Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended family medical leave

Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended family medical leave

Dec 17, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien looks on in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at EverBank Field.

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffany, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer. Smith is taking a leave, effective immediately, to help his wife during her battle with breast cancer. 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. However, the most important thing at the moment is the health of Smith's wife.

Smith has been Houston's GM since 2006, during which time the Texans have compiled a 92-100 record. It is unlikely the team would allow him to coach next season without signing him to a contract extension in the offseason.




O'Brien has one year remaining on a five-year deal he signed to become the Texans head coach back in 2014.

Smith released a statement on Sunday after the Texans' 22-13 Week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

However, with the team's present and future quarterback Deshaun Watson has said he wants to play his entire career with O'Brien as his head coach, which could make McNair's decision much tougher. O'Brien is now 31-33 in his four seasons in Houston.

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