A showdown is looming inside the Houston Texans organization when head coach Bill O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith meet Monday with team owner Bob McNair.
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 also will push to have input in the hiring of a Smith replacement so he can have more say in personnel decisions, the source said.
From a contractual standpoint, O'Brien has limited leverage since one year remains on his Texans deal. Smith also had his contract extended last year through the 2020 season.
However, McNair may feel inclined to choose between O'Brien and Smith if the team owner believes the longstanding issues between the two cannot be resolved.
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