Gary Kubiak, the Texans head coach, arguably has one of the harder jobs in Houston right now. For the ninth straight Monday afternoon press conference, he had to explain to reporters what went wrong on Sunday.
“You know, we’re missing some pieces, obviously, as a football team. A lot of guys get nicked this time of year. You never use that as an excuse, you have to work through that stuff, so we’re no different from that standpoint. There’s a lot of young players contributing to what we’re doing, so we’re finding out from that perspective, but it always gets down to winning and being successful and that’s all we care about week in and week out, regardless of what’s going on. So, you know, another disappointment yesterday but another opportunity next week.”
Another opportunity to win next week, sure. But many fans have had enough.
Just last season, Houston was one of the hottest teams in the league, only falling in the second round of the playoffs to the New England Patriots.
Houstonians I met strolling through the downtown tunnels certainly didn’t hold back their disappointment about how the season has been going for the Texans.
Fan Steve Sawyer about sums it up.
“Well, I’m very disappointed obviously. They’ve gone the last nine games without a win, and they had such high expectations early in the season.”
Nina Kerry says she’s a true fan, and unlike many, she’ll continue to watch the games, but something has to change.
“Maybe get a different coaching strategy, because they have good players, so it’s about maybe their strategy, you know. (…) Maybe different coaches, change them out.”
Andres Castro agrees that one thing that definitely has to change is the head coach.
“I think we need a better head leadership right now, just overall team leadership. I think that’s the only definite.”
Houston sports columnists largely agree — one writing that the question is no longer “if” but “when” Kubiak will be fired.
Even so, that topic wasn’t brought up at the weekly press conference.
And so for now the Texans coach is hanging in there — with another opportunity to win next Sunday against the Patriots at Reliant Stadium.