Texans hire Broncos’ Smith as new GM | SummitDaily.com

Texans hire Broncos’ Smith as new GM

HOUSTON ” The Houston Texans hired Rick Smith as general manager on Monday, reuniting the former Denver assistant GM with new coach Gary Kubiak.

Smith becomes the second general manager in Texans history, following Charley Casserly, who resigned following the draft. Casserly is considered the front-runner to become the NFL’s vice president for football operations, succeeding Art Shell, who left to become coach of the Oakland Raiders for the second time.

Smith, who at 36 will be the NFL’s youngest GM, spent 10 years with Kubiak while the coach was offensive coordinator of the Broncos. He also becomes the second black general manager, joining Ozzie Newsome of Baltimore.

He is unlikely to have the overriding power with the Texans that Casserly has had. Smith joined the Broncos in 1996, but had only been in his current position since March. Before that he spent six seasons as head of Denver’s pro personnel operations.

He moved to the front office after serving as a defensive assistant for four seasons.

The Texans also interviewed Green Bay director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie and Rick Mueller, the New Orleans Saints director of player personnel.

Smith began his coaching career at Purdue in 1992 after playing strong safety for the Boilermakers. He spent two seasons as a strength and conditioning coach before taking over as defensive backs coach. He worked as an assistant at TCU for a month before taking a job with the Broncos.

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