Texans' GM Rick Smith to take extended leave of absense

Report Texans will fire either Bill O'Brien or Rick Smith after season

The Giants have made it clear they would like to hire a new coach with head coaching or significant coordinator experience, and O'Brien has both.

There has been speculation about O'Brien's future in Houston after the Texans struggled to a 4-12 season.

Earlier this month, O'Brien said that he "will never quit as head football coach of the Houston Texans".

Smith, the Texans general manager since June of 2006, has been taking care of his family's three children and making trips to Arizona, where his wife Tiffany has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

"I am eternally grateful to the McNair family for their unwavering support during this time". Should McNair decide to punt and put off the decision until O'Brien's contract expires next year, sources say the Texans could be maintaining a hard work environment.

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What the McNairs don't want is another general manager-coach relationship like the one Smith and O'Brien develoved into in recent years.

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

But on Sunday, moments after the Texans' loss to the Indianapolis Colts, came news that served as a reminder, like Harvey did, that some things are bigger than football. Houston has traded away its first- and second-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and does not have a pick until the third round.

The Texans were apparently deliberating whether or not to fire O'Brien at the end of this season, but that doesn't appear to be the case any longer.

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