Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has become the first person to be interviewed for the vacant head coaching position with the Houston Texans, according to reports from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
The Texans, who currently sit rock bottom of the AFC standings with a putrid 2-12 record, fired previous coach Gary Kubiak following the 27-20 defeat to the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month.
Smith, whose stint with the Bears begun in 2004 and also featured a Superbowl appearance in 2006, has been out of work since he himself was fired at the end of last season after his 10-6 Chicago team missed out on the playoffs.
Those aforementioned reports claim that Smith, who has held various other positions in the NFL and at college level during his coaching career, was interviewed for the position on Monday.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been in charge of the Texans since Kubiak's dismissal. The team did not fare much better in their previous outing, failing to register a touchdown in a 25-3 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts.
The schedule does not get much easier for Phillips either, with the irrepressible Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos next up at Reliant Stadium on Sunday.