John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says Smith interviewed for the position earlier this week. The Texans are searching for a new coach after firing Gary Kubiak two weeks ago.
Smith coached the Bears for nine seasons and led them to a Super Bowl, where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts. The 55-year-old was 81-63 as Chicago’s head coach, including a 3-3 record in the playoffs. He has not been coaching this year since being fired after last season.
McClain reports that interim head coach Wade Phillips, Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt are also candidates for the job.
Houston is currently 2-12 and has lost 12 in a row. They fired Kubiak after losing their 11th straight game.