The Houston Texans had everything going their way with the emergence of rookie QB Deshaun Watson but after injuries to Watson, JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus, their season derailed and the franchise is now looking to make some changes.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle:
While the four-year partnership between O’Brien and Smith has produced two AFC South division titles, the relationship between the two is characterized as problematic and could lead to an either-or-situation going forward, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly
Another source speculated that Smith and O’Brien could keep working together but that it would be an “uneasy alliance” that’s somewhat untenable.
A third source with knowledge of the situation said he would be “kind of surprised” if the Texans don’t make a change.
While O’Brien has always described his relationship with Smith as good, this has been a time of serious uncertainty with a fair amount of anxiety at Kirby Drive as McNair, who likes continuity, contemplates how he’ll proceed. Should McNair decide to punt and put off the decision until O’Brien’s contract expires next year, sources say the Texans could be maintaining a difficult work environment.
We’ll see what happens after the team’s Week 17 game vs Indianapolis.