There could be a new frontrunner for the Houston Texans head coaching job.
After Smith spent three years as a high school coach in the early 1980s, his first college coaching gig came in 1983 with Tulsa as his linebackers coach. Smith spent three more years as a linebackers coach with Tulsa, then served in the same role for one season with Wisconsin, four years with Arizona State and one with Kentucky in 1992.
Smith’s final years in college play until recently came as a defensive backs coach with Tennessee in 1993 and 1994, and Ohio State in 1995. 1996 to 2000, before moving on to served as St. Louis Rams’ Defensive Coordinator in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
The Gladewater, Texas native was the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 2004 to 2012 and the Buccaneers in 2014 and 2015. With the Bears, Smith compiled an 81-63 regular season record and a mark of 3-3 in the playoffs, which included an NFC title in 2006.
Smith went 8-24 in his two years at Tampa Bay before returning to the college ranks with Illinois as head coach from 2016-2020 and going 17-39. Smith was the Texans’ defensive coordinator in 2021, a season in which the club went 4-13.