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Report: Gary Kubiak expected to be fired today

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The Texans have a day-after press conference scheduled in about 20 minutes, and the news could be quite big.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated says he expects Texans coach Gary Kubiak to be fired today, after his team endured an 11th straight loss last night in Jacksonville.

The Texans have fallen off sharply from high expectations this year, and coupled with Kubiak’s health issues (collapsing at halftime of a game against the Colts) with a mini-stroke has made it difficult on many levels.

Kubiak’s in his eight season, and he’s not that far removed from winning 22 games the past two regular seasons.

But with the inside track at the first pick in the draft and an established base of talent, the Texans apparently see it as time for a change.

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  1. vcupats says: Dec 6, 2013 11:46 AM

    It was that photo with Tom Brady.

  2. bigjdve says: Dec 6, 2013 11:47 AM

    While I agree that they need a change, there is only 3 games left, what is the purpose of doing it now and not in 3 weeks?

  3. maxkingpin says: Dec 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    Yep. Writing’s on the wall.

  4. wannabear says: Dec 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    Back to the recycle bin.

  5. 1bbfan says: Dec 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    I think he lost the team after last years playoff loss and sticking with Shaub after that.

  6. unkrautsalat says: Dec 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    So why would you fire him? Let him play out the year, let the team quit on the coach, don’t screw up that first overall pick.

  7. toybkshr says: Dec 6, 2013 11:48 AM

    Another soon to be ESPN(or NFLN, CBS,etc) talking head I’m sure.

  8. randomguy9999 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:49 AM

    yeah, it’s time to clean house… overdue really

  9. ijahru says: Dec 6, 2013 11:49 AM

    This is an example of how important the QB position is. Last year when Shaub played well they were a playoff team. This year when he played bad the coach got fired. That team has way too much talent to lose 11 straight but you can definitely see how bad play at QB is the main reason why.

  10. joeslacco says: Dec 6, 2013 11:49 AM

    Bummer, prolly better for his health anyways. Enjoy riding that Wade Phillips train till the end *LOSSSSSE LOSSSSE!!!

  11. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 6, 2013 11:50 AM

    They should have fired him last night, on the sideline, with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter.

  12. stevent92 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:50 AM

    “Sorry about your recent health episode. Here’s a pink slip as a sign of our condolences.”
    –Texans Mgmt

  13. thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    What a terrible organization…

    Purposely losing games to get a high draft pick.

    Karma will hit this franchise hard

    Texans cheat to lose

    Seahawks cheat to win

    ..but at least the texans don’t take PEDs

  14. ingraven says: Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    Might as well let him finish the season. That’s like benching your starting QB in the 4th quarter with 1:39 left to go when your team is down by 31.

  15. t8ertot says: Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    If Matt Schaub didn’t suck, Kubiak keeps his job

  16. adoombray says: Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    poor guy. this is merciful. team is going nowhere might as well get healthy before next season so he can get an assistant job and keep feeding his family.

  17. ingraven says: Dec 6, 2013 11:53 AM

    Ahhhhhhhh, now they’re FINALLY getting rid of the reason Ed Reed was so bad on that team!!! (Don’t worry, it’s sarcasm)

  18. myeaglescantwin says: Dec 6, 2013 11:53 AM

    **## we have a breaking news update

    HA

    why would you do this now..
    There is no coach that will come in immediately and take over this position for years. So why then clown your team and fire the coach to put some stand in as head coach.

    let the season roll
    keep searching for the replacement

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 11:53 AM

    It’s time…..

    Big changes coming in H-Town this offseason.

  20. guachosporlife says: Dec 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    Deserves to be fired. How can you lose more games than your inagural season? Specially after this team was was a strong contender for the Super Bowl. He has been tuned out by his team…time to go.

  21. averagjoe says: Dec 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    The announcement could be simply that their plane can’t get out of London… and if it could, it couldn’t land in Houston, so they’ll become the London Texans… much to the relief of fans in Houston.

  22. allidoiswin55 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:55 AM

    He should be he went from a late loss last season from being the #1 overall seed to the worst team in football and they havnt even lost key players like qb, Rb, a bunch of OL.. The team has the talent to compete but lost to the jags… The jags were embarrassing earlier this season but as a Hawks fans it’s good to see gus having success.

    That never give up attitude developed here in Seattle is why his team will win more than most last season’s bc the the team hasn’t quite unlike the Texans..

    Good for them, now get in a new qb and start rebuilding the areas necessary, that dline is still legit.. At least they have that.

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:56 AM

    (2011-2013)

    Gary Kubiak
    24 Wins
    21 Losses

    Leslie Frazier
    16 Wins
    27 Losses
    1 Tie

  24. riverace19 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:57 AM

    Well it’s about time. I thought he should have been let go about 2 years ago.
    I’m embarrassed to say I watched last night’s game (on DVR)… the Texans were not prepared, committed tons of mistakes that good coaching sometimes prevents, and generally were a train wreck of a team.
    Time to go Mr. … maybe you can get a job doing Men In Black IV.

