Texans firing of Kubiak could spark a feeding frenzy

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With the Texans running Gary Kubiak out of town after being something other than the broom in a two-game sweep involving the Jaguars, Houston has gotten a head start on finding a new coach.

More specifically, the Texans have gotten a head start on the looming land rush for Lovie Smith.  Per multiple reports, Smith will be the first candidate interviewed by the Texans.

Smith’s mostly successful stint in Chicago will make him attractive in the coming hiring cycle, especially since Andy Reid’s change of venue produced immediate results for a Chiefs team that was 2-14 in 2012.  Members of the Fired Football Coaches Association will be more attractive this year given Reid’s efforts in Kansas City, and Smith currently is at the top of the list.

If other franchises with coaches on the hot seat covet Smith and want to make a run at him before it’s too late, other owners could decide to make a move with their current coaches sooner rather than later.  Whether it’s the Buccaneers or the Vikings or the Jets, if the decision has essentially been made to move on and if the time is coming for others to speak now or forever hold their piece/peace/whatever, coaches who are expected to be dumped may be dumped a bit prematurely.

That said, Lovie Smith surely realizes that other NFL teams will be interested, making him less likely to make a quick decision until he knows the full content of his potential dance card.  But that could prompt Texans owner Bob McNair to request a quick decision from Smith, with the threat/promise/whatever that McNair will move on to someone else if Smith isn’t ready to make a commitment sooner rather than later.

While some of the discussions with other teams could happen behind the scenes pending the completion of the season, Smith possibly will refuse to engage (directly or through his agent) in any discussions with a team that currently has a non-interim head coach.  If Smith takes that position, the end result is that more guys could be getting fired before December 30, otherwise known this year as Black Monday.

20 responses to “Texans firing of Kubiak could spark a feeding frenzy

  1. Lovie Smith is a good coach. I was shocked when the Bears fired him and even more shocked that he wasn’t picked up right away.

  2. My guess is that he would want to pick a team that has a base 4-3 with the kind of Tampa-2 system that he is used to coaching.

  3. Lovie would be a horrible fit for Houston. They’re most likely drafting a qb and he pretty much ruined Cutler after he was able to throw for 4500 yards the year before he came to Chicago, and once Lovie left town Cutler magically improved. Lovie wants to win with defense and special teams and offense is an after thought to him. It’s tought to win with that formula

  4. I am a bears season ticket holder and for several years now I have been of the opinion thaT anyone named Lovie should be working in a nail salon, not the NFL. I have attended training camp numerous times and believe me you will not see a less structured,less disciplined atmosphere than was the bears training camp under Lovie. He is at best a d coordinator.

  5. Yesterday, people went nuts when it was suggested that Ken Whisenhunt might get another head coaching opportunity. Now today everyone is in total agreement that Smith is a wonderful coach who richly deserves another opportunity.

    Whisenhunt: two playoff appearances in six years (33%), one Super Bowl appearance.

    Smith: three play appearances in nine years (33%), one Super Bowl appearance.

    Yes, Smith’s winning percentage is slightly higher, but he didn’t have Rod Graves picking his players.

    Both coaches are the very picture of mediocrity, yet everyone thinks one of them but not the other should get another job. What’s the difference?

    Oh, wait, never mind.

  6. The problem with being a college or professional football coach is that most likely, sooner or later, you’re going to get fired. No matter how good you are and no matter how many games you win, sooner or later you’re going to start losing too many games and then you can get sacked. Thing is, every time a coach wins a game, there’s a coach that loses the game. You can never have a season where every coach wins more games than he loses. It isn’t mathematically possible. There will always be coaches who will lose more games than they win in a season. When a coach signs an agreement to coach a team, he can pretty much expect to be fired, sooner or later. Look at Tom Landry. Despite his legendary status, when he lost too many games, it was goodbye Tom. I’m not happy about that, but that’s what happened.

  7. The good:
    I recognize all that Lovie brought to the Bears – the great play of the defense, he was liked and respected by the players, who always played hard for him. You knew you would always have a disciplined, mature team with Lovie – no room for knuckleheads, no brats, show-boaters or self-promoters. He emphasized CHARACTER and the team-first approach.

    But…here’s what drove me CRAZY about Lovie: stubborn as a mule. Sticking with Ron Turner, “Rex is our QB”, Mike Martz and the 7 step drops getting Cutler killed, “We think we’ve got a decent o-line”. Using Cedric Benson in the Super Bowl instead of Thomas Jones. His refusal to see the limits of Hester as a converted WR. He NEVER, and I mean NEVER made meaningful in-game adjustments, at the half or otherwise. If a team started exploiting the Bears in some way (the Pack used to kill us with the slant…you saw what the Seahawks did last year with the option, etc.) – Lovie stubbornly REFUSED to make any adjustments to counter the other team. Also horrible in managing a game clock, especially in the final minutes.

    And some of the personnel blunders…draft blunders…using the wrong players in the wrong positions….failure to develop the talent of certain players…some of that is Lovie, but a lot of it was GM Angelo, too.

    With all the talent his Bears teams have had over his tenure, I feel like they could have/should have accomplished more. I think Lovie failed to get the MOST out of his teams and the talent they had. Part of that failure was lack of depth, or lack of a “Plan B” when Plan A didn’t work. Lovie always just doggedly, stubbornly, predictably stuck to whatever the original plan was. You could even see it with Martz – calling for 7 step drops from Cutler –REPEATEDLY – with no o-line, mediocre receivers, and while the running game/Forte was hot (even with the limited touches he had). It was just shameful to watch.

  8. My other big gripe with Lovie was/is his demeanor…it was so frikking frustrating to see the Bears lose some heart-breaker, and then you have Lovie giving his sleepy, Droopy-dog, bland, boring platitudes, no difference in his personality whether the Bears won or lost. No passion on the sidelines. He’s a TERRIBLE communicator.

    And I get coaches having some guard up with the media. But I want to see a little PASSION from time to time in the coach, a little emotion and energy, I want to SEE that he cares as much as I (the fans) do.

    And part of the reason Cutler gets such crap from people is because of Smith’s (and the Bears’) failures to communicate – in that NFC championship game – all it would’ve taken to shut up the announcers/media/critics would’ve been a quick update from the team trainer/coach/whoever about Cutler’s status. “Cutler sustained a critical injury to his knee – he attempted to continue in the 3rd quarter but we made decision to take him out of the game.” Instead they said NOTHING, and left Cutler out twisting in the wind, exposed to all the jackals, vultures and critics to speculate and criticize.

    Under Lovie, the Bears NEVER protected Cutler – not literally, OR figuratively!

  9. Spot on deweyaxewound, only thing I can differ with was using Benson. From what I recall Thomas Jones banged up his knee and was out. As I saw #32 enter the field, I knew then the game was over.

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