That’s what the question Houston Texans ownership posed to the coach who has been with them through some pretty great years. After eight seasons, the last of which was a very disappointing one, Gary Kubiak was fired Friday.
According to USA Today Sports, Texans owner Bob McNair said, “”The 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. … ”This has been a very disappointing year for the Texans organization,’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 accountability.”
Gary was happy to have been given the opportunity to coach for his hometown team.
According to Kubiak: “I want to thank Bob McNair and his family for giving me my first head coaching opportunity in the National Football League. Bob has treated me with the utmost class and respect throughout my career with the Texans. I am appreciative of him for bringing me back to Houston to coach my hometown team. I want to thank the players and coaches for all the work they have put in during my years with the Texans. Though we came up short this season, the work, effort and sacrifice they gave me and this organization over the last eight seasons is not to be taken for granted. I want to wish them all the best.
“I want to thank the people in the organization for their support over all the years.
After that mild stroke just weeks ago, I’m also sure he will appreciate having some time, however little it may be, off to rest. And not have the stresses of being a pro coach. Gary and his wife will find a good fit for their family. I’m sure of it.
ESPN is already throwing around some names of people who could replace Kubiak, and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden’s name is at the top of that last. Surprised? No!
OK. Here’s some more names. Current interim coach Wade Phillips. Lovie Smith, Jay Gruden, Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Shanahan. Yes. That Mike Shanahan!
Should be an interesting job search season!