December 12, 2005

Woeful Houston Texans hire Reeves to consult

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Houston Texans, with the NFL's
worst record this season, hired four-time Super Bowl coach Dan
Reeves as a consultant on Monday and left open the chance he
could remain with the organization in an expanded capacity.

Reeves, 61, led the Denver Broncos to three Super Bowls and
the Atlanta Falcons to one. He has been out of the football

since Atlanta fired him after the 2003 season.

Both Reeves and Texans owner Bob McNair insisted Reeves was
not brought aboard to eventually replace Coach Dom Capers or
General Manager Charley Casserly.

"He is not here to interview for a coaching job," McNair
said. "He is not here to evaluate the coach, he is not here to
evaluate the general manager."

However, McNair did not directly answer when asked whether
Reeves could take one or both jobs, saying only the current
role was "special consultant to the owner."

"It could develop into a longer-term relationship," McNair

Reeves did not rule out returning to the National Football
League on a full-time basis.

"Never is a bad word," he said. "Am I actively looking?

McNair said he envisioned Reeves' consulting duties to span
about two months, split between evaluating talent in Houston
and by film at his home in Atlanta.

The team will invite suggestions on how to improve the
league's worst franchise, which is 1-12 with three games left.

Both Casserly and Capers said they were not worried about
Reeves' presence.

"I've known Dan for a long time and I've got a lot of
respect for Dan," Capers said.

Reeves was a running back for the Dallas Cowboys from 1965
to 1972 and assisted coach Tom Landry from 1972 until taking
over the Broncos in 1981. He led the New York Giants from 1993
to 1996 before spending four years with the Falcons.

The Texans, who debuted in 2002 and had steadily improved
to a 7-9 record last year, are the current front-runners to
have the first pick in the 2006 draft.

That pick likely would be Heisman Trophy-winning tailback
Reggie Bush, the Southern California junior expected go
professional after he plays in the Rose Bowl next month.