  25. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 6, 2013 11:57 AM

    He is a great guy and a great offensive coach. He’ll land on his feet and probably get an OC job right away.

    To be honest though…. the mini stroke should have set off some warning bells and maybe he takes a year off.

    Either way, I wish him the best and will remember the good times….

  26. HerculesHochuli says: Dec 6, 2013 11:59 AM

    That penalty riddled game last night sealed his fate. Clear indication team has given up.

  27. jodave5 says: Dec 6, 2013 11:59 AM

    Dang, a year ago this time he was 11-1 and riding high. That didn’t take long.

  28. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    Paid vacation. He’ll catch on somewhere.

  29. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    They already waited too long, but still better late than ever. Only team in the league with 2 wins. Pathetic. They should be ashamed of themselves, but not sure if they are capable of figuring out how to do that right either.

  30. bworacle says: Dec 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    Last night Kubiak put his and Schaub’s interests above the team’s. The Team interest was seeing what they had in Keenum for the rest of the season. Their interest was a few cheap victories to save their jobs. When that happens it is time to go.

  31. TheBirdsAreBackinBmore says: Dec 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    this is a huge move for the Texans. One that is LONG overdue. Hes always been and underachieving guy who cant manage LOADS! of talent. Good luck my brothas from the south. Keep developing them future RAVENS please!!!

  32. getyourownname says: Dec 6, 2013 12:00 PM

    Coaches are always ultimately judged by W-L record, but he has sure has some coach-killer players.

  33. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    lmao!!!!

  34. denverwally says: Dec 6, 2013 12:01 PM

    Why get rid of Kubiak now? Because its the Texans, and everything they do is the exact WRONG thing.

  35. boiler72 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    What a terrible organization…
    ________________________________

    Yes, the Vikings are terrible. No need to remind us every time your name appears in every PFT thread. Have you enjoyed seeing the Packers win two Super Bowls in your lifetime, lol?

  36. skinsrock says: Dec 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    Is Johnny Football coming to the Houston Texans?? That’s something that could get the fan base real excited.

  37. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 6, 2013 12:05 PM

    bigjdve says:
    Dec 6, 2013 11:47 AM

    While I agree that they need a change, there is only 3 games left, what is the purpose of doing it now and not in 3 weeks?
    ************
    They’re sending message to future coaches. If you suck after 13 games, we’ll fire you.

  38. illinininer says: Dec 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    Never been a fan of firing a coach during a season. Nothing good ever comes of it.

  39. whoisrdymlz says: Dec 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    Not sure you can call tanking cheating. The Colts did it too. Maybe it’s just an AFC South thing.

    Now, the Saints, Seahawks, and Patriots… That’s cheating at its best.

  40. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 6, 2013 12:06 PM

    Wow, Vike fans must be so jealous…

  41. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 6, 2013 12:07 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    What a terrible organization…

    Purposely losing games to get a high draft pick.

    Karma will hit this franchise hard

    Texans cheat to lose

    Seahawks cheat to win

    ..but at least the texans don’t take PEDs
    ***********
    Pretty sad that no matter what you do in life, the Seattle Seahawks are always on your mind.

  42. conormacleod says: Dec 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    Well, let’s hope they can win out so the Vikings can move up in the draft order.

  43. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:10 PM

    ijahru says:
    Dec 6, 2013 11:49 AM
    This is an example of how important the QB position is. Last year when Shaub played well they were a playoff team. This year when he played bad the coach got fired. That team has way too much talent to lose 11 straight but you can definitely see how bad play at QB is the main reason why.
    ———————————————-/—————————–

    More like, last year Shaub played well because the pieces around him were functioning at a high level.

    This year Schaub stunk because the offense overall was not stable including a broken down A Foster.

    This is an example of how important the TEAM CONCEPT is. A lQB driven league” babble is uttered by bad coaches like Tom Cable and lazy analysts.

    On a side note if Shanahan fires Kyle and hires Kubiak it’s over for the NFC East..Redskins got that.

  44. jgk1250 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:11 PM

    Colts definitley tanked the season to get Andrew Luck. Heck, the owner doesn’t deny it.

  45. azarkhan says: Dec 6, 2013 12:11 PM

    I can’t believe the Texans would fire someone who just had a stroke. If they do, they should at least give him a nice severance package

  46. halbert53 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:11 PM

    Texans only team that plays on Wednesday and practices on Sunday.

  47. jziii says: Dec 6, 2013 12:11 PM

    If this is true, it’s a dumb move, in my opinion. He didn’t forget how to coach in the last 12 months, and he didn’t suddenly start to suck at playing quarterback, either. I get that the NFL is a volatile business, but booting a very successful coach because of a lot of things out of his control went wrong this season is just dumb, in my opinion. Maybe there are other factors at play, but we’ve seen this same scenario so many times, and it rarely works out well in the long run…

  48. humanlawndart says: Dec 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    If anything, Schaub should be benched permanently for that hideous suit he was wearing during the post game press conference! Geeeeez

  49. scrp2 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:14 PM

    Wade Phillips is HC again!!! It was only a matter of time.

