XLog.com writer and NFL scout Jayson Braddock has labeled Houston Texans GM Rick Smith as the “New Matt Millen.” Millen, a four-time Super Bowl winner, is most notably known for his seven-season general manager stint with the Detroit Lions. In Detroit, Millens’ Lions went 31-81 and encountered some of the worst management moves the NFL has ever seen under one general manager. His draft failures include Joey Harrington, Kevin Jones, Drew Stanton and receivers Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Mike Williams in back-to-back-to-back first round picks from 2003 to 2005.
Braddock had the following to say of Smith in comparison of Millen:
“Houston has finished 6-10, 8-8, 8-8, 9-7, and 6-10 under the direction of Smith. If one were realistic about things, there isn’t much reason to feel that Smith will turn it around this season either. He has failed in his the majority of his draft assessments and hasn’t made many moves in the free agency department. To compound the problem, Smith routinely overpays to resign his own players instead of spending that money to bring in better players at those positions. Last season, Smith decided to not resign the only solid cornerback that the Texans had in Dunta Robinson, and instead gave a new contract to the mediocre Kevin Walters.”