Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans are expected to quickly finalize a deal to hire Lovie Smith as their new defensive coordinator.
The Texans have agreed to hire David Culley as their next head coach and are working to fill out his coaching staff.
Smith, 62, began his coaching career back in 1980. He worked for a number of colleges before the Buccaneers hired him as their linebackers coach in 1996.
Smith was eventually hired as the Rams’ defensive coordinator before taking the Bears’ coaching job in 2004. He spent nine years in Chicago before the Buccaneers hired him in 2014.
After just two seasons with the Bucs, Smith was fired and eventually hired as the head coach at Illinois.
During his NFL coaching career, Smith led the Bears and Buccaneers to a record of 89-87 (50.6 percent), which includes three playoff appearances and a trip to the Super Bowl in 2006.
At Illinois, Smith’s teams produced a record of 17-39.