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Jim Corbett, USA Today
The 2014 season starts now for the Houston Texans.
string of losses is unacceptable," Texans owner Bob McNair fired coach
Gary Kubiak on Friday, one day after the underachieving 2-11 Texans lost
27-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as interim head coach.
ANALYSIS: Of Texans' latest loss
last straw was losing. We have a lot better talent than Jacksonville,''
McNair said. "We are so disappointed and shocked by what has happened. ...
Gary accepted it and understands the situation."
McNair said that he decided to fire the 52-year-old Kubiak while flying back Thursday night.
search for Kubiak's replacement has already begun, and McNair said
Phillips will be considered for the job. Another potential candidate
could be former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, a Texas native.
Texans entered this season with legitimate Super Bowl expectations but
have failed miserably, losing 11 consecutive games. During Week 9 Kubiak
suffered a mini-stroke and missed two games before returning.
the team is without a clearcut answer at quarterback. Thursday night's
loss to Jacksonville was sealed by quarterback Matt Schaub's 10th interception after Kubiak benched starter Case Keenum in a bid to spark his team.
truly felt that (Kubiak) would be with us until it was time to retire,"
McNair said. "But we have to do what's best for the organization. We're
here to have a winning culture, and this year does not contribute to
Kubiak was 61-63 with just two wild-card playoff appearances during his eight-season tenure since replacing Dom Capers in 2006.
has been a very disappointing year for the Texans organization,''
McNair said. "We started out with such high hopes, we started out with
the best roster we've ever started a year with. ... And to have this
string of losses that we've sustained is just totally unacceptable. It's
not what this organization is about. It's about winning and