By Ed Baylor: The Houston Texans owner fired head coach Gary Kubiak on Friday, ending for him had been a terrible season as the head coach. The Texans are 2-11, and have lost their last 11 games. That was just too many games for the owner Bob McNair and he decided to let Kubiak go. The stress of the job seemed to have been getting to Kubiak, as he had suffered a stroke two weeks ago in the Texans defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots.
Now that Kubiak is gone, McNair is looking to find a suitable replacement. For the time being Wade Phillips will be the interim head coach for the Texans, but he’s not going to be the permanent replacement. McNair wants a solid head coach with a lot of experience. One name that has popped up is former Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
He’s currently an analyst for Monday Night Football, but he’s considered someone that is just warming his heels in that job while waiting for the perfect coaching job to come along. Whether he’ll like the idea of stepping in as the head coach of a terrible team like the Texans is unknown. They’re such a bad team that even a good coach like Gruden could find himself in a situation where he won’t be able to succeed.
According to John Clayton of ESPN, Gruden, along with Tom Cable, Lovie Smith, Mike Shanahan, and Ken Whisenhunt are all possible candidates for the Texans job.
The Texans need a great deal of help on both sides of the football, and it’s going to take at least 2-3 good drafts as well as signings of key free agents for this team to turn around where they’re at right now. Whoever takes the Texans head coaching job might not stay in that position for long if McNair has unrealistic expectations.