Will Texans accept coach Wade Philips?
And now the Texans are minus a head coach. Gary Kubiak is out of the team for an undisclosed time because the 52 year old fainted halfway across the match against Indianapolis Colts. Now that he is hospitalized and will not be coming back soon, all fingers are on Wade Philips to step in and fill his shoes in his absence just as he did when he left the stadium against the Colts. With so many things happening to the Texans, the question is what will become of them with their head coach gone and how will his absence affect them.
Kubiak was later diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack. It is a complication in which the blood stops flowing to the brain which results in symptoms strikingly similar to a stroke, which was the reason for speculation that he had a stroke. This can happen due to a clot blocking blood passage or other reasons.
The medical diagnosis is that Kubiak will recover but the real question is how fast he will be able to do that. The team needs its regular head coach as soon as possible after all. When he was asked to give a date for his return, he declined to answer, saying he had already been through so much stress and his priority was to get better.
Philips conducted the team practice on Monday in Kubiak’s absence. With him handling much of the job in his absence, it might be that he may handle it entirely in the coming days.
Philips is a blessing for the Texans and they are lucky to have them in times like these. He has been a head coach for five teams for eight seasons which are equal to 147 games. The effect of Kubiak’s unexpected absence will be most visible on the offense and the task of calling the plays is now in the hands of offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.