Blame Gary Kubiak All You Want, But Rick Smith Shares the Responsibility for the Texans' Failure
Does anybody trust Smith to run a draft? To pick a coach? Does anybody think a proven coach like Gruden or Dungy will want a job that has the likes of Smith around as the boss, especially now that it appears Smith was one of those stabbing Kubiak in the back, which is quite the payback seeing as how Kubiak supposedly got Smith the job.
The front line's a mess. There's no QB, the tight ends might be gone after the year, Andre Johnson's another year older and Arian Foster's coming off another injury. Does anybody besides Bob McNair think that Smith is the person to fix this?
The Texans aren't the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were an underperforming franchise stocked with Pro Bowlers and All-Pros who just needed the right coach. Aside from Andre Johnson, J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing (when healthy), the Texans are just average. Andy Reid could leave KC for Houston and not come close to replicating the success the Chiefs are having this season.
Maybe I'm reading this all wrong. Maybe next season's Texans, under the guidance of a new head coach, are this season's Chiefs. Maybe Rick Smith will be proven a genius when he's working with a new coach who's not an offensive genius or a quarterback guru. Maybe Bob McNair got it right and Smith's greatness has been hidden by the ineptitude of Gary Kubiak.
But does anybody believe this? Anybody besides Bob McNair? And does it really matter if anybody else really believes it because the only person who needs to believe it is McNair, and he appears to be buying into the crap that Smith's shoveling, which means the ultimate problem may not be Rick Smith, but McNair. It's McNair who's screwed up his big hires. Who chose Charley Casserly and Dom Capers? It's McNair who picked Gary Kubiak and then Rick Smith. It's McNair who made the hiring of Capers's replacement contingent on fixing David Carr.
Bob McNair means well. But meaning well isn't enough. Not when meaning well consistently produces a mediocre football team before a loyal fan base that is just waiting to embrace a winner, and that's forever left disappointed.