Source AP: Texans should hire Smith as new head coach | Sports News

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By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans should hire Lovie Smith as their head coach, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the team had not announced that Smith would be hired. The same source said an official announcement was expected later Monday or Tuesday morning.

Smith, who is black, will be the second minority candidate to be hired this offseason after the Miami Dolphins hired San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, who is biracial, on Sunday.

Smith spent last season as Houston’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator. He will succeed David Culley, who is also black, and was fired after just one season.

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Smith, 63, joined the Texans last offseason after spending 2016-20 as Illinois coach.

This will be the third NFL head coaching job for Smith, who coached the Chicago Bears for nine seasons and coached Tampa Bay for two seasons ending in 2015.

Now he takes charge of a team undergoing a complete rebuild after having traded or released almost all of its best players in the past two years. The Texans went 4-13 last season in a year that star quarterback Deshaun Watson did not play after a trade request and amid 22 lawsuits alleging sexual harassment or assault.

Smith will become the fifth head coach in franchise history, joining Dom Capers, Gary Kubiak, Bill O’Brien and Culley.

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