I’ve been adamant for a couple of months now that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak should be fired.
Houston had plenty of talent to make the playoffs, yet it ended up losing eight of its last 10 games. Brutal.
Obviously the defense was the number one reason why the Texans sucked so bad this year. The secondary (I’m looking at you Kareem Jackson) was a joke and the pass rush wasn’t much better.
You can’t put all the blame of the defense on Kubiak. However, you could easily point the finger at him for the poor starts the Texans continued to have week in and week out.
That lack of preparation and heart is why Kubiak needs to get axed on Monday.
It’s not going to happen, though, according to the Chronicle’s John McClain. Instead, the Texans are just going to make changes to the coaching staff, including the likely hire of Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator.
Now obviously this means Houston has no shot at some of the premier coaches out there this offseason like Bill Cowher and John Gruden. Both of those guys would have considered the Texans with the amount of talent they had.
Keeping Kubiak might not be the end of the world for Houston, though. I look at what my Chicago Bears this season for a perfect example.
Lovie Smith and Kubiak have similar low-key personalities. Their lack of emotion on the sidelines draws fans nuts, and their loyalty to players and coaches is foolish at times.
Now Lovie knew he was on the hot seat entering this season. So what did he do? He hired the best assistant coaches he could.
Counting Lovie, there are four coaches on Chicago’s staff that have head coaching experience — Mike Martz, Rod Marinelli and Mike Tice. Now look, all of those guys have serious flaws as coaches, but they’ve all been able to work to their strengths on the same coaching staff.
Houston appears to be going this route with the imminent hiring of Phillips. I’m still not sure how this is going to work, considering the Texans’ have a collection of players meant for a 4-3 defense rather than a 3-4. But the status quo wasn’t going to work on defense, so might as well try something.
Maybe with a decent defense, Kubiak will be able to focus a bit more on offense, the clear strength of the team. It’s not a popular move (or maybe even the smart move), but it could work out in the Texans’ favor in the end.
A few more quick sports thoughts.
• With the 11th pick in the NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select … Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State.
• I wanted Chicago to knock Green Bay out of the playoffs, but that loss on Sunday means nothing in the grand scheme of things. I’m not worried.
• Let’s hope this is finally the end for Brett Favre, his ego and his penis.
• Sam Bradford threw to better receivers when he was at Oklahoma than the group of bozos he has on the Rams.
• Tom Brady should be the unanimous MVP, but I still think Devin Hester should be in the top three in voting. Can’t name many players that made a bigger impact on their team in multiple phases of the game than the Windy City Flyer.
• Highlight of my night on Saturday: Playing poker at Sam Khan’s house and beating my old sports writer Corey heads up to win the last game. I had Corey, who plays cash games on a regular basis, on serious tilt. It was awesome!
One final note — I’ll have some funny news to deliver on Monday night. Be sure to check back if you want to share in the laughter with me.