The Houston Texans announced their 2019 assistant coaching staff, and one of their new additions is someone who’s been with the Seattle Seahawks since 2011.
Carl Smith, who served as the Seahawks’ quarterbacks coach from 2011-2017, and was associate head coach in 2018, is now going to be Houston’s quarterbacks coach entering next season. The 70-year-old will be reunited with his son Tracy Smith, who is the Texans’ assistant special teams coordinator.
Carl’s connections with Pete Carroll trace all the way back to 1982, when Carroll was the NC State defensive coordinator and Smith was the offensive coordinator. They also worked together when Carroll was the New England Patriots head coach from 1997-1999, and Smith was assistant head coach, quarterbacks coach, and later tight ends coach. Smith joined Carroll at USC for one season as QBs coach in 2004. This particular stretch with the Seahawks is the longest that Smith and Carroll have been on the same staff, as Smith helped developed Russell Wilson into one of the league’s best quarterbacks. Now Smith gets to work with DeShaun Watson, who is also a really exciting player to watch.
With Smith’s departure, combined with the housecleaning of the strength and conditioning staff, these are the remaining assistant coaches from the inaugural Carroll era staff in 2010 who are still with the team in 2019:
Dave Canales (quarterbacks coach)
Pat McPherson (tight ends coach)
Pat Ruel (assistant offensive line coach)
Brian Schneider (special teams coach)