Texans GM Rick Smith takes leave of absence

Texans GM Rick Smith takes leave of absence

O'Brien has one season remaining on the five-year contract he signed when taking over as head coach of the Texans in 2014.

Smith began working for the Texans in 2006, becoming the league's youngest general manager at 36 years old.

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

Smith said he wants to focus on his wife's recovery from breast cancer.

Smith reportedly has a close relationship with Texans owner Bob McNair and his son, team vice chairman and chief operating officer Cal McNair. This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field. Smith also had his contract extended a year ago through the 2020 season.

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It is unclear at this point whether O'Brien will have a greater say in personnel decisions in Smith's absence.

His leave of absence comes after a hard 4-12 season for the Texans that brought rumors of a "toxic" relationship between Smith and coach Bill O'Brien.

O'Brien won two AFC South Championships but this year's team couldn't overcome season-ending injuries to marquee players like Watson, defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

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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