Texans give Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith contract extensions

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Texans owner Bob McNair has put his money where his mouth was.

Back in early May, McNair said that contract extensions for coach Gary Kubiak and General Manager Rick Smith were in the works and now comes word that the work is finished. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team has signed both men to extensions on Thursday. Neither the length of the deals nor the amount of money involved is known at this point.

Kubiak and Smith were both scheduled to be out of contract after the 2012 season, something that wasn’t going to happen after they took the Texans to their first playoff berth and win last season. McNair stuck with the duo through some disappointing seasons, so it was hard to imagine that he wasn’t going to reward them for finally pushing the Texans over that hurdle.

Kubiak was hired in January 2006, shortly before Smith was hired to replace Charley Casserley. Each of them has received one previous contract extension from the Texans and they’ll be able to put themselves in position for a third if they can push the Texans past being one of the final eight teams playing in the years to come.

12 responses to “Texans give Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith contract extensions

  1. Kubiak saved his job last season. But with a 47-49 record over 6 seasons I don’t think most Texans fans are thrilled that he was given an extension.

  2. Dumb & Dumber get extensions…I hope they have the negatives in a safe place! This is the same GM that fired the best Trainer in the NFL & Head Coach that was forced to hire an established Defense Head Coach. Cronyism is alive and well with these two.

  3. Shut up, it would be ludicrous if the Texans don’t make the playoffs! That record is hardly Kubiak’s fault. Rick Smith just made very coarse decisions in picking his first few D-cord’s. Luckily he started reading War Room.

    Go watch Kubiak’s interviews and you’ll see he’s a pretty good coach. There’s a good system there that Rick and Kubiak constantly talk about. It’s why they’ve been getting so much attention lately. Texans are dope people, let it be known. Bull’s on parade.

  4. Everyone who knows football saw how close the Texans were to beating Baltimore on the road with a ROOKIE 5th rd. draft pick last year.

    *If Schaub is healthy, the Texans are serious Superbowl contenders.

    I think the negative posts were from Colts, Jags, Titans and other AFC teams.

    Smart move McNair!

  5. Heard that Kubiak was offered 4 years and would take only 3 years. Interesting. Hope we find out why.
    They definitely deserved extensions, come on man with all that negative noise above. How many teams win playoff games with two of their top defenders and their #1 & #2 QB out? Depth is GM’s job, managing it=coach’s job. They proved themselves.

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