Stephen A. Smith says black coaches shouldn’t be running for Texans job

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The Houston Texans are again looking for a head coach after three straight seasons of firing their team after just one year in the lead role.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith believes that African-American coaches shouldn’t fill out that job application.

Speaking on his show, «First Take,» on Monday morning following the firing of Lovie Smith, who is the third African-American head coach to be fired in Houston since 2020, Stephen A. Smith discussed the Texans and CEO Cal McNair.

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Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith on the sidelines during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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«African Americans don’t need to run,» he said. «This is not an organization that has been fair to African Americans as far as I’m concerned. And I have these two as an example. You could use Romeo Crennel and the kind of situation they put him in the past. No I don’t I like this organization.»

Before Lovie Smith, Crennel (2020) and David Culley (2021) were fired after one season. Crennel took over after Bill O’Brien was laid off during the COVID year, going 4-8 with his group.

Culley then went 4-13 before being let go, making way for Smith this season.

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Houston hasn’t had the most competitive roster in recent years, especially after trading DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson, two of its biggest players who were key to making the playoffs in 2018 and 2019. Both seasons, the Texans won the AFC South, but they were never able to make a run for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

O’Brien was filling the role of head coach and general manager at the time of Hopkins’ trade to the Arizona Cardinals in March 2020, which received tons of backlash from fans and pundits alike, some of whom called it they rated as one of the worst trades of all. -hour.

Head coach Lovie Smith of the Houston Texans looks on before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Lovie Smith of the Houston Texans looks on before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 27, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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Watson then requested a trade after the 2020 season, as he did not like the changes that were made to the coaching staff and front office. Both sides were deadlocked until their sexual harassment allegations came to light.

Although he was not officially suspended at the time, the Texans did not play Watson during the 2021 season for «non-injury/personal reasons.» The Texans then traded Watson to the Cleveland Browns for their next three first-round picks, as well as the Browns’ third-round pick in 2023 and fourth-round picks in 2022 and 2024. Watson also signed a lucrative signing contract. five years and $230. million-dollar deal right after the trade to be Cleveland’s long-term option at quarterback.

In turn, the Texans went back to rebuilding, and these head coaches have struggled to create results early on.

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One of the main reasons is the post-Watson quarterback play, as Davis Mills, Kyle Allen and Tyrod Taylor all struggled to score points with the young corps on offense.

However, development takes time, which is why many are skeptical of the Texans’ plan. While players like Damien Pierce, Jalen Pitre, Derek Stingley Jr. and others have shown they can compete in this league, teams need time to rebuild and develop under one system.

The Texans have already begun their head coaching search, requesting interviews with Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero, defensive coordinator Eagles offensive Shane Steichen and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans.

Ryans and Evero are both black coaches, and the former was a Texans legend during his days as a linebacker. Ryans spent six seasons in Houston, making two Pro Bowls and being named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006.

Houston Texans head coach David Culley questions a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Houston.

Houston Texans head coach David Culley questions a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Houston.
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Evero was part of the mass layoff that occurred in Denver with head coach Nathaniel Hackett ousted before finishing his first season in charge.

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Anyone who is named the Texans’ head coach for next season will be happy to know that the team has two first-round picks, the No. 2 pick and the No. 12 pick by the Browns, as well as plenty of cap space to work with. in free agency.

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