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Texans34Life
05-19-2006, 04:50 AM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/3874201.html

Broncos' Rick Smith to visit
Texans to talk to GM candidate with ties to Kubiak

By MEGAN MANFULL
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

The search for the Texans' next general manager officially will begin when Denver Broncos assistant general manager Rick Smith visits Reliant Stadium today.

Smith, who just completed his 10th season with the Broncos, will be the first candidate interviewed by Texans owner Bob McNair. Because of how well-respected he is around the league and his close relationship with new coach Gary Kubiak, Smith is expected to be one of the leading candidates for the job.

The Texans are seeking candidates who have strong backgrounds in evaluating talent and who can work well with Kubiak.

Smith fits both criteria. He's a former player and coach who has spent seven years focusing on pro personnel and has been one of the Broncos' primary negotiators of player contracts.

His relationship with Kubiak started 10 years ago when Smith joined the Broncos as an assistant coach on defense. At that time, Kubiak was entering his second season as the Broncos' offensive coordinator.

Smith, a former strong safety at Purdue, spent four years as an assistant before being placed in charge of the Broncos' pro personnel operations. He became known for his ability to find nuggets in free agency and late in the draft.

Charley Casserly, the only general manager in Texans history, resigned May 10, but is remaining on the job until June 1.

O.G.
05-19-2006, 08:16 AM
I believe he will be the choice. If the Bronco's are the blueprint we are instilling, then this would be a good choice.

Marcus
05-19-2006, 08:32 AM
:um:

Rick Smith is interviewing for the Texans' GM job just because Kubiak is the HC?

He's already the GM in Denver . . . so what gives?

Tex Trenches
05-19-2006, 09:25 AM
I believe Rick Smith is the assistant G.M.

Bobo
05-19-2006, 09:28 AM
I believe he will be the choice. If the Bronco's are the blueprint we are instilling, then this would be a good choice.

No, bad choice. Kubiak needs a check and balance in place due to his inexperience, not a yes-man.

Outlander
05-19-2006, 09:45 AM
Hmmm....you think Megan "MANFULL" got ribbed growing up with a last night like that?

Bearfan Blue and Orange
05-19-2006, 09:49 AM
No, bad choice. Kubiak needs a check and balance in place due to his inexperience, not a yes-man.


BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLEW

aj.
05-19-2006, 11:36 AM
Originally, Casserly was supposed to be the check and balance on Dom. That turned out real well.

I'm for whatever works and until proven otherwise I'll keep saying that I don't beleve McNair wants a strong GM.

nunusguy
05-19-2006, 02:11 PM
They just announced that Rick Smith would be on 610 this evening, 5-6.

Sportsfan
05-19-2006, 03:51 PM
thats so funny that y'all always title this type of thread

CHRONIC

Yeah for some reason that always makes me chuckle too. LOL

nunusguy
05-19-2006, 05:34 PM
Smith is on 610 right now, and this guy is really articulate, almost lawyerly
articulate and not like a football guy at all. Very sharp. He seems confidant and very cool.

aj.
05-19-2006, 05:39 PM
Came across very well. Said the right things. Obviously wants the job and got an invite back which is always a good sign. I think he's it.

Texans86
05-19-2006, 05:42 PM
Smith is on 610 right now, and this guy is really articulate, almost lawyerly
articulate and not like a football guy at all. Very sharp. He seems confidant and very cool.

The GM's are usually football guys who don't seem like football guys. These are some of the businessmen of football. Look at Casserly, I didn't think he looked like a football guy, but he knew his stuff. Looks can be decieving.

Exascor
05-19-2006, 05:45 PM
I just hope there's a lot of thought put into this. I'd hate to see a new GM become a roadblock to the Texans success. Maybe Smith would be a good choice if he sees things like Kubiak. Checks and balances can be counter productive sometimes. Glad it's not my choice.

cuppacoffee
05-19-2006, 06:22 PM
I believe he will be the choice. If the Bronco's are the blueprint we are instilling, then this would be a good choice.

I've been impressed with the moves that Kubiak is making.

So please don't mis-understand my question.

Why did we choose to emulate the Broncos?

Why not the Patriots?..:D

Just asking.

:coffee:

aj.
05-19-2006, 06:29 PM
Maybe because the Broncos have had only 3 losing seasons in the last 23 years and Kubiak was available and Belichick wasn't.

nunusguy
05-19-2006, 06:41 PM
Came across very well. Said the right things. Obviously wants the job and got an invite back which is always a good sign. I think he's it.
And I was sure Reggie was it. We don't want to assume anything with the
Texans.

cuppacoffee
05-19-2006, 07:04 PM
Maybe because the Broncos have had only 3 losing seasons in the last 23 years and Kubiak was available and Belichick wasn't.

