Lovie Smith fired hours after Houston Texans fell to 3-13-1, lost No. 1 overall draft pick
Lovie Smith was the latest NFL coach to be fired, and the first in the end-of-the-season cycle commonly known as “Black Monday.” Except Smith was let go only hours after Houston’s loss on Sunday to Indianapolis.
Houston’s win over the Colts gave the Texans the No. 2 overall pick as the Bears clinched the top spot for the 2023 NFL draft.
The Texans now have fired back-to-back coaches after just one year, after they fired David Culley last January. Smith was the defensive coordinator and associate head coach on Culley’s staff in 2021, and was elevated to head coach in February
“We are grateful for his leadership and character, and we wish him the best moving forward,” chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “While we understand the results have not been what we had hoped for, we are committed to building a program that produces long-term, sustainable success. Our fans and city deserve a team that they can be proud of.”
A statement from General Manager Nick Caserio: pic.twitter.com/rq44KxC2y1
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) January 9, 2023