By
G. McConway
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January 9, 2023

Lovie Smith Fired After First Season as Texans Head Coach

Black Monday is here and there was blood on the floor before the midnight hour officially turned the day into Monday.

Sunday night, Lovie Smith was fired as the head coach of the Houston Texans.

It took about 10 seconds for this to turn into a racial issue.

Not Happy

General Manager Nick Caserio made the decision after the final game of the season.

The Houston Texans were playing hard down the stretch, even winning the season finale 32-31 over the Colts.

That win gave them a 3-13-1 final record, which resulted in Lovie Smith being fired.

Caserio stated, “I’m constantly evaluating our football operation and 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 over a long period of time. We aren’t there right now, however, with the support of the (team owner) McNair family and the resources available to us, I’m confident in the direction of our football program moving forward.”

This was the second straight season where a head coach was fired after having a coach in place for only one season. The season prior to that, the team decided to move on from interim head coach Romeo Crennel.

Between Crennel and Smith was David Culley. All three men are black, which led to the race card getting tossed around, as though the organization was purposely setting these coaches up for failure.

Robert Griffin III immediately unloaded…

Now, I am not one to ever support a coach being fired after one season, as I believe they need time to get their systems in place, but none of those coaches even managed to make an ounce of progress.

Crennel fished his time as the interim head coach with a 4-8 record, Culley finished with a 4-13 record, and Smith finished with a 3-13-1 record.

Even with the bad results, Smith expected to be brought back, telling the media, “A couple things, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. First off, there are reports. I don’t know what the reports are. . . Do I expect to be back? Yeah, I expect to be back. Absolutely.”

The bottom line is that this is all about winning, and after three atrocious seasons, this team will be struggling to put fans in the stands next season unless they make a big change to get the fans excited.

Right or wrong, the head coach is usually the one that takes the hit. This will be made about race, but it is really about results.

The Texans did not have to make the playoffs, but ownership clearly expected them to get closer to a .500 record, not further away.

Source: New York Post

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