Posted by Will Brinson
Because of the late-season swoon suffered by the Texans and their current 5-10 record, it's been commonly presumed that Gary Kubiak is on the hot seat in Houston. In fact, some fans have even been protesting his presence.
Now, however, reports are coming out of Texas that indicate Kubiak may get another year with the organization and may get the help of an old Houstonian, Wade Phillips. Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network said earlier in the week he was hearing "rumblings" of a Phillips-Kubiak pairing.
Now, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Texans owner Bob McNair wants Kubiak to hire a big-name defensive coordinator with a proven track record." Although, for what it's worth, McClain does caveat Kubiak's job safety by pointing out that the Texans need only to avoid a "blowout loss in Jacksonville" to keep McNair from having an "11th hour change of heart" and firing Kubiak.
Whether or not you think Wade's a good head coach, it's difficult to argue with his success as a defensive coordinator -- as McClain notes, the last four times Phillips' took a job as a DC, it was with a team that had a losing record and they were in the playoffs the next year.
McNair reportedly believes that the Texans offense is "in good hands" with Kubiak, but the defense, which was abysmal in 2010, needs an overhaul and a veteran playcaller.
Phillips, presumably, would provide that, and considering the season he had with Dallas in 2010 (a 1-7 start), it stands to reason he'd be more than willing to return to Houston (where he played in college, coached as a graduate assistant and began his pro coaching career) to try and wipe away the bad memories that people have of his latest head coaching stint.
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