Texans dismiss Smith, two other defensive assistants

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Texans just announced that three defensive coaches have been dismissed: Coordinator Richard Smith, defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin.

Smith was under fire for most of the season, though, his unit played better late in the season when the Texans played less conservatively.

Coach Gary Kubiak once wanted Frank Bush, a senior defensive assistant for the Texans, to be his coordinator. But there will be a great pool to choose from as several former head coaches are available or believed to be on their way to being available.

Rod Marinelli, Eric Mangini, Mike Nolan, Romeo Crennel are already out of work and Gregg Williams worked under a one-year deal as coordinator in Jacksonville. Jim Haslett and Herm Edwards could also become part of the available coordinator pool.

Kubiak is scheduled to talk to the Houston press at 2:30 p.m. and we'll check back once we see what he says.