Lovie Smith fired by Texans after one season


HOUSTON (KTRK) — On Sunday night, the Houston Texans fired coach Lovie Smith after only one season in which the team went 3-13-1.

The Texans have fired a coach after only one season for the second time in three years. They fired David Culley in January of last year after he went 4-13 in his only season.

“I’m constantly evaluating our football operation, and I believe this is the best decision for us right now,” general manager Nick Caserio said in a statement announcing Smith’s dismissal. “It is my responsibility to build a comprehensive and competitive program that can sustain success over a long period of time. We’re not there yet, but with the support of the (team owner) McNair family and the resources at our disposal, I’m optimistic about the future of our football program.”

For most of the season, the Texans had the league’s worst record, but they won two of their last three games, including a win over the Colts on Sunday that cost them the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. The win over Indianapolis, 32-31, gave Chicago the first overall pick in the April draft, leaving Houston to pick second.

Lovie Smith

Smith, 64, was one of the few Black coaches in the NFL, along with Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Tampa Bay’s Todd Bowles, and Miami’s biracial Mike McDaniel. The league requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching positions, but it has long fallen short of its goal of increasing the number of Black coaches in a league where Black players outnumber white players.

Smith was promoted to head coach after one season as the team’s defensive coordinator. He was in his 12th season as a head coach in 2022, and he has a 92-100-1 record in his career, which included nine seasons with the Bears and two with Tampa Bay.

Cal McNair, owner of the Texans, stated in a statement that he and Caserio informed Smith of the move Sunday night and thanked him for his “contributions over the last two seasons.”

“We appreciate his leadership and character, and we wish him the best in the future,” McNair said. “While we understand the results have not been what we had hoped for, we are committed to building a program that produces long-term, sustainable success. Our fans and city deserve a team to be proud of. Throughout this process, I will collaborate with Nick Caserio, and I am confident that we will find the right leader for our football team.”

His dismissal means the Texans will have a fourth head coach in as many years. Culley was hired after Houston coach Bill O’Brien was fired after losing the first four games of his seventh season.

The Texans have fired a shot for the second time this season.