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Texans' GM Rick Smith to take extended leave of absense

01 January 2018

O'Brien, 31-33 in Houston, is entering the final year of his contract in 2018.

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith announced Sunday that he will take an extended leave of absence in order to care for his ailing wife.

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Smith's decision to step away comes amid reports of discord with head coach Bill O'Brien. They have been to the playoffs four times and won three postseason games.

After another insane offseason that included the unloading of Osweiler and trading up for DeShaun Watson, the Texans finally appeared to have some clarity and direction for the team going forward, but rumors of a poor relationship between coach and management persisted.

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Houston lost arguably its best player in J.J. Watt, as well rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who proved to be quite the playmaker before getting injured. It's nearly certain that the franchise's front office will take that into consideration when discussing O'Brien's future, as injuries have absolutely had an effect on Houston's lack of success in 2017. It seems O'Brien will return, and along with him, the return of Watson.

The drama surrounding the Houston Texans internal battle between GM Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien has temporarily resolved itself with an unfortunate twist.

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The great news is, Watson will have O'Brien, whom he prefers, coaching him next year.

Texans' GM Rick Smith to take extended leave of absense