Rick Smith Hired As Texans GM

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  1. Revolution

    Revolution All Pro

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    Texans Hire Rick Smith

    What do you think?

    Denver assistant general manager Rick Smith has accepted the job as the Texans' general manager and will be introduced at a press conference on Monday.
    Smith, 36, replaces Charley Casserly, who spent 6 1/2 years as general manager before resigning last month to pursue a position with the NFL office in New York.

    Owner Bob McNair has hired Smith over Green Bay director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie and New Orleans director of player personnel Rick Mueller. Smith joins the Texans after 10 seasons with the Broncos.

    The Texans refused to confirm Smith's hiring on Sunday. Vice president of communications Tony Wyllie said an announcement will be made "at the appropriate time."

    Smith, the only candidate the Texans brought in for two interviews, spent his first four years as an assistant coach at Denver and the last six years as the Broncos' director of pro personnel. In March, he was promoted to assistant general manager when the Atlanta Falcons tried to hire him.

    Smith is being reunited with his good friend, Gary Kubiak, the Texans' new coach. The two worked together closely in Denver, where Kubiak was the Broncos' offensive coordinator for 11 years before coming to Houston in January to replace Dom Capers.

    The Texans have hired Smith with two weeks of practices remaining. Kubiak said at the beginning of the search process that he hoped the Texans would be able to hire the new general manager in time for the two mini-camps so he would have an opportunity to become familiar with the players.

    The Texans have two more days of "organized team activities" on Monday and Tuesday. They will then start their first three-day mini-camp Wednesday Their second three-day mini-camp starts next Monday. The team will then take a break until training camp begins at the end of July.

    As Casserly did before he officially departed last week, Smith will work closely with Kubiak. Smith will be in charge of the draft and oversee the personnel department. Dan Ferens, the vice president of football administration, handles contract negotiations and the salary cap.
     
  2. hot pickle

    hot pickle Canada Eh

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    being on the 2007 Draft, lol, im just playin, its still way to early to bring that up
     
  3. mancunian

    mancunian Daleks Rule

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    Good - glad thay have made a decision. I was worried that they might drag their heals but getting the right man is important. I think its a good move.
    He has a good relationship with Kubiak and I think that was an important factor.
     
  4. Trap_Star

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    I agree...The new Texans Era has officially started.....
     
  5. TexansMVP

    TexansMVP Probowler

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    Nice pickup. We really are starting to look like the Houston Broncos.
     
  6. mancunian

    mancunian Daleks Rule

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    Its probably a good job we never became the Houston Stallions could you imagine the fun the fun they would have had with that one.:rolleyes:
     
  7. Jimpster

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    Great! I'm all for Rick Smith as our new GM. The only thing I am curious about is where did you obtain this information from?
     
  8. OzzO

    OzzO .. and then?

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    Wow, McKenzie must've rubbed them the wrong way for only Smith to make the 2nd interview. I was thinking it was one of those two anyway from the names I've seen floated around.

    Smith seemed to come across as the more "be all in agreement" type person and KcKenzie more the "I'll show why" type person.... IMO.

    Jimpster - he linked the chronic.

    prev. on Texans website

    Seems like they're gonna works towards equal billing between coach, "director" (not GM per se), and owner on player selections.
     


  9. mancunian

    mancunian Daleks Rule

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    theres a link in the first post of this thread that takes you to an article in the Houston Chron
     
  10. DocBar

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    Sounds like a good deal. With all the Bronco's ties we now have, I'm glad they've been such a good organization for so long. I wonder what moves they will make next. Should be an interesting rest of the offseason. Will John Elway be coming out of retirement???:lightbulb:
     
  11. mancunian

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    He could come and coach and Carr.....anyone know what he does nowadays?
     
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  13. TEXANS84

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    :redtowel::redtowel::redtowel:
     
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    And owner of the Arena Football team, Denver Crush.
     
  16. Texans_Chick

    Texans_Chick Utopian Dreamer

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    I think it is a good hire.

    The Denver offense requires a certain kind of player for RB, offensive line, QB and tight end. How better to get the right personnel than to get someone really familiar with the system?
     
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    I'm glad we got him :redtowel: I think he was by far the best option with us, with him having past experience with Kubes.
     
  18. Nawzer

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    Congrats to Rick Smith and the Houston Texans!
     
  19. Bobo

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    Awful, awful choice. Now a first-year head coach with absolutely no game experience in that position also has absolutely nobody to hold him in check. All this guy will be is a rubber stamp. It just keeps getting worse and worse.
     
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    Here it comes again:brickwall
     
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