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Texans Expected To Name Lovie Smith As New Head Coach

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Lovie Smith
(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Texans Expected To Name Lovie Smith As New Head Coach

The Houston Texans are moving towards naming Lovie Smith their new head coach, Per Ian Rapoport. Although no deal is done, it is ”heading that way.”

Going from a fired college head coach with a 17-39 record to an NFL head coach in the span of about two years is a wild career jump, but that’s what’s happening with Lovie Smith. He served as the head coach at Illinois from 2016 to 2020, and had a terrible record before being fired.

Smith is just above .500 as an NFL head coach. He was the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 2004 to 2012, and was the 2005 coach of the year. Then Smith became the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014 to 2015. His career record as an NFL head coach is 89-87 in the regular season and 3-3 in the playoffs. This puts him right above .500 at .505 overall as an NFL head coach, now it’s looking very likely that he’s going to get another shot.

With Lovie Smith comes many years of experience. He’s been coaching since 1980(!!), and became a college level coach at 1983 as Tulsa’s linebackers coach.

Unfortunately, this seems like a similar situation to where the Texans were last offseason. Unless Houston greatly exceeds expectations, Lovie Smith might be another one and done coach like David Culley was, and that’s a shame because the Texans fought hard in 2021 despite the obvious talent disadvantage.

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