Gary Kubiak has been fired by the Texans

Gary Kubiak has been fired, following the Texans' 11th straight loss

12/6/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak looks down against the New England Patriots before the game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY SportsAfter losing 11 straight, including two to the abysmally bad Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans have fired head coach Gary Kubiak.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been named the interim head coach, and the team says he's among the candidates for the permanent position when they decide to name a new coach.

In 7+ seasons with the Texans, Kubiak has a 61-64 record overall, and has led the Texans to their 5 best seasons. In 2011 and 2012, they went a combined 22-10.

Coming into this year, the Texans were one of the favorites to make it over the hump and go to the Super Bowl in New York.

Unfortunately, the Texans have faltered badly after their 2-0 start and lost 11 straight games, 8 of them (including the last 7) by 7 points or less.

Kubiak will likely be picked up at some point as an offensive coordinator or offensive line coach, and it might not be that long before he's looked at for another head coaching position. The Texans went through some bizarre injuries and incompetence issues, particularly with Matt Schaub throwing pick sixes in 4 straight games.

For now, the Texans are in Wade Phillips' hands. Hopefully for their sake, they look elsewhere at the end of the season when searching for a full-time head coach.
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12/13/13   |   kobe_lova   |   62433 respect

3 years too late!

12/6/13   |   HouTxFan   |   5306 respect

Scott wrote:
I got the sense that Kubiak was a dead man walking last night when he went back to Matt Schaub as quarterback.  He was coaching for the now when given their record, the Texans should have been coaching for next season and beyond
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I think you're right, in that the move may have prompted the team to act now rather than at the end of the season.  However, I think Kubiak was a dead man walking no matter when  (now or end of season), unless he somehow demonstrated that he could pull off a miraculous QB-whisperer thing with Keenum in the few remaining games.  Once he went back to Schaub again last night, it was obvious that even he didn't think he could pull off Operation Keenum, so the team felt there was no reason to wait.

12/6/13   |   Scott   |   54664 respect

I got the sense that Kubiak was a dead man walking last night when he went back to Matt Schaub as quarterback.  He was coaching for the now when given their record, the Texans should have been coaching for next season and beyond