The football world stood still on Sunday night as Gary Kubiak laid on the turf after collapsing during halftime. It was an extremely scary moment and the SNF game became secondary when the head coach’s health was called into question. The Houston Texans, as you could imagine, struggled in the second half. It was hard enough for some of us to process what had happened to Kubiak, so you know the players’ minds had to be elsewhere at times.
But so far, all the news regarding Kubiak’s status has been positive. He’s said to be in good spirits and feeling much better. The head coach is still be evaluated, but early speculation is that he may have suffered a stroke.
So for now, the only priority for Kubiak should be his health. Football has to take a back seat. As much as I’m sure he wants to get back out there to try and lead the Texans back into playoff contention, the time is not right. Even if doctors send him home from the hospital in the near future, Kubiak should take some time off.
Texans’ general manger Rick Smith summed it all up with his statement:
“Our primary concern is of course with Gary’s health and well-being. There have been so many people throughout the city and across the country that have reached out to express their love and support, and we are thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Gary is alert, coherent and in good spirits. He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored.”
When real life comes knocking at the door, football becomes secondary. Kubiak’s health is now number one. The Texans can get by without him in the meantime because they have Wade Phillips to guide the ship.
Here’s to hoping that Kubiak gets a good report on his health and that we see him back on the sidelines before season’s end.