The coaching carousal did not spin in Houston for Texans’ coach Gary Kubiak but he’s keeping his job at the expense of his defensive staff. Kubiak fired his defensive coordinator, Frank Bush as well as three members of the job, supposedly, in exchange for keeping his job.
Kubiak’s team showed marked improvement his first few seasons jumping from 6-10 in 2006 to 8-8 in 2007. Since then, though, the Texans have been stuck in a perpetual state of mediocrity waiting for greatness to come. Kubiak’s best season was in 2009 when his team went 9-7 and were in playoff contention until the last day of the season and 2010 started even more promisingly with an opening day 34-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts, breaking a long losing streak. Yet, the team suffered a back slide this season, falling to 6-10 and dropping Kubiak’s coaching record in Texas to 37-43 with no playoff appearances.
It is rumored and expected that Kubiak will hire another failed Texas coach, Wade Phillips, to run his defense. Phillips has a reputation as an excellent defensive coach and would be a good fit. Phillips, though, would have his work cut-out for him. He would inherit a defense that allowed 427 points this season and was ranked dead last in pass defense. Houston has a good nucleus of defenders, though, led by DE Mario Williams (who compiled 8.5 sacks in 13 games), and linebackers Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans (whose season was also cut short due to injury).
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