Houston Texans owner Bob McNair says the team’s losing season has been horrible, a nightmare, something he’s not accustomed to as a successful business owner. He fired head coach Gary Kubiak less than 24-hours after the team lost to the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
“I thought about it continually, in terms of are we making progress? You know, if we’re making progress then fine, let’s continue along the line that we’re going. You know, the game against New England, we were in a very good position to win that game, but just didn’t see that we were progressing and showing improvement in those areas where we needed to show improvement.”
He stressed that the coaching change doesn’t reflect a long term rebuilding process.
“We had some injuries that hurt us in key positions in terms of leadership on the field, so we have some things that we need to do, but we’ve still have a good core group of players that can make for an outstanding team.”
The Texans have the worst record in the league at 2-wins and 11-losses.
McNair was asked with all the talent on the team if he regretted not making the decision earlier.
“When your starting quarterback has had four games where you’ve had losses, or you’ve had one game or two games, when you take a person like Matt (Schaub) who’s had success with us for six or seven years, because he has one bad game you don’t remove him.”
Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as acting head coach for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, sentiment from Texans fans was mixed.
Male: “About time, hopefully we’ll get a winner in there next time.”
Female: “That is just, Oh my God, that’s so sad because last year they did really well. Why now? Why did they so that poor man like that?”
Female: “I think it’s awfully sad because he’s only a coach, he’s not a player. He can’t make the players, he can only give them the plays, and if they don’t run them the way that they should be ran, then you can’t fire him for that.”
Other fans were surprised to hear it happened:
Male: “I didn’t know that. Oh, really that’s shocking news.”
Male: “But if you lose 11 games in a row, that’s not good.”
Male: “No, I don’t think it should have happened. It’s a bit unfair you know? Give the guy a chance to come back.”
Female: “I don’t really agree with it, actually. I think they maybe should have let him have one more year and try to get it back going.”
There is a silver lining to the dismal season. As it stands, the Texans have the number one pick in next year’s draft.