The Houston Texans reached a deal with their new head coach and it wasn’t who most were expecting. After a lengthy search full of controversy the team will hire David Culley as their new head coach. It was a surprising hire, but the Texans are poised to surround him with a strong coaching staff. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Texans are targeting Lovie Smith as their defensive coordinator.
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This would be Smith’s first NFL gig since he was the head coach of the Buccaneers in 2015. Lovie Smith would be a huge target for the Texans considering his profile at the professional level. As the head coach of the Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith was known for his ability to put together and coach an impactful defense. It was a big factor in helping him land a head coaching job with the Bucs after his breakup with the Chicago Bears.
Unfortunately, Lovie Smith’s tenure with the Illinois Fighting Illini did not work out as planned. He finished with an overall record of 17-39 in five seasons as the head coach, with just a 10-33 record in conference play. It was tough for Lovie Smith to walk away from coaching once again, however, a return to the NFL might be just what the doctor ordered.
Lovie Smith may not have been the best head coach at Illinois, but I believe he will be a good compliment to David Culley in Houston should he get hired. He has the experience and the defensive mind that the Texans have been lacking. Look out for more news on Lovie Smith in the days to come.
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