Houston Texans extend Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith’s contracts
Bob McNair still kept course with the Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith as he could see the "rookies," who had never been at such high-pressure jobs, had matured and were gradually transforming the losing Houston Texans.
"It takes a little time to learn your job and work with others and determine how things mesh, and I think we have gotten better as we've gone along," said Bob McNair.
His faith in the two paid of last year as the Houston Texans rallied10-6 to win the AFC title and even made a historic first appearance in the playoffs. Hence, it was about time that Bob McNair rewarded Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith for the improvement and their dedication with a contract extension officially announced on Thursday
Rick Smith has been granted a contract extension of four years, and although Gary Kubiak was also offered a four-contract, the coach chose a three-year extension with a renegotiation on his last year of his existing contract.
"Stability is very important and these people work well together and they are committed to bringing a championship to Houston," declared Bob McNair "That's our goal and what we work for every day. “
Rick Smith also emphasized on the need for stability the Houston Texans to become “consistent winners.”
"We've set the foundation for success and we had a little bit of that last year and I think we're in position to continue that," said Rick Smith.
Rick Smith’s key draft picks in the past several years have been gradually molded into starters for the Houston Texans. Defensive end J.J. Watt, cornerback Kareem Jackson, and linebackers Brian Cushing, Connor Barwin as well as Brooks Reed have reinforced the Houston Texans defenses.
The Houston Texans’ success with the AFC South title in itself is no insignificant feat as Gary Kubiak was leading a team last year which was battling injuries upon injuries throughout the post season. Key Houston Texans players like wide receiver Andre Johnson and outside linebacker Mario Williams were sidelined during most post season. The injuries of No.1 quarterback Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinhart were added difficulties to the Houston Texans’ surprising success.
"I think the coaching performance last year of Gary was outstanding with the injuries we had and I don't know how he could have done a better job," stated Bob McNair.
For time, Gary Kubiak is encouraged by the Houston Texans’ faith in him and intends to build around the Houston Texans’ last season victory.
“It’s an honor," said Gary Kubiak. “It’s been a dream situation for me to come back home and build a winner in Houston.”