Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season, while she has undergone treatment in Arizona.
Obviously, this is about much more than football. He also thanked team owner Bob McNair and his family for their support as he spends more time with his family. "I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority".
Watson was putting up some kind of video game numbers in a system O'Brien designed for him prior to his ACL injury, and with the loss of Watson came the loss of the Texans' season.
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.
The Giants have made it clear they would like to hire a new coach with head coaching or significant coordinator experience, and O'Brien has both.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Texans are expected to retain head coach Bill O'Brien next season.
"I don't have any comment on that", O'Brien said on Sunday. "I'll meet with him, I'm sure, at some point, and we'll decide what direction he wants to go".
The one that may not return in Houston is general manager Rick Smith, who signed Brock Osweiler without even a face-to-face meeting. O'Brien is now 31-33 in his four seasons in Houston.