Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended family medical leave

Bill O'Brien-Rick Smith showdown to take place in front of Texans owner Bob McNair

According to a report from the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, the relationship between general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien is "toxic" and "dysfunctional," which could lead to changes in Houston this offseason. Reports also surfaced Sunday morning that O'Brien was likely to return for 2018, which is the final year of his contract now.

The Houston Texans will likely retain Bill O'Brien as head coach in 2018. She also has spent time supporting the Lady Texans - a team-sponsored outreach program - and serves on the board of the Children's Museum of Houston; Pro-Vision Academy, a charter school serving at-risk youth; and the Susie Bean Foundation, a charity that supports children with special needs.

There has been much speculation about O'Brien's future in Houston, with the Texans struggling through a 4-11 season after winning back-to-back AFC South titles in 2015 and 2016.

O'Brien has received public endorsements from Watson, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

That is the best case scenario for the Texans at this point, keeping continuity in the offensive system for their young quarterback, at least for another year to prove they can put it all together.

O'Brien has one year remaining on a five-year deal he signed to become the Texans head coach back in 2014.

"That's out of my control, but I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me", said Watson earlier in the month.

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