Gary Kubiak out as Houston Texans head coach
Around the League Writer
Gary Kubiak is out in Houston.
Per a team source, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans have fired their longtime coach Friday after dropping a franchise-record 11th straight game Thursday night — a 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars — to tumble to 2-11 on the year.
TheMMQB’s Peter King first noted Friday that he expected the team to fire Kubiak, who exits after seven-plus seasons and a 61-63 mark with the Texans in the regular season.
It’s assumed that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over for the remainder of the campaign.
Kubiak’s time in Houston included two AFC South championships and just three losing seasons while he oversaw a team that many expected to soar back to the playoffs in 2013. Instead, veteran quarterback Matt Schaub imploded and foundation running back Arian Foster was lost for the year after undergoing back surgery.
The coach’s health became an issue after Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke on the Reliant Stadium sideline during a Week 9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 3. Phillips stepped in for the team’s Week 10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and will guide the Texans against the Colts in Week 15 before facing the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans to close the season.