It appears the Houston Texans are completing a deal with former Illinois head coach Lovie Smith to become the team's next head coaching candidate. The former defensive coordinator was previously unmentioned in the Texans'search until about 12 hours ago, when multiple reports surfaced that Smith was in talks with the 'Titans. The 'Titans had previously interviewed Josh McCown, Brian Flores, and Jonathan Gannon as candidates. On the other hand, the 'Texans'have already interviewed Smith. The move also comes amid a quarterback dilemma. The Texans still need to address the Deshaun Watson issue, which he addressed while coaching the Chicago Bears. Smith's presence in the organization should help them attract more free agents, who are eager to sign with teams that have proven to be successful in the past. Although the 'Texans'still have a long way to go, Smith's presence should make it easier to lure players away from other teams. During his tenure with the Chicago Bears, Smith led the team to two Super Bowls and the convention title.
However, his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended in disappointment, as they finished 28th in points allowed and 31st in yards. While Smith brings a wealth of experience to the locker room, he will also have to reinvent his old school approach to winning football games.