Lovie Smith was 81-63 in nine seasons with the Bears.
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Houston Texans apparently aren't waiting for the season to end before starting their search for a new full-time head coach.
According to the Houston Chronicle, former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith met with Texans brass earlier this week.
The Texans fired Gary Kubiak on Dec. 6 and named Wade Phillips interim coach for the remainder of what has been a disastrous season. Expected to contend for a Super Bowl title this summer, the Texans opened 2-0 and haven't won since.
Leadership lacking in Dallas
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Fans tend to embrace passionate coaches and it's not all that hard to understand why.
They care so much about their favorite teams that it's comforting to see the guy in charge wear his emotions on his sleeve.
That's not to say you have to be a Mike Ditka-type to succeed. Plenty of reserved mentors over the years have reached the pinnacle of the profession and no city should understand that better than Dallas.