The Houston Texans came under fire Sunday night when the team decided to part ways with head coach Lovie Smith after just one season in charge.
The firing came hours after the Texans defeated the Indianapolis Colts and lost the first pick in the draft to the Chicago Bears.
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«Nick Caserio and I spoke with Lovie Smith tonight and let her know that we will be moving in a different direction as an organization,» Texans President and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. «I appreciate Coach Smith and his entire family for his contributions over the past two seasons. We are grateful for his leadership and character, and we wish him the best going forward.»
«While we understand the results have not been what we hoped for, we are committed to building a program that produces long-term, sustainable success. Our fans and the city deserve a team they can be proud of. I will work alongside Nick Caserio throughout throughout this process and I am confident that we will find the right leader for our soccer team.»
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Texans general manager Nick Caserio also released a statement.
«On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Lovie Smith for all that she has contributed to our team over the past two seasons as a coach and leader,» Caserio said. «I constantly evaluate our soccer operation and I believe this is the best decision for us at this time. It is my responsibility to build a comprehensive and competitive program that can sustain success for a long period of time. We are not there well.» Now, however, with the support of the McNair family and the resources available to us, I am confident in the leadership of our soccer program moving forward.»
However, after one season, the NFL world wondered what the Texans were up to. The team fired David Culley after one season before 2022 began and has now done the same for Smith.
Houston finished the season 3-13-1.
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Smith spent 2021 as an associate head coach before taking over from Culley. He was the head coach at Illinois from 2016 to 2020 before that.