In the statement, Smith said his wife, Tiffany, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. We are faithful and trust in God's promise of healing and Wholeness.
"I am eternally grateful to the McNair family for their unwavering support during this time". This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field.
O'Brien's future with the team has been in question as the Texans (4-11) enter Sunday's season finale against the host Indianapolis Colts (3-12). On Sunday morning, ESPN reported that O'Brien is likely to be back in Houston in 2018. Reports also surfaced Sunday morning that O'Brien was likely to return for 2018, which is the final year of his contract now.
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O'Brien has one season remaining on the five-year contract he signed when taking over as head coach of the Texans in 2014. However, the most important thing at the moment is the health of Smith's wife.
After another insane offseason that included the unloading of Osweiler and trading up for DeShaun Watson, the Texans finally appeared to have some clarity and direction for the team going forward, but rumors of a poor relationship between coach and management persisted.