What's next for Rick Smith, Texans?

Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan left and quarterback T.J. Yates watch from the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday Dec. 17 2017 in Jacksonville Fla. The Jaguars won 45-7. (AP P

Smith will retain his title as Executive Vice President, but indicated on Monday that the Texans could name a new general manager while he is gone.

After the Texans' season-finale loss on Sunday, Smith announced he is taking a leave of absence to help take care of his wife as she battles breast cancer. Smith is now both the EVP and GM, but he is taking a full season away from the organization to care for his wife, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mike Meltser and Seth Payne analyze the best and worst things Bill O'Brien has done during his tenure as Texans head coach and if they have faith in him moving forward.

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Today on Mad Radio: The guys return to the airwaves to discuss the latest on Rick Smith and the Texans organizational structure, the odd interest in Mike Vrabel around the league, the college football playoff and more. The news comes just after the Texans completed a 4-12 season. "This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this both on and off the field".

The McNairs will begin an immediate search to replace Smith, who moved up in last year's draft to select quarterback Deshaun Watson. "If we hire a GM and have a guy to run the personnel, then we'll do that". Smith's contract says he's in charge of personnel, meaning who's signed and released.

O'Brien won two AFC South Championships but this year's team couldn't overcome season-ending injuries to marquee players like Watson, defensive end J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus. But later picks haven't panned out as well and his free-agent signings have been mixed.

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