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Carl Smith
File:Carl Smith at the Seahawks Super Bowl parade in 2014.jpg
Smith at Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII parade in 2014
Houston Texans
Position:Quarterbacks coach
Personal information
Born: (1948-04-26) April 26, 1948 (age 74)
Wasco, California
Career information
High school:Wasco (CA) Union
College:Cal Poly
Career history
As coach:
* Cal Poly (1971)
Graduate assistant
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)

Carl Hamilton Smith (born April 26, 1948) is an American football coach who is the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He recently coached with the Seattle Seahawks. He had previously served as quarterbacks coach of the Cleveland Browns and offensive coordinator for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints.

Smith attended Wasco Union High School in Wasco, California.

College career

Smith started his college playing career at Bakersfield College, a junior college in Bakersfield, California, where he played quarterback from 1966 to 1967. He transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he played two seasons at defensive back from 1969 to 1970. Smith earned his bachelor's (1971) and master's (1972) degrees in physical education from Cal Poly, as well as a teaching credential.

Coaching career

From 1997 to 1999, Smith was an assistant coach for the New England Patriots, at the time led by head coach Pete Carroll.

Smith was fired from the Jaguars on January 2, 2007. After taking two years off from football, he was hired on January 6, 2009, to be the quarterbacks coach at USC; he had held the position for the 2004 season, when the Trojans won a national championship and quarterback Matt Leinart won the Heisman Trophy.[1] However, after only two weeks on the job, he left USC to join the Cleveland Browns.

Smith was hired to be quarterbacks coach of the Seahawks, effective February 24, 2011.[2]

On February 5, 2019, Smith was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Houston Texans.[3].


  1. Gary Klein, Carl Smith returns as an assistant at USC, Los Angeles Times, January 7, 2009, Accessed January 7, 2009.
  2. Gary Klein, Trojans hire Broncos' Jeremy Bates for key post, Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2009, Accessed January 21, 2009.
  3. Wilson, Aaron; Chronicle, Houston (February 5, 2019). "Texans name Tim Kelly OC, hire Carl Smith as QBs coach".

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