Pretty remarkable accomplishment.

I would have to give most of the credit for that to ownership and not necessarily just to Shanny/Kubiak. I don't think that they have been there for the entire 23 years.

Hopefully Mr McNair will be as successfull from this point forward in running his franchise.

BTW Just a small difference in hiring Kubiak ( OC ) or Bellichick ( HC ).

My Irish beat the Texans to Bellichicks' OC. :D

No BoBo here. I like what the team has done so far* and expect to see a huge improvement in performance.

* not too sure about Rosenfels replacing Ragone though.



:coffee:

aj.
05-19-2006, 07:13 PM
Pretty remarkable accomplishment.

I would have to give most of the credit for that to ownership and not necessarily just to Shanny/Kubiak. I don't think that they have been there for the entire 23 years.


:coffee:

Kubiak was there for all but 3 of those 23 years as a player and a coach. Shanahan and Reeves were there for all but 2 of those 23 years. And yes, Pat Bolen is smart.

cuppacoffee
05-19-2006, 07:31 PM
Kubiak was there for all but 3 of those 23 years as a player and a coach. Shanahan and Reeves were there for all but 2 of those 23 years. And yes, Pat Bolen is smart.

Time flies. :bag:

:coffee:

aj.
05-19-2006, 07:48 PM
I should have said Shanahan OR Reeves. I think Shanny's in his 13th year or something like that. Wade was there for a couple, then Reeves for a long while before that.

Bobo
05-19-2006, 10:40 PM
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLEW

I'm not the only one who sees it this way, you know. It is NOT a good thing to throw all your eggs into one inexperienced basket like Kubiak because, if he is wrong, the whole thing is going to go down with him. If this Smith guy comes on, then Kubiak is basically the coach AND GM without having been the head coach of any NFL game EVER! That is a ridiculous thing to do. The franchise really does need another perspective to keep this guy in check. Heck, not even Parcells or Holmgren or anybody else has this much power, and it's unbelieveable that the Texans are even considering giving this much authority to this green a coach.

Bobo
05-19-2006, 10:43 PM
I just hope there's a lot of thought put into this. I'd hate to see a new GM become a roadblock to the Texans success. Maybe Smith would be a good choice if he sees things like Kubiak. Checks and balances can be counter productive sometimes. Glad it's not my choice.

Checks and balances are what makes this country great and prevents one-man rule. Different perspectives are NOT a bad thing, especially when you have this green a coach. I can't believe that this kind of approach is even being considered, giving a guy who has absolutely no experience the kind of power that not even the best coaches in the league have. This is a recipe for disaster.

Bobo
05-19-2006, 10:45 PM
Originally, Casserly was supposed to be the check and balance on Dom. That turned out real well.

I'm for whatever works and until proven otherwise I'll keep saying that I don't beleve McNair wants a strong GM.

If they hire Smith, they might as well not even hire a GM because he'll simply rubber stamp everything that Kubiak says. This is not a wise thing to do, especially with this green a coach. That kind of approach could hurt this franchise for years to come. Heck, what other head coach has this kind of power? I'll bet the rest of the NFL is just shaking their heads in disbelief.

TexanFan881
05-20-2006, 12:56 PM
Texans | R. Smith understands the personnel Kubiak needs
Sat, 20 May 2006 09:17:28 -0700

Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Denver Broncos assistant general manager Rick Smith, who interviewed for the Houston Texans general manager position, said he understands the type of players Texans head coach Gary Kubiak needs to help the team win. Smith knows the Broncos' offensive system, which is what Kubiak is trying to implement with the Texans. Smith said, "I have some familiarity with what Gary Kubiak would like to implement here from a football operations standpoint and from a talent evaluation standpoint. So we're excited about maybe the possibility of joining forces and doing it the way that we think can make this organization successful."


Texans | R. Smith says he works well with Kubiak
Sat, 20 May 2006 09:07:23 -0700

Nick Schenck, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Denver Broncos assistant general manager Rick Smith, who interviewed for the Houston Texans general manager position, says he and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak work well together. Smith added, "We've come from a successful system and we know how to implement the system. And I think the two of us, with our relationship, in terms of I think Gary trusts me and I think he respects me and I respect and trust him as well, will work well together." This is not the first general manager position Smith has interviewed for, but he believes this is the best fit for him.

They've both been successful in Denver, why not here :)