On Friday, Texans owner Robert C. McNair was asked what the “last straw” was when it came to firing coach Gary Kubiak one day after a 27-20 loss at Jacksonville.
McNair’s answer was illuminating.
“Well, I think the last straw was losing,” McNair replied. “We’ve got a lot better talent than Jacksonville. To have them beat us twice, that’s to their credit.
“They played harder, they played smarter, and that’s not acceptable to us to have some team beat us on that basis. If they’re better than we are, if they’ve got better ability than we do, then fine, but we expect to go out and play hard and play smart. We didn’t play smart.”
In defeat, the favored Texans committed 14 penalties for 177 yards. While McNair has deep wells of patience, he had clearly tired of the Texans looking little like they were expected to be.