Texans refuse to clean house, blame Lovie Smith for Nick Caserio mess

The Texans fired Lovie Smith while making it clear that general manager Nick Caserio, who hired two head coaches who didn’t survive a year, is going nowhere.

The way the Houston Texans run their franchise, they don’t deserve the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. So it’s only fitting that the head coach they decided to scapegoat on Sunday night make sure they don’t get it.

Lovie Smith was fired after picking up a win over the Colts in the season finale. He only got one season in Houston before they hit him with a 3-13-1 record.

The man who hired him, the very man who hired the last coach fired after just one season, seems to have avoided the same fate.

Texans fire Lovie Smith while letting Nick Caserio off the hook with hiring failures

The Texans made Smith’s dismissal official with a statement from President and CEO Cal McNair that clearly supported GM Nick Caserio:

“Nick Caserio and I spoke with Lovie Smith tonight and informed him that we will be heading in a different direction as an organization. I appreciate Coach Smith and his entire family for their contributions over the two seasons. We are grateful for his leadership and character, and we wish him the best for the future.While we understand that the results have not been what we hoped for, we are committed to building a program that produces lasting success over the long term. “Our fans and our city deserve a team they can be proud of. I will work alongside Nick Caserio throughout this process and I am confident that we will find the right leader for our football team.”

Caserio hired two head coaches while he was general manager of the Texans. He fired them both after just one season. So why on earth is he lucky enough to get a third hire?

NFL Twitter had questions for Houston after that one.

Was Smith the problem? His team certainly struggled to find ways to win. They tied the Colts in Week 1 and beat the Jaguars in Week 5. They lost every other game in the first 15 weeks of the season.

However, they also showed remarkable combat for a team with so few weapons on either side of the ball. In the final month of the season, they pushed the Cowboys to a four-point loss. They took the Chiefs to overtime the following week and defeated a Titans side still battling for the AFC South title. Six of their losses were by one possession.


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