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Kubiak out as Texans head coach


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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Mired in an 11-game slide and owners of the NFL's worst record, the Texans today fired head coach Gary Kubiak. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as interim head coach.

The firing comes a day after Houston fell to Jacksonville, 27-20, in front of a national TV audience.

"To have this string of losses we've sustained is just totally unacceptable," said Texans owner Bob McNair during a press conference this morning. "It's not what this organization is about. We're about winning and accountability and even though we'd normally wait until the end of the year to evaluate our coaches and our players, under our extreme circumstances, we decided it was in the best interest of the organization to go ahead and start that evaluation process now and as a result of that, we felt a change was needed in the head coach position and so Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach."

Kubiak, a Houston native, replaced the Texans first head coach, Dom Capers, after the 2005 season. In 8 seasons since, Kubiak has a 61-64 regular season record and has led the Texans to the playoffs twice, where he's 2-2.

"What's taken place with this organization is unacceptable," general manager Rick Smith said. "We've got three weeks of an evaluation process left and we've got to right the ship."

The Texans started the season 2-0, beating both San Diego and Tennessee in come-from-behind wins. The Titans would be the last game Houston would win this season, though, as the team suffered through a franchise-record 11 consecutive losses.

Quarterback Matt Schaub was injured in the fourth game of the11-game losing streak and was replaced by former UH star Case Keenum. When Schaub was healthy again, Keenum remained the starter, but Schaub did come in during the second half of the game against Oakland and then last night against Jacksonville.

Asked about the quarterback situation, McNair said that Keenum will be the starter for the rest of the year.

As for Phillips, he has an 82-61 regular season record as a head coach and will be the coach of record for the sixth franchise of his career next Sunday at Indianapolis.

We're following this developing story and will post any new information as soon as we get it.

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