Lovie Smith Jan 1, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith looks up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans head coach Lovie Smith is fearful he could be the team’s second one-and-done. So the coach is attempting to do something about it.

Smith will reportedly meet with Texans owner Cal McNair according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

“Concerned that he’ll be the second consecutive one-and-done Texans coach, Lovie Smith has been meeting with owner Cal McNair to state his case for a second season, per sources,” Rapoport tweeted on Saturday afternoon.

The 2022 Texans are 2-13-1 entering the final week of the season. But much of that cannot be squared on Lovie Smith. It’s obvious that the roster for the team is nowhere near good. The team moved on from disgraced quarterback Deshaun Watson last offseason, and even with that said, they are nowhere near competitive. Firing Smith after one season would be awfully unfair to him, no matter what you may think of his coaching prowess.

The Texans hired Smith away from the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2021. He served as associate head coach and defensive coordinator for one season. Houston then fired David Culley and promoted Smith to head coach this past offseason.

Lovie has a record of 91-100-1 over 12 seasons as an NFL head coach. He hasn’t made the playoffs since he led the Chicago Bears to the 2010 NFC Championship Game. But, nevertheless, this would be a lousy way for Smith to go out, even as his team skidded into disaster.

[Ian Rapoport]

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