For a couple of years now, it seems like the Houston Texans have been sitting on the fence in making the decision of whether or not to fire head coach Bill O'Brien.
Earlier this month, O'Brien said that he "will never quit as head football coach of the Houston Texans".
Smith issued a statement through the team saying that he wants to focus on his wife, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.
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In the statement, Smith said that it was hard decision and that he is grateful for the support of Texans owner Bob McNair and his family, via Amy Palcic from the team's PR staff. This was an extremely hard decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field.
O'Brien's contract says he's in charge of who plays and doesn't play.
This disappointing campaign, which featured injuries to star defensive end J.J. Watt and promising rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson among others, comes on the heels of back-to-back AFC South titles for Houston.
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Houston (4-12) lost its final six games of the season and nine of its last 10, prompting speculation there may be a shake-up in the front office, on the coaching staff or both.
Brian Gaine, who's in his first season as the Buffalo Bills' vice president of player personnel after spending three seasons in the Texans' personnel department as Smith's right-hand man.
It has been a season of struggle for the Texans in 2017.
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