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14 Things to Know About Head Coach Lovie Smith

Get to know Houston Texans Head Coach Lovie Smith:

  1. Lovie Lee Smith was named after his great aunt Lavana.
  2. Coach Lovie served as Texans Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator in 2021.
  3. He engineered a takeaway turnaround for Texans in 2021, as the team came up with 25 takeaways last season, tied for 10th-most in NFL. In 2020, the Texans logged an NFL-worst nine takeaways.
  4. Coach Lovie was born in Gladewater, Texas and grew up in Big Sandy, Texas.
  5. He played on one of the best high school teams of all-time at Big Sandy. In 1975, the Wildcats went 14-0 and won a state title. Shut out 11 opponents, and outscored their opponents a combined 824-15.
  6. He also played college ball at Tulsa, where he was a two-time All-American defensive back and linebacker.
  7. From 2004-2012, Lovie was head coach for the Chicago Bears, and went 81-63 (the third-most wins in the Bears history).
  8. Lovie was named AP NFL Coach of the Year with the Bears in 2005 when he led the best defense in the NFL (12.6 points per game).
  9. He guided the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2006 season.
  10. Lovie was also head coach at Illinois from 2016-2020.
  11. He was a college assistant coach from 1983 through 1995, working at Tulsa, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio State.
  12. Lovie started his NFL career as an assistant under Tony Dungy with Tampa Bay from 1996-2000.
  13. He served as defensive coordinator for the Rams from 2001 through 2003.
  14. Lovie was also head coach for the Buccaneers in 2014 and 2015.

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The Houston Texans have hired Lovie Smith as the team's fifth head coach in franchise history.

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