Texans GM Taking Leave Of Absence

Following Houston’s 22-13 loss vs. the Colts, Texans general manager and executive vice president Rick Smith announced he was taking an extended leave of absence to care for his wife, Tiffany, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Sarah Barshop reported. Rick Smith (Vertical)

In a statement, Smith said, “I am eternally grateful to the McNair family for their unwavering support during this trying time. This was an extremely difficult decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field. I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority.”

Smith has served as Houston’s general manager since 2006, when owner Bob McNair hired him as the youngest GM in the league at the age of 36. During his tenure with the team, Smith has constructed a team that claimed four AFC South division titles in a six-year span (2011-16). In his second season on the job, Smith helped the Texans to their first non-losing season in franchise history. He has only finished below .500 four times in 12 seasons.

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  1. mcdusty31

    Prayers and healing for Mrs. Smith, these are they type of situations that make the game seem small

  2. ldfanatic

    Prayers and best wishes for his wife.

    Am I the only one who wonders how much of this truly has to do with her as much as it makes it easier for him to go out than being fired? Not trying to be insensitive, just a big coincidence that it was going to come down to one or both getting fired.

    • brewcrewer

      Not trying to be, but still are. I doubt he gets fired if he stays. they we’re two unlucky injuries away from taking the division again. don’t be a dbag

      • ldfanatic

        Seems like a fairly reasonable question to ask for those paid to ask questions.

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