Texans GM taking leave of absence as wife battles cancer

Texans&apos Bill O'Brien may not be back in 2018 due to 'toxic&apos relationship with GM report says

The Texans have won two AFC South titles with Bill O'Brien as head coach and Rick Smith as general

"Effective immediately, I have chosen to take an extended leave of absence to focus my attention and intention on my wife's complete recovery from her recent diagnosis of breast cancer. I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority". The Sporting News' Alex Marvez reported on Sunday that O'Brien gave the Texans a "him or me", ultimatum. O'Brien also will push to have input in the hiring of a Smith replacement so he can have more say in personnel decisions, the source said.

Last week, O'Brien said he would be willing to coach the final season without signing a contract extension and said earlier this month that he "will never quit as head football coach of the Houston Texans".

The drama surrounding the Houston Texans internal battle between GM Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien has temporarily resolved itself with an unfortunate twist. O'Brien is now 31-33 in his four seasons in Houston.

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Brian Gaine, who was sacked by Smith after last season and was hired in Buffalo's personnel department, will be a leading candidate if McNair hires outside the organization.

It has been a season of struggle for the Texans in 2017. The Texans have finished with a losing record only four times since then while also making four playoff appearances.

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