Gary Kubiak compiled a 61-64 overall record in eight years in Houston.
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Houston Texans relieved Gary Kubiak of his duties as head coach on Friday, less than 24 hours after the team was dealt its 11th consecutive loss with a 27-20 setback at Jacksonville.
Kubiak had guided the Texans to consecutive AFC South titles and a pair of playoff wins over the previous two seasons, but the team presently owns the NFL's worst record at 2-11 while clearly disappointing during this 2013 campaign.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who served as interim head coach for one of those defeats when Kubiak missed the club's Nov. 16 matchup at Arizona while recovering from a mini-stroke, will take over the Texans for the final three regular-season games.
Time runs out on Texans' Kubiak
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
The bottom line of the ledger rarely has a column for empathy and Gary Kubiak found that out the hard way on Friday.
The veteran coach was shown the door after the Texans' franchise-record 11th straight loss against equally inept Jacksonville on "Thursday Night Football," a setback which plummeted Houston to 2-11 on the season, a dismal mark coming on the heels of two consecutive AFC South division crowns.
The trip to the unemployment line came just 33 days after Kubiak was stricken with a mini-stroke during halftime of the Texans game against Indianapolis on Nov. 3, and magnifies just how much of a bottom-line business the NFL really is.