The Houston Texans have fired Head Coach Lovie Smith after just one season in the position. This is the second year in a row that the Texans have fired a first-year Head Coach after firing David Culley last January. Smith was the defensive coordinator and associate coach on Culley’s staff and was promoted to Head Coach after Culley was fired from the team. Houston was in line for the first overall pick before winning their final game on a last-second hail mary and two-point conversion. They will now pick second in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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In his one season with the Houston Texans, Lovie Smith led the team to an overall record of 3-13-1. After the final game of the season, Smith said he expected to return to the team as the Head Coach next year. He was fired just a few hours later by the Texans. The Texans are expected to select a quarterback with the second overall pick, so they will be starting next season with a new quarterback and Head Coach.
Houston Texans CEO and Chairman Cal McNair said the following about the decision to fire Lovie Smith: “We are grateful for Smith’s leadership and character, and we wish him the best moving forward, while we understand the results have not been what we had hoped for, we are committed to building a program that produces long-term, sustainable success. Our fans and city deserve a team that they can be proud of.”