Texans interview Lovie Smith

Updated: December 19, 2013, 4:54 PM ET
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The Houston Texans interviewed Lovie Smith on Monday for their coaching position, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.

Wade Phillips, the Texans' defensive coordinator since 2011, has been serving as interim coach since Gary Kubiak was fired Dec. 6. Phillips also is reportedly a candidate for the job on a permanent basis.

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Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsLovie Smith, fired as coach by the Bears after last season, interviewed with the Texans on Monday. Smith, 55, was 81-63 in nine seasons with Chicago.

A Texas native, Smith was fired by the Chicago Bears after last season, when the team went 10-6 and missed the playoffs. The 55-year-old Smith was 81-63 in nine seasons with Chicago, guiding the Bears to three NFC North titles and a spot in Super Bowl XLI.

Expected by some to contend for a Super Bowl berth this season, the Texans (2-12) have the league's worst record and are in the midst of a franchise-record 12-game losing streak.

Despite the team's mounting struggles this season, owner Bob McNair has said he expects a quick turnaround.

The Texans seemed to have a roster in place to contend in 2013 after sending an AFC-high nine players to the Pro Bowl last season. The team features a top-level running back in Arian Foster, two of the game's better defensive players in end J.J. Watt and oft-injured linebacker Brian Cushing, a solid left tackle in Duane Brown and a still-effective Andre Johnson at wide receiver.


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