Houston (CBS Houston) – With Bill O’Brien now officially the head coach of the Houston Texans, there are many off-season decisions to be made. Who will the team draft with the number one overall pick? What players will be retained? Who will be cut? Which coaches will be retained?
On Friday Texans owner Bob McNair offered an inside look at how the Texans power structure works.
“(Rick Smith) has the final say (on the draft) just as the coach has the final say on the roster but it’s in collaboration,” McNair said. “If there’s a dispute, they come to me.”
The most pressing decision will come in May when the Texans will have the number one overall pick for the third time in franchise history.
“If you give (O’Brien) something he doesn’t want, he’s not going to play him. They’re going to sit on the bench,” McNair said. “We don’t have a winning organization doing that.”
The division of power between coach and general manager sounds similar to the way things were done under Gary Kubiak. Both he and Rick Smith would work together and if they disagreed, then McNair would get involved.
“(O’Brien) will be heavily involved as will all of our coaches. We’ve always done that,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said. “That’s traditionally the way we approach the draft.”
Regardless of who makes the pick, the Texans understand the quarterback position has to be a priority.
“We’ve got to get that position resolved because we didn’t have effective play at the position last year.” Smith said. But he also made clear they aren’t tied to taking a quarterback with the first pick. “My general approach to the draft is to be open to all possibilities.”