As the Texans try to end the longest losing streak in franchise history, some Texans players have begun to publicly support a head coach who could be out of a job once the season ends.
“We want [Gary Kubiak] here,” tight end Garrett Graham said, via SportsRadio 610 in Houston. “He’s a great coach. We want him to stay here so obviously we have to win ball games to help him out and not have that happen.”
“I think we can still turn this around and change opinions,” linebacker Brooks Reed said. “I love Gary Kubiak and what he does as a coach and as a person. I would hate to see him go.”
Kubiak’s recent health scare could get him some extra consideration with owner Bob McNair, but that situation could be long forgotten come December 30, the Monday after the end of the regular season.
“The nature of our business, if you don’t perform and you’re not successful, you don’t win — there’s a chance you will be out of the business,” offensive lineman Wade Smith said. “This business is not kind on those that don’t perform well.”
With Kubiak entering the final year of his contract in 2014 (he opted not to sign through 2015 when he inked his most recent extension), McNair will have to decide whether to fire Kubiak, give him a new contract, or let him coach out his lame-duck year.
One possibility would be a Band-Aid extension that puts Kubiak under contract through 2015.
The broader question is whether McNair would clean house, firing Kubiak and G.M. Rick Smith, or simply hire a new head coach. After a 2-14 season in 2005, McNair promptly fired coach Dom Capers. After the 2006 draft, G.M. Charley Casserly resigned amid rumors that it wasn’t voluntary.
The final decision could depend on what happens over the next seven weeks. Based on what has happened in the last seven games, however, it’s not looking good.