March 20, 2018

Coaching Change Leaves Texans in Flux

The Houston Texans tried to hold off to make a head coaching change until the season was over, but former Head Coach Gary Kubiak gave Owner Bob McNair all of the ammunition needed to put an end to the Kubiak era. An unexcusable amount of penalties against the Jacksonville Jaguars and not staying the course with the evaluation process of Case Keenum by pulling him for the second time for Matt Schaub was the last draw.

On the flight home, McNair made the decision and Kubiak was relieved of his duties before the weekend started, but eight years of installing the “Kubiak way” will send the majority of this roster into survival mode. Only Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels were here before Kubiak was named head coach, and every player until the last whistle against Jacksonville has Kubiak’s stamp of approval. Players will have to adjust and with possibly (if Wade Phillips is passed over for the position) a new coaching staff coming in to assess the 53 man roster and practice squad.

We talked to former Houston Texans offensive lineman Charles Spencer  who went through a similar situation with the Texans when he was drafted in 2006 by then General Manager Charlie Casserly, who was replaced by Rick Smith the following year. Spencer said this about the change coming:

“It is a gift and a curse. It will light some fire in players because a new coach is coming in and you will have to impress him and his new staff. If you don’t, you have a chance of losing face and your job. Players can’t get comfortable this off season because this year is going to be very active during free agency and the draft.”

The players will go through a culture shock of sorts these last three weeks, and seeing how the players respond will be interesting to watch. This season has had its fill of off the field stories and the distractions will only get worse with the names surfacing about the potential candidates for Kubiak’s replacement.

Kubiak was labeled as a “player’s coach” and the locker room respected the way he treated them as men and football players, but the change is coming in little over three weeks. When the team reports on Monday to get ready for their trip to Indianapolis, things will not be the same and it could turn into every man for himself when the season finally ends on December 29th. Only a handful of Texans players are safe for the 2014 team and the rest of the roster will be auditioning for their job with the Texans for the next three weeks.


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