Former Golden Boy Loses Midas Touch: Houston's Kubiak Fired

Published on 6-Dec-2013 by Stacey Mickles

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Former Golden Boy Loses Midas Touch: Houston's Kubiak Fired

Well, so much for the theory that Houston was angling for the first choice in the 2014 draft.

The Houston Texans have pulled the plugged on head coach Gary Kubiak after eight seasons.

The Texans are 2-11 and lost again last night to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That seemed to be the final straw for the Texans' ownership.

Houston poobah Bob McNair also said in his best Jerry Jones voice that Case Keenum will continue as the team's starting quarterback and that Wade Phillips will be interim head coach. At least former Cowboys coach Phillips is accustomed to this sort of environment.

It's been a rough year for Kubiak, who just returned to the sidelines recently after having a mini-stroke on the field a few weeks ago. Frankly, it's only a mini-stroke if it isn't happening to you, but since Kubiak isn't you, that's what it was. And on top of that, you still have your job.

What probably hurt Kubiak the most is -- even after the Indianapolis Colts cut Peyton Manning, who was the main thorn in the Texans' side -- the team has continued to struggle after his return to the sidelines, falling further and further below rest of the division.

Kubiak leaves the Texans with a 61-64 record.