With just two weeks left in the season and the Texans long gone from the playoff picture, Houston is heating up its coaching search. First up for the Texans was former Bears coach Lovie Smith, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Smith interviewed with the Texans earlier this week and is expected to be a prime candidate for a number of other openings around the NFL this offseason. He was fired by the Bears after last season following nine seasons as the head man in Chicago. He decided to take this season off after failing to land a job.
Smith was 81-63 during his tenure with the Bears including a 3-3 record in the playoffs. He won three NFC North titles with the Bears and led them to Super Bowl XLI where they lost 29-17 to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Texans are also rumored to be interested in Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and even Phillips as potential candidates.