The Houston Texans have made Lovie Smith their first interview to fill the head-coaching vacancy left by the firing of Gary Kubiak last month, longtime NFL writer John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday.
McClain reported that Smith interviewed earlier this week and is one of a cluster of Texans candidates that includes interim coach Wade Phillips, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Smith, 55 and a native Texan, 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.