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Texans bank on Shanahan's modelHTML Code:http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_3899717
By Mike Klis
Denver Post Staff Writer
The management methods of the Mastermind are spreading to the AFC South.
The Houston Texans are banking on Mike Shanahan disciples to resurrect their otherwise dormant franchise.
Shanahan, who is about to begin his 12th season as the Broncos' head coach, first sent his longtime offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak to lead the Texans' coaching staff. Then, as Denver Post columnist Thomas George first reported in Sunday's editions, the Texans hired Broncos front office executive Rick Smith as their new general manager.
A news conference to formally announce Smith's hiring will be held in Houston today.
"The best coaches historically have produced top people and gone on elsewhere," said former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh, whose family tree of assistants-turned NFL head coaches includes Shanahan, Mike Holmgren and Dennis Green. "Mike is one of the great coaches of our time and he's bound to have a lot of people move on over the years and at some point he's going to be competing against them."
That point will first occur Aug. 27, when the Broncos play the Texans in a preseason game at Invesco Field at Mile High.
The Kubiak-Smith regime in Houston is expected to emulate the Shanahan-Ted Sundquist relationship in Denver.
For the Broncos, Sundquist is the general manager who oversees payroll budgets and talent evaluations before presenting options to Shanahan.
The Texans, whose 2-14 season led to the departures of GM Charlie Casserly and coach Dom Capers, will use a similar model in which Smith is responsible for finding talent but Kubiak has ultimate authority.
Smith joins Baltimore's Ozzie Newsome, Arizona's Rod Graves and Jacksonville's James Harris as the NFL's only African-Americans to hold the top front-office positions.
"We lost two of our best people and you're always sorry to see them go," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said. "But at the same time you're proud to see them go on to the next level. The NFL is like a fraternity. When coaches or executives are ready to take that next step, you want to help them. Who knows? They might come back and help you."
As was the case with Shanahan, who was the Broncos' offensive coordinator before Bowlen allowed him to become head coach of the Raiders.