It started with a quick missive from NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora on Wednesday: Texans coach Gary Kubiak could be safe in Houston, and paired with Wade Phillips as his defensive coordinator next year.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle now confirms that’s exactly what is expected to happen. From Friday’s paper:
“Unless something like a blowout loss to Jacksonville in Sunday’s game at Reliant Stadium causes him to have an 11th-hour change of heart, McNair will bring back Kubiak for his sixth season, two people familiar with the situation said Thursday,” McClain writes.
Kubiak would then be paired with Phillips as his defensive coordinator. (Phillips might like sticking it to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones by helping the other team in the state.)
We’re on record saying that this plan is just crazy enough to work. The one part that makes no sense is somehow tying it to avoiding a blowout loss Sunday.
Five years of evidence of Kubiak apparently isn’t enough. How the team performs against Trent Edwards could make a difference? The Texans losing to the Titans and Broncos the last two weeks somehow didn’t break Kubiak, but a blowout loss would now?
Houston’s offense is good, but Kubiak needs to figure out how to put together four quarters of quality of football. They are great at scoring in bunches, usually when trailing.
For three straight years, his prized offense has been far better at creating yards and fantasy points than actual points.