  50. ryanrockzzz says: Dec 6, 2013 12:15 PM

    Where is all this “tanking” talk coming from. The Texans started out the year with Super Bowl aspirations. As the season progressed, they got worse, and now seem resigned to their fate. If you want to ignore the beginning of the season when the team was just plain losing, and call the last 3 games “tanking,” then hey whatever floats your boat.

    Odd that they would fire Kubiak now, but between his health issues, the state of the locker room, and perhaps some decisions that were being made we don’t know about, I can certainly see a reason to let him go, even if it seems a bit hasty.

  51. patriotinvasion says: Dec 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    Yet another casualty of the New England Patriots’ Reign of Terror. All was good a year ago when the Texans were 11-1. Then they played Master Belichick and the Patriots and have been a complete and utter disaster since. 4-14. #RIPKubiakEra.

  52. raymondtx says: Dec 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    Gary, It’s just business, nothing personal.
    Signed,
    H-Town

  53. firehouse70 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Good man., but it’s part of the profession. He can take some time and get back to coaching next year

  54. thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 12:25 PM

    Almost as bad of an organization as the Packers & Seahawks

  55. dontouchmyjunk says: Dec 6, 2013 12:30 PM

    There’s something cruel about that. Let the man finish the season. He just had a stroke! What a heartless game the NFL can be. Changing coaches isn’t going to improve the Texans lot for this season.

  56. bengalsucker says: Dec 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    Crazy that the guy is getting fired already. Taken team to the playoffs the past two years. He’s been a pretty successful coach. While other coaches around the league doing much worse somehow able to stick with their teams. Maybe the Bengals will be lucky to have Gruden get a HC job this year (god knows why anyone would give him that shot) so we can bring Kubiak in as OC.

  57. illiniftw says: Dec 6, 2013 12:31 PM

    Too bad irsay isn’t the texans owner. I’m sure we would have gotten some amazing tweets about winds changing, etc

  58. jagsandliquor says: Dec 6, 2013 12:33 PM

    Poor guy…. see what the jags do to you

  59. dodohead418 says: Dec 6, 2013 12:40 PM

    Tanking anyone?

  60. audient says: Dec 6, 2013 12:54 PM

    Expansion team woes. I can relate.

    – Browns fan.

  61. olcap says: Dec 6, 2013 1:00 PM

    One coach, who has a sub-par team but is a cheater, keeps his job.

    Another coach with a sub-par team, but hasn’t cheated and is honorable as far as one can tell, gets fired.

    Not saying one shouldn’t have been fired, I’m saying they both should have been, and the cheater, OBVIOUSLY, is more deserving that fate.

  62. tformation says: Dec 6, 2013 1:04 PM

    Who saw this coming in the offseason?

  63. nytxtenn says: Dec 6, 2013 1:15 PM

    It always amazes me that they fire the coaches when it is the players that aren’t playing right and doing their job. Of course, now he can file a lawsuit since part of the reason is really because of his stroke. Not good firing someone when he has an illness. But, he probably will come out better than the team as he can sue and win as well as pick up another job. I say fire all the players and put their pay down to what everyone else gets paid and see if they can work harder. Treat it like corporations do; you don’t do your job (team) and you get fired.

  64. nytxtenn says: Dec 6, 2013 1:18 PM

    It would be good if people put more emphasis on their kids and learning rather than sports. It seems like the population is more enthused about football than I have seen some of them in taking care of their kids, having better schools and more money for them, and teaching kids to respect all cultures. Just saying!

  65. mrsmell says: Dec 6, 2013 1:22 PM

    Wow, I cant wait for Wade to step up and get a coaching gig again…..lol. Just watch, next 3 games, HOU is going to play lights out. Its has happen almost every where Wade has been a coordinator.

  66. titansbro says: Dec 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    thepftpoet says: Dec 6, 2013 11:52 AM

    What a terrible organization…
    Purposely losing games to get a high draft pick.
    Karma will hit this franchise hard
    Texans cheat to lose
    Seahawks cheat to win
    ..but at least the texans don’t take PEDs
    ————————————————————

    I hope your post is being sarcastic. But if not, where’s your outrage for the Colts then? And what about Brian Cushing?

  67. lotusfather says: Dec 6, 2013 2:24 PM

    bigjdve says: Dec 6, 2013 11:47 AM

    While I agree that they need a change, there is only 3 games left, what is the purpose of doing it now and not in 3 weeks?

    He already has some sympathy from fans and the media after the mini stroke, so then lets say that the Texans pull it together and win the last three games of the season (unlikely). That momentum and the stroke would make it a PR headache to fire him at the end of the season. Firing him now after 11 straight losses makes it much easier for fans and the media to swallow.

  68. bayoor75 says: Dec 6, 2013 2:38 PM

    The Texan’s head coaching vacancy will be the most sought-after vacancy in all of sports this offseason. The team is almost complete and many coaches will believe that with a few additions and subtractions, they can take the Texans to a deep playoff run.

    It’s up to McNair to make the right decision. He has been know to go for unknown or rookie head coaches just to save some money.

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