After suffering the 11th consecutive loss this season, and the second in 12 days to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans Owner, Bob McNair decided he had seen enough.
The team announced that Head Coach of nearly nine years, Gary Kubiak, has been relieved of his duties. Kubiak finished with a 61-64 record as the Texans head coach.
Many thought Gary Kubiak was out the door after this season, but for him to be fired with three games left, was an unusual move for the Texans franchise. As they usually wait until the season end to evaluate coaches and players.
“We felt that change was needed in the Head Coach position, so Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach.” is what McNair said when he meet with the Houston media this afternoon.
The Houston Texans still have three games left this season, so Texans General Manager and Bob McNair decided to name Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips the Head Coach on an Interim bases. Bob McNair did acknowledge the fact that Wade Phillips is a candidate for the permanent head coaching vacancy. However, that us very unlikely considering the fact that the Texans may need to target a more offensive minded coach to help develop the QB, that many think the Texans will soon draft on May 8, 2014 in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Gary Kubiak was not the only one fired today as a result of the teams’ poor play. Special Teams Coordinator, Joe Marciano, who has been with the team since existence, was also relieved of his duties as well. Texans’ named Bob Ligashesky the Interim Special Teams Coordinator.
So with all the coaching changes being made with this franchise today, they’ll look to end what has been a very disappointing season on a positive note, and come back stronger next season.