Lovie Smith rumors: Texans moving toward hiring current DC as head coach

February 7, 2022

The Texans are moving toward hiring defensive coordinator Lovie Smith as their new coach, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo.

Per Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, who first reported the news Monday, all signs are pointing toward Smith being hired as their next coach.

On Sunday night, ESPN reported that the Texans had included Smith in their discussions throughout the process, but that Smith, who was also the team’s associate head coach last year, has gained traction recently.

Former NFL quarterback Josh McCown, who was interviewed for the role, will not be the Texans’ next head coach, per the Houston Chronicle. If Smith is hired, the team’s offensive coordinator is expected to be current quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, per ESPN.