Aug 19, 2014; Englewood, CO, USA; Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith (right) talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during scrimmage at the Broncos Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
First and foremost, the Texans have foundation issues that start at the office of general manager Rick Smith. Without going into a long-winded rant about his performance in personnel acquisition and retention (or lack there of), let me just drop this statistic: of the 25 players selected from 2009-2011, only 6 remain with the team (24% retention rate)
That’s where the Texans most urgently need to make the change. If Bob McNair is so keen on keeping Rick Smith inside the organization, why all him to retain his Executive Vice President office position and get a new general manager?
The acquisition of a new general manager is a key move that will set the foundation for the entire organization. An aggressive move here can literally have a significant impact on the field.
Next: Time to open the checkbook