Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has made his return to the team and will coach in their upcoming game against the Oakland Raiders. After originally suffering a mini-stroke and collapsing on the sidelines during a primetime showdown with the Indianapolis Colts, Kubiak has been thankful to be back and with his team.
“It just feels great to be back,” he said according the USA TODAY. “You have a true appreciation for the opportunity that you have and the opportunity to be around the players … and the chance to do my job again.”
As many would have suspected, doctors have limited his work this week and Kubiak said he’s been trying to adjust to it.
“I’m on kind of a different schedule — kind of hard to adjust to, but I’m adjusting to it,” he said. “I’m listening to them.”
With all of the talk lately about the stress on head coaches in professional sports, Kubiak was at the center of it all along with Denver Broncos head coach John Fox. Kubiak acknowledged that he is the type of guy who works so incredibly hard, and that taking a breather every now and again would do him some good.
“I’ve obviously got a lot of people telling me what I need to do,” he said. “Some great people over at Methodist (hospital) that I’ve been dealing with for the last week and a half, plus my wife is pretty rough to deal with right now.”
With life slowly getting back to normal, Kubiak returns to a team that is all but in ruins. With the whole Matt Schaub fiasco and injuries putting Arian Foster and Brian Cushing out for the year, the Texans are in the middle of a nightmare season. Even back up running back Ben Tate has suffered four broken ribs and looks to be having a tougher time being the same type of player.
Most recently, the Texans released veteran safety Ed Reed due to his comments regarding his team being “outplayed and out-coached” this past week. With all that has gone on with Houston, Kubiak’s return has to bring a smile to some fans out there as this season has been a tough one. One thing we do know is that we can all be thankful for Kubiak’s health and that he can still be with those he loves and back at a job he thrives in.