Texans coach, GM showdown looming: Fire me or fire him

The Houston Texans and general manager Rick Smith seemed to put all of their eggs in the Brock Osweiler basket two offseasons ago, which put the future of O'Brien in limbo because he's been expected to make the playoffs and win games there.

A source told Sporting News that O'Brien is planning to pitch a he-goes-or-I-go scenario to McNair because of the ongoing friction in his working relationship with Smith.

O'Brien has one year remaining on the five-year deal he signed upon leaving Penn State to become a first-time National Football League head coach. This isn't exactly new; previous year there were grumblings that O'Brien could leave because of his relationship with Smith, but the two made it work this season. Smith, for what it's worth, is close with the McNair family and has been a member of the organization for significantly longer than O'Brien has been.

They will apparently retain him again for 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who writes that while O'Brien is likely to be back, there are "issues" to be worked out with his contract. Should McNair decide to punt and put off the decision until O'Brien's contract expires next year, sources say the Texans could be maintaining a hard work environment.

Houston lost arguably its best player in J.J. Watt, as well rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who proved to be quite the playmaker before getting injured.

Houston, though, has never reached an AFC championship game.

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