If you happen to run into Lovie Smith at a local Kinkos, it’s likely he’s getting his resume printed up on some of that fancy resume paper. The Houston Texans were left with no choice but to jettison head coach Gary Kubiak after nearly eight seasons after eleven straight losses including two of the last three to the Jacksonville Jaguars. I think there was actually a clause in his contract that stated two losses to Jacksonville were terms for immediate dismissal. Now that Kubiak is out of the way, it clears a path for Lovie Smith to make his way closer to his Big Sandy, Texas roots.
Even though they currently run a 3-4 defense, the former Bears head coach would make a great fit for the Texans. They have the foundation that Lovie can build on. JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus would make a couple of nice bookends. Heck, Watt is stout and athletic enough to make a ridiculous 3-technique tackle. JJ Watt, meet Tommie Harris circa early 2006.
If Brian Cushing could ever stay healthy, he could fill the Brian Urlacher role roaming the middle of the field. Lovie could just cut out the middleman and bring Urlacher back directly. Danieal Manning is already there for Lovie to move around from position to position in the secondary. Then take the #1 pick and use it on Jadaveon Clowney and Lovie’s defense is ready to roll.
On the other side of the ball, the Texans already have the Lovie Smith offensive formula locked in. They have a stud running back. In fact, they could have two depending on what happens with Ben Tate this offseason. Arian Foster/Ben Tate, meet Thomas Jones/Cedric Benson. Andre Johnson, meet Muhsin… Meet Earl B… Meet Bernard… Nah, never mind. OK, so the Texans will have to cut Johnson because Lovie’s not comfortable using a big, talented wide receiver. They could either keep Matt Schaub and Case Keenum or sign Rex Grossman so Lovie can keep his “Rex is our quarterback” catchphrase alive. Pick up Devin Hester, who could be leaving the Bears via Free Agency, as a kick returner and wide receiver and you’ve got a Lovie Smith team. Good running game, average-to-below-average quarterback and a killer defense and special teams.
Makes perfect sense to me.