Texans Fire Defensive Coordinator Richard Smith

The Houston Texans have fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith, defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin. Smith, who was under fire from fans and media this season, was the coordinator during Gary Kubiak’s first three seasons. Kubiak is expected to conduct a search for Smith’s replacement. Because the Texans have personnel to fit a 4-3 scheme as opposed to the 3-4 they played under Dom Capers, The new coordinator will be expected to play the same defense. Kubiak may want to hire an expericenced coordinator with a proven track record. Frank Bush, senior defensive assistant the last two seasons, could be one of the candidates. When Kubiak was hired, Bush was his first choice as coordinator, but Arizona would not let Bush out of his contract.