Lovie Smith interviews with Texans
Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was the first candidate to be interviewed to replace Gary Kubiak as the Texans' head coach, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.
Smith interviewed earlier this week, according to McClain.
Smith, 55, was fired after the Bears finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs in 2012. During his nine years with the Bears, Smith was 81-63, including 3-3 in the playoffs. His teams won three NFC North titles and lost Super Bowl XLI to Indianapolis.
Smith, a native Texan, hasn't coached this year, but he plans to return next season.
Texans owner Bob McNair said immediately after firing Kubiak on Dec. 6 that Smith would be a candidate.
The Texans (2-12) have had a disappointing season after winning a combined 22 regular-season games combined over the previous two years. The Texans have lost their last 12 games.
Other candidates for the Texans' job include their current interim head coach, Wade Phillips, as well as Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.