Black Monday claimed its first head coach a day early on Sunday when the Houston Texans fired head coach Lovie Smith before he even landed in Houston from Indianapolis.

Lovie Smith was on the former head coach David Culley's staff and was promoted to head coach last January when after one season the Texans fired Culley.

Lovie Smith and the Texans had a 3-13-1 season this year but had some very good games the past couple of weeks almost beating the Cowboys and Chiefs in weeks 14 and 15, beating the division leader Tennessee Titans last week, and yesterday's win over the Indianapolis Colts.

But none of that mattered to the ownership of the Texans, possibly because they wanted the #1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft but with yesterday's win now get the #2 pick.

"We are grateful for [Smith's] leadership and character, and we wish him the best moving forward," chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. "While we understand the results have not been what we had hoped for, we are committed to building a program that produces long-term, sustainable success. Our fans and city deserve a team that they can be proud of."

Well Cal, after letting Bill O'Brien destroy the team in the last couple of seasons before he left by giving away a lot of draft picks, that is going to make it hard to build a championship team for a few more years, but you do you buddy.

The #1 pick for this year's NFL Draft goes to the Chicago Bears, the team Smith was a coach for from 2004-2012 who have not picked first in the draft since 1947.

They almost picked first in 1970 but lost the coin flip to the Pittsburgh Steelers who picked Terry Bradshaw with the first overall pick.

Just think what NFL history would be if Chicago had won that coin flip for the first pick in 1970.




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