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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 10:42:29 -0800
Houston Texans QB Tom Savage is intent on winning the starting job, especially in the wake of the news that team owner Bob McNair has reportedly made it very clear to general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien that the Texans replace Brian Hoyer.
Fantasy Tip: There seems to be some thought that Savage will compete with a first- or second-round rookie for the starting job in training camp. The loser of that competition would then fall behind Hoyer, who the Texans seem to like in a backup role. Even in O'Brien's quarterback-friendly system, Savage or the yet-to-be-named rookie would likely be little more than a low-end QB2 at best in 2016.
Mon, 15 Feb 2016 11:21:52 -0800
Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer is unlikely to begin next season as the starter. Team owner Bob McNair has all but publicly demanded general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien replace the journeyman.
Fantasy Tip: Hoyer melted down in the Texans' playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, which was probably the final straw for McNair. Houston has been linked to almost every potential free-agent quarterback - such as Robert Griffin III - to most of the top signal-callers available in the draft that could be on the board at pick No. 22, such as Memphis' Paxton Lynch or Michigan State's Connor Cook. Either way, fantasy owners should expect Hoyer to holding a clipboard for most of 2016.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:29:45 -0800
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith will work with each other for a third straight year in 2016, according to owner Bob McNair. "I see no reason they (Smith and O'Brien) can't (work together). They've been working together. They're bright, and they're independent and they express their opinions," McNair said.
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:58:39 -0700
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team will switch from grass to artificial turf at NRG Stadium the rest of the season.
Fantasy Tip: DeAndre Hopkins could benefit in the long run as receivers' speed is more consistent on turf than in grass that could break away under them. Hopkins ($7,600, 15.2% of cap) is still a good option on FantasyScore at Carolina this week.
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:50:09 -0700
Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus is the subject of conversation about whether his fifth-year option will be picked up, according to general manager Rick Smith.
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:51:34 -0800
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is expected to receive a bigger role in the organization this offseason, and that the team likely will hire a new general manager, according to sources. Head coach Bill O'Brien is expected to have a significant say in who should be hired as general manager if Smith receives a bigger role.
Thu, 22 May 2014 11:39:38 -0700
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith have been in contact with WR Andre Johnson to try to ease his concerns and get him to show up to offseason activities. The team can not trade him.
Fri, 09 May 2014 13:48:23 -0700
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team has not had any trade discussions with the New England Patriots on QB Ryan Mallett.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:32:03 -0700
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith was present for the Louisiana State Pro Day Wednesday, April 9.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:22:31 -0700
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith, head coach Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel attended the South Carolina Pro Day Wednesday, April 2, to watch DE Jadeveon Clowney work out.
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 08:04:33 -0800
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith went to Louisville's bowl game Saturday, Dec. 28, to watch QB Teddy Bridgewater, who could enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:20:45 -0800
Houston Texans GM Rick Smith said impending free-agent LB Connor Barwin is part of the team's core and the team is still trying to sign him.
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 04:41:24 -0700
Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams said his former team, the Houston Texans, forced his exit out of town. Williams maintains he wanted to remain with the team all along. "I didn't want to enter free agency in the first place, but it was a one-way door given to me by the GM to leave Houston," Williams said, referring to general manager Rick Smith. "I want the fans there to know entering free agency was not my decision."
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 08:52:02 -0700
The Houston Texans have agreed to contract extensions for both general manager Rick Smith and head coach Gary Kubiak, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. A formal announcement is expected Thursday, June 14.
Mon, 07 May 2012 10:18:31 -0700
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said he is ready to begin contract extension talks with head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith. McNair said there is no timetable for agreements but did say Kubiak would be the first to receive an extension.
Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:04:49 -0800
The Houston Texans are expected to sign head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith to contract extensions at some point this offseason. Both are entering the final year of their contract.
Tue, 18 May 2010 05:47:11 -0700
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team is willing to sit down with WR Andre Johnson and attempt to rework his current contract, according to ESPN.com. However, Smith added that redoing a contract with five years remaining, as Johnson's does, will be difficult. "It's very difficult," Smith said. "It's something that's not customary, but we've got a relationship with him and he knows we are willing to sit down and talk with him."
Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:19:56 -0700
Steve Reed, of CarolinaGrowl.com, reports Rick Smith, agent for Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme, said the Panthers and Delhomme are not close to agreeing on a contract extension.
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 11:23:12 -0800
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team will like to re-sign impending free-agent FS Eugene Wilson this offseason.
