O'Brien likely to remain with Texans

The McNairs want to move fast because the Texans need their new general manager and O'Brien to be on the same page because they'll have free agency (in March) and the draft (in April) to improve a team that plunged from first to worst in the AFC South this season.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Smith has spent much of the 2017 season tending to his wife while she undergoes treatments in Arizona.

Smith reportedly has a close relationship with Texans owner Bob McNair and his son, team vice chairman and chief operating officer Cal McNair. "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".

From a contractual standpoint, O'Brien has limited leverage since one year remains on his Texans deal.

Risky cold on tap for New Year's Eve
Wind chill temperatures should drop between five and 15 degrees Sunday morning, and down to five below Monday morning. These conditions are extremely unsafe , that being said, frostbite can set in, in under 10 minutes.

The drama surrounding the Houston Texans internal battle between GM Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien has temporarily resolved itself with an unfortunate twist. Sure there's going to be some issues arise when it comes to O'Brien's future in Houston and who he will now talk with as it relates to said future. "I don't control that". Smith was given a four-year contract extension in July 2016.

After Sunday's loss to the Colts, O'Brien called his first losing season as an National Football League coach "absolutely brutal".

O'Brien has went 9-7 each of his first 3 years until this season and is in his final year of his contract.

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