Smith has been the general manager for the franchise since 2006 and was elevated to an additional role as executive vice president in 2012.
"While the four-year partnership between O'Brien and Smith has produced two AFC South division titles", wrote Wilson, "the relationship between the two is characterized as problematic and could lead to an either-or-situation going forward, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly". Although his return is likely, sources said there still are issues to be discussed and hashed out with his contract.
O'Brien has one year remaining on a five-year deal he signed to become the Texans head coach back in 2014.More news: Bears Expected to Fire John Fox
After Sunday's loss to the Colts, O'Brien called his first losing season as an National Football League coach "absolutely brutal". The news comes just after the Texans completed a 4-12 season.
Meanwhile, speaking after Sunday's 22-13 season finale loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Bill O'Brien said his future as head coach of the Texans is up to owner Bob McNair. He also would come with Bill Belichick's approval from his days on the Patriots staff. O'Brien is 31-32 in four seasons.
Watson already has voiced his support for O'Brien.More news: Instagram to show 'Recommended for You' posts in Feed
"That's out of my control, but I would love to have Coach O'Brien with me", said Watson earlier in the month. So we kind of connected [and have] been ever since.
Well, despite everything that happened in the Texans' insane 2016 season, they made the playoffs and won a playoff game with Osweiler, so O'Brien was retained.More news: Penn State vs. Washington: Spread, Total & Prediction for Fiesta Bowl