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Texans Fire HC Gary Kubiak

Update:

 

  • Ian Rapoport reports that the losing became too much for owner Bob McNair.
  • McNair said that “extreme circumstances” led to the team firing Kubiak before the end of the season. (Mike Garafolo)
  • McNair added that Texans had “the best roster” they’ve ever had. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over as the interim head coach.
  • McNair: “One of advantages of taking action now is we can start process to find new head coach. The process is under way.” (John McClain)
  • All indications are that GM Rick Smith will keep his job beyond this season and have the opportunity to hire a new head coach.

Some earlier speculative options being floated for the Texans head coaching position include: Browns HC Ray Horton, former Bears HC Lovie Smith and Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin (unlikely after he just signed a new deal with A&M).

Kubiak, 52, had won 22 games in the past two seasons, but his record as the Texans head coach (61-64) is less than spectacular.

The Texans lost their eleventh straight game Thursday night at the hands of the Jaguars who capped off a season sweep of Houston.

The Texans could be an attractive job this offseason as they do have some decent core players in place and are very likely to be drafting No. 1 overall overall next year.

We’ll have more regarding the Texans coaching position as the news is available.

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Peter King of MMQB.com mentions that he expects the Houston Texans to part ways with HC Gary Kubiak following their eleventh straight loss Thursday night.

Kubiak is no stranger to the hot seat. Before the Texans had earned playoff appearances in back-to-back season, rumors were circulating that the team may fire Kubiak and move in a different direction, but GM Rick Smith ultimately decided to stick with organizational continuity.

 

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