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Texans GM Rick Smith: Last season was a 'setback'

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Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said he believes last season was a setback on the team's path to becoming successful year-after-year, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"We're trying to get our organization to a place where we are successful every year," says Smith, who became the youngest GM in the NFL at 36 when he joined the Texans on June 5, 2006. "We were moving along that path, and we had the setback."

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After winning 10 games in 2011 and 12 in 2012, the Texans finished with an NFL-low two wins in 2013. Gary Kubiak was fired in December, and former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was hired to replace him.

Since Smith was hired as the Texans' general manager in 2006, the team has made the postseason twice. 

The Texans open the regular season Sept. 7 against the Redskins.

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