According to John McClain, formerly a long time reporter with the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans have interviewed former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith for their open head coaching job. Smith took this year off after being fired by the Bears for going 10-6 and not making the playoffs, he could be one of the most sought after candidates for this season. According to McClain, the Texans are also interested in Wade Phillips, the current defensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, the former Arizona Cardinals head coach and current San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator and Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien.
Lovie Smith, who grew up in Texas and went to college at Tulsa, has a career record of 84-66, which is simply outstanding. His 3-3 playoff record is not a world beater, but he managed to get a team led by Rex Grossman to the Super Bowl. There are probably people who are going to use the retread label on Smith, but his credentials are impeccable. The only real question with Lovie Smith and the Texans is the fact that Smith’s expertise is on the defensive side of the ball and the Texans issues are on offense. Certainly, he could bring in a good offensive coordinator, but that could be the issue there.