Houston Texans – 3 Coaches Fired
Defensive coordinator Richard Smith together with two other defensive coaches were fired by the Texans after Houston evaluated one of the worst league's defensive units.
Secondary coach Jon Hoke, defensive coach Jethro Franklin and smith were fired after Houston completed 8-8 for the second season and unfortunately continued to rank near the bottom of the league in defense.
Houston's offense finished the year being ranked third in the NFL. The defense was 22nd in total. Five teams had more points per game than the Texans' 24.6. Houston's defense had however improved late in the season but did not live up to the expectations of the first 2006 top pick Mario Williams. The other first-rounder's on their defense are Amobi Okoye and Travis Johnson.
Smith basically joined Houston in 2006 after working in Miami for one year as a defensive coordinator. He had earlier served as the assistant head coach and linebackers coach for Detroit for two years. Hoke on the other hand had had been the Texans secondary coach since 2002. Houston's defense was ranked 17th and generated only 12 interceptions in 2008.
On the other hand Franklin completed his second season with Houston. Houston coach Gary Kubiak said that he was planning to meet with team owner Bob McNair and begin the process of evaluating coaches. He said that it was part of their job to do so. However he pointed out that there were tough decisions to make and ensure that he does what is best for their football team as they move forward. He stressed on great evaluations for the team.
In 2007 Houston's defense was ranked 24th in total, but as by now it was down from 31 in 2007. Texans appeared 23rd after ranking 19th in the category last season. Kubiak said that he would look at the defense across the entire season not just during the last season.
The great decisions have regained new hope for Houston players as they look forward for great improvements in the next season. This has brought in many supports for the team as compared to the last season. They are now hoping for great results and great achievements.
However Houston Texans have named Frank Bush as the team's defensive coordinator, two weeks after the dismissal of Richard Smith. Bush is entering his 23rd season in NFL as a player, coach and scout. He was very much excited for the post and promised to do great things for the team.
It has been the first stint for Bush who has been a coach who has almost coached every group on the defensive side during his career. Bush assured the fans that he was going to bring a new identity to the Texan's defense which had not been doing well for the past years.
He finally urged the players to be aggressive, to play with a lot of passion and emotion; great attackers who fly around to the football. He says in that way, he will help their offense get ball back. This has brought a new beginning for Houston.