The Houston Texans have fired head coach Lovie Smith after just one season in charge, the team announced Sunday.
The Texans finished the year with a 3-13-1 record.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Lovie Smith for everything he has brought to our team over the past two seasons as a coach and a leader,” Texans general manager Nick Caserio said. in a press release.
“I am constantly evaluating our football operation and I believe this is the best decision for us at this time. It is my responsibility to build a comprehensive and competitive program that can sustain success over a long period of time.
Smith is the second coach to last only one season with the Texans. The team fired David Culley after a 3-14 season last year, then hired Smith.
“We are grateful for his leadership and character, and wish him the best for the future,” said team president and CEO Cal McNair. “While we understand that the results have not met our expectations, we are committed to implementing a program that produces long-term sustainable success. Our fans and our city deserve a team they can be proud of.
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The dismissal comes after Houston defeated the Indianapolis Colts 32-31 earlier on Sunday, costing the team the chance to earn the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Chicago Bears clinched the No. 1 pick after finishing with a 3-14 record.