David Culley after just one season at the helm a year ago. He also fired Bill O’Brien four weeks into the 2020 NFL season to give Romeo Crennel a chance at the interim.

Going into Week 18, the Texans have the worst record in the NFL and could end up with the No. 1 pick.

NFL Rumors: Lovie Smith pleads her case to Houston Texans owner Cal McNair.

Although the Texans won their second game of the season just a few weeks ago, it was against the Tennessee Titans, who haven’t been the same since Ryan Tannehill went down. After that performance, Houston had its teeth knocked out by Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Only the hapless Indianapolis Colts remain.

In the event of a loss to the Colts or a Chicago Bears victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Houston will have obtained the first pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. This means that they will have the right to choose a potential quarterback between Bryce Young (Alabama) and CJ Stroud (Ohio State). Even if they finish in second place, Chicago doesn’t have to pick a quarterback.

Although no one reasonably expects the Texans to do much this year, Smith started every fall camp team meeting with a slide saying they will be Super Bowl champions. When the locker room reading goes wrong, you lose the locker room faster than you can hope to collect it. That and « overall operational difficulties » could be the end for Smith.

While general manager Nick Caserio might be sure, he hired Culley and Smith. So it wouldn’t be shocking if McNair wanted to do the housework entirely. Not only will the Texans have a top-two pick in the spring, but they’ll also have the Cleveland Browns’ first-round pick this year, as part of the trade for former Houston starting quarterback Deshaun Watson. You cannot overlook this!

Even though the Texans have been nothing but a flash in the pan since losing a gargantuan lead to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round three Januarys ago, Houston has the draft capital. to improve quickly. The question is whether they have the coaching staff to make this dream a reality. So far, what makes you think Smith and his team can do it?

If McNair decides enough is enough, keep an eye out for these two budding coaching candidates. Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was a finalist for Smith’s job a year ago. Not only is San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans an up-and-coming coaching candidate, he’s also a former Pro Bowl linebacker for the Texans.

Of course, Houston might want to opt for an offensive spirit in order to facilitate the arrival of a new quarterback.

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