Capers Fired

After four losing seasons, including a just-concluded campaign, Houston Texans coach Dom Capers has been fired. The move was expected, but didn't come without second thoughts from team owner Bob McNair.

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McNair had only the highest praise for the Texans first and only head coach just hours after he told Capers he was being let go. After weeks of speculation on coach's future, McNair says he's proud of the way Capers handled the adversity. "He has handled himself in absolutely the highest fashion, has represented our organization in such a way to bring respect and admiration. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the way he has conducted himself as being our head coach," he says.

This is familiar territory for Capers, who was fired after four seasons as the head coach of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1998. He says things didn't turn out like he wanted them too, but admits getting fired is part of the life of a football coach. "It's never fun because when you come in, you come in with expectations, you set goals. To go through this, it's not a lot of fun but I've been around the business long enough that I understand the business," he says.

The Texans say they've already begun compiling a list of candidates to replace Capers and will begin interviews before the end of the month. Along with the worst record in the league this year, the Texans get the top pick in this year's college draft.

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