Texans GM Rick Smith taking leave of absence

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Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona.

Smith reportedly has a close relationship with Texans owner Bob McNair and his son, team vice chairman and chief operating officer Cal McNair.

However, with the team's present and future quarterback Deshaun Watson has said he wants to play his entire career with O'Brien as his head coach, which could make McNair's decision much tougher.

But middle ground between the coach and GM seem so far apart reports the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, that one or the other likely will be gone before next season.

Smith and his wife, Tiffany, have three children.

O'Brien has one year remaining on a five-year deal he signed to become the Texans head coach back in 2014.

"I don't have any comment on that", O'Brien said Sunday. The most notable incident was Smith signing QB Brock Osweiler without consulting O'Brien prior to the 2016 season. I'm the head coach.

After Sunday's loss to the Colts, O'Brien called his first losing season as an National Football League coach "absolutely brutal".

But on Sunday, moments after the Texans' loss to the Indianapolis Colts, came news that served as a reminder, like Harvey did, that some things are bigger than football.

O'Brien has went 9-7 each of his first 3 years until this season and is in his final year of his contract.

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