Texans fire coach Gary Kubiak - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Texans fire coach Gary Kubiak

Posted: Updated:
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, left, shakes hands with Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, right, after an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, left, shakes hands with Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, right, after an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla.

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak on Friday, parting ways with the only coach to lead the team to the playoffs.

The team announced the decision one day after the Texans lost their 11th straight game, 27-20 at Jacksonville, a stunning fall for a team that expected to make a Super Bowl run. Houston (2-11) played miserably and was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.

The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and was working under a three-year contract that runs through 2014. An eighth-round pick out of Texas A&M, he spent nine years as John Elway's backup in Denver and has made his mark as an offensive guru and quarterbacks mentor.

The Texans said they couldn't wait any longer to start turning things around.

"What's taken place with this organization is unacceptable," general manager Rick Smith said. "We've got three weeks of an evaluation process left and we've got to right the ship."

Owner Bob McNair said the decision was a hard one.

"It was difficult for me because I think so much of Gary," McNair said. "We're here to have a winning culture and this year has not contributed to that."

The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.

After taking over the team in 2006, Kubiak led the team to back-to-back AFC South titles in 2011-2012.

Kubiak's overall record is 61-64, with a 2-2 mark in the playoffs. He suffered a mini-stroke Nov. 3 in a frightening scene, collapsing at halftime during a game against the Colts and being rushed to a Houston hospital. He had returned to the sidelines, but the Texans have been unable to rebound from injuries to top players including quarterback Matt Schaub and running back Arian Foster.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

    Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

    Thursday, June 21 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-06-21 06:32:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). FILE- This Feb. 1, 2018, file photo shows a Burger King Whopper meal combo at a restaurant in the United States. Burger King says it’s sorry for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant f...(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File). FILE- This Feb. 1, 2018, file photo shows a Burger King Whopper meal combo at a restaurant in the United States. Burger King says it’s sorry for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant f...
    Burger King says it's sorry for an ad in Russia offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to women who get pregnant from World Cup players. 
    Burger King says it's sorry for an ad in Russia offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to women who get pregnant from World Cup players. 
  • AP source: Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov

    AP source: Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov

    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:23:58 GMT
    Person familiar with situation says Charlotte Hornets agree to trade center Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, 2 future second-round draft picks. 
    Person familiar with situation says Charlotte Hornets agree to trade center Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, 2 future second-round draft picks. 
  • Mickelson apologizes 4 days after hitting moving ball

    Mickelson apologizes 4 days after hitting moving ball

    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:23 AM EDT2018-06-21 05:23:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Phil Mickelson reacts after sinking a putt on the 13th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II). Phil Mickelson reacts after sinking a putt on the 13th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y.
    Mickelson apologizes 4 days after intentionally violating golf rules at U.S. Open. 
    Mickelson apologizes 4 days after intentionally violating golf rules at U.S. Open. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.