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 11:22:56 -0800
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said the Texans are working hard to try to re-sign impending free-agent CB Dunta Robinson.
Mon, 16 Jun 2008 19:26:20 -0700
The Associated Press reports Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith will serve on the new general managers committee. The new committee will provide advice on protecting and supporting the integrity of the game, expanded use of technology, player development and scouting opportunities, and ways to improve the Pro Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Draft and preseason.
Tue, 03 Jun 2008 11:11:39 -0700
Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com, reports the Houston Texans announced general manager Rick Smith signed a four-year contract extension Tuesday, June 3. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 09:38:22 -0700
Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith feels the team addressed positions of need in the 2008 NFL Draft. "We feel like we have added some positions of need," Smith said. "We feel like we have added a couple of players who can make plays. I'm just excited about the whole class and excited about the way the whole thing kind of fell into place."
Fri, 25 Apr 2008 13:39:45 -0700
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said he thinks scouting departments across the league have done a good job for many years going into the small schools and finding draft prospects.
Thu, 24 Apr 2008 19:07:07 -0700
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans would be interested in moving back in the 2008 NFL Draft and acquiring extra picks. The team has only five after trading away their second- and sixth-round picks. General manager Rick Smith said, "Certainly we're confident that we're going to get a good player at the 18th pick, but if there is an opportunity for us to move backwards and acquire additional picks I think you've got to entertain that."
Thu, 24 Apr 2008 10:27:36 -0700
Brooke Bentley, of HoustonTexans.com, reports the Houston Texans are open to trading down in this year's NFL Draft. "I think what happens is as the board starts to fall and you start to evaluate the players that are on the board, if there is a player that that you feel like can make a significant difference with your club I think you've got to take (him)," general manger Rick Smith said. "If that's not the case, I think you have to entertain moving back."
Sun, 25 Feb 2007 07:56:22 -0800
John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans could stand pat with the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft or move back, according to general manager Rick Smith. "I'm excited about the eighth pick. You know you're going to get a good player," Smith said. "We're not set on (keeping) the pick. We'll entertain offers to move back. Our goal is to improve our team any way we can."
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:08:54 -0800
Jerome Solomon, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans QB David Carr remains the team's starting quarterback for now, but the possibility remains Carr could be traded. "That's the truth," general manager Rick Smith said. "I'm saying that that is a possibility." "Stars have to line up correctly and the value has to be there, but we're going to improve our football team anyway that we can do so. If that includes some type of trade, then we'll entertain that. That does not mean that we're going to do that absolutely, but we'll entertain it. If I'm saying right now and you draw an inference (that Carr might be traded) from that, then you are correct."
Thu, 08 Jun 2006 14:20:28 -0700
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith feels that QB David Carr has all of the athletic ability and intangibles to be a solid NFL quarterback. Smith added that he thinks Carr will be able to see his potential under the tutelage of head coach Gary Kubiak. He also feels the sacks Carr has taken are a combination of issues, but thinks the team has made improvements on the offensive line and other areas to reduce the number of sacks.
Tue, 06 Jun 2006 18:32:24 -0700
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports agent Bob LaMonte has had a big offseason. In the past week, LaMonte has finalized the contracts for Rick Smith to become the general manager of the Houston Texans and Rick Spielman to become the vice president of player personnel for the Minnesota Vikings. Among his other negotiations was the new contract for Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren. He also landed other clients deals with NFL teams.
Mon, 05 Jun 2006 20:01:41 -0700
HoustonTexans.com reports Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith addressed the media in his introduction as the new general manager for the Texans Monday, June 5. Smith talked about what kind of players the Texans would look for, "I think that number one, scouts, we tend to value height, weight and speed. But then, the most important thing I think that you look for is what I call football character." Smith talked about head coach Gary Kubiak's ability to endear to his players while gaining their respect at the same time. Smith said it was ironic that Kubiak was hired first, and now he is getting his opportunity with him, because he would have always hired Kubiak if he had ever gotten this opportunity, "This guy is going to be a tremendous, tremendous football coach."
Mon, 05 Jun 2006 14:36:48 -0700
HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have officially announced Rick Smith as the team's new general manger. He becomes the second general manager in team history as he takes over for Charley Casserly. "We looked long and hard, and we have found the right man for the job," said Texans owner Bob McNair. "Rick was a candidate that head coach (Gary) Kubiak was familiar with during his time in Denver. Rick has a wonderful knowledge of the NFL and he has a plan in place to make the Texans a winner."