Houston Texans Fire Gary Kubiak, Take First Step Towards Recovery

By Andrew Fisher
Gary Kubiak
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It seemed like it was only a matter of time before this news came across the wire – Gary Kubiak has been fired from his job as head coach of the Houston Texans. The firing comes just hours after the Texans lost their 11th straight game and obviously, the Houston front office had seen enough. Kubiak has now become the first coaching casualty of 2013, and who thought we’d be saying that back in August?

The Texans are arguably the biggest disappointment of 2013. This was a team projected to fight for the AFC Championship and a team that many thought was on the brink of taking the next step. As it turns out, the Texans’ window had already closed.

A big reason why the window is closed in Houston? Matt Schaub. The QB fell off in a big way this season. His pick-six streak at the beginning of the season set the tone for the rest of 2013. By the time the Texans made the switch to Case Keenum, it was too late.

On top of everything else, Kubiak’s health failed during the middle of a game, which really just sealed the Texans’ fate. With all the uncertainty at QB, Arian Foster‘s bad back and Kubiak’s health issues, it just wasn’t meant to be for Houston.

So where does the franchise go from here?

For now, they’ll turn back to Wade Phillips as the interim head coach. Will he be brought on as the permanent head coach in 2014? It’s doubtful, but you know he’ll be on the list of candidates.

If you’re a Texans’ fan trying to stay positive, just look at Kubiak’s firing as the first step in the recovery process. Also, it can’t be overlooked that the Texans are currently in the driver’s seat to land the No. 1 pick in next May’s draft. This team will no doubt be back after a few tweaks, because there’s still a lot of talent on both sides of the football.


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