One day after suffering an embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak on Friday, according to reports. The 2-11 Texans have the NFL’s worst record despite entering the season as Super Bowl hopefuls and their 11-game losing streak is the longest in franchise history.
“This has been a very disappointing year for the Texans organization,” team owner Bob McNair said at a press conference. “We started out with such high hopes, and we felt like it was the best roster we’ve ever started the year with. We really, really anticipated a very favorable outcome, and to have this string of losses is just totally unacceptable. It’s not what this organization is about. We’re about winning and accountability, and even though we would normally wait until the end of the year to evaluate our coaching staff … under these extreme circumstances, I thought it was in the best interests of the organization to go ahead and start that evaluation process now.
“We felt that a change was needed at the head coach position, so Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach.”
Joining the team prior to the 2006 season, Kubiak was the NFL’s fourth-longest tenured head coach, and finishes with an overall record of 61-64. The Houston native helped guide the Texans to back-to-back division titles and a pair of playoff wins over the past two seasons, but after winning their first two games of the year, the Texans have dropped 11-straight.
From fans cheering an injury to struggling quarterback Matt Schaub to the 177 yards in penalties the Texans gave the Jaguars last night -- the most in the NFL since 2001 -- this has been an ugly year for Houston. Star wide receiver Andre Johnson, the greatest player in franchise history, called last night’s loss the “lowest point” in his 11-year career, and the sloppy play and season-sweep by the Jaguars sealed Kubiak’s fate.
Wade Phillips, who served as interim head coach when Kubiak was recovering from the “mini-stroke” he suffered at halftime in a game against the Indianapolis Colts, will replace Kubiak for the remainder of the season.