Texans likely to keep Bill O'Brien as head coach, sources say

Texans likely to keep Bill O'Brien as head coach, sources say

Schefter does add "sources said there still are issues to be discussed and hashed out with his contract".

The problem in this is that O'Brien is only under contract for one more season while Smith was extended previous year through the 2020 season.

Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking a leave of absence to tend to his wife, Tiffany, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

If there is room for only one, the Houston Texans reportedly plan to retain head coach Bill O'Brien over his boss this offseason.

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.

Smith has been Houston's general manager since 2006 following a stint as director of pro personnel with the Denver Broncos.

The Texans head into the final week at 4-11, but began the season having gone 3-3 the first six weeks, with all three losses coming against playoff teams.

O'Brien has received public endorsements from Watson, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

That is the best case scenario for the Texans at this point, keeping continuity in the offensive system for their young quarterback, at least for another year to prove they can put it all together. McNair still must decide on O'Brien's status and figure out who will step in for Smith.

But middle ground between the coach and GM seem so far apart reports the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, that one or the other likely will be gone before next season.

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