Let me just begin this by saying, like Tim's conspiracy theory yesterday, this is nothing more than rampant speculation on Gary Kubiak based on what Ian Rapoport mentioned on NFL Network, which Corzo linked to as a FanShot on Wednesday. I have no inside information, no sources to speak of; this is just a man and a random nugget of thought that crossed his mind when he read this. Do not claim this as fact. It is the basest of speculation and meant to cause a bit of debate. Whether this is just some rational thought or something that should be placed alongside the theory that the moon landing was staged, I leave that for you to decide.
In case you haven't been paying attention this season (and frankly I wouldn't blame you if you weren't), your Houston Texans have a 2-7 record and an upcoming schedule that doesn't look to get any easier.
It's a bad place for a team to be, and an even worse one for a coach. According to Ian Rapoport, Gary Kubiak's position as head coach is becoming more tenuous with each loss.
It gives me no pleasure to say this, and I fully reserve the right to change my mind if circumstances change, but I think as of this moment, this is the beginning of the end of Gary Kubiak's stewardship of the Houston Texans. I know. I know what you're thinking out there. "The team is 2-7. If that's not enough of a reason to fire him, what is?"
Sure, it's a terrible record. Considering the expectations surrounding this team, this could very well be the worst season in Texans history. That is not, however, what I base my reasoning upon. Most of it is based on what was said by Ian Rapoport when he said the Texans' front office was frustrated with Kubiak, and what was not said.
First, the report itself. It would be easy and understandable to dispute the validity of this report by simply saying that Rapoport got it wrong, that he doesn't know what he's talking about. I'm not going to say he's never wrong because that's simply not true. He's been wrong before. Shoot, he even broke a story just the other day about Ben Roethlisberger wanting a trade out of Pittsburgh, which was quickly refuted by Roethlisberger and his agent.
The news that the front office is unhappy with Kubiak came out four days ago. It is now Friday, and not a single member of the front office, not Rick Smith, neither of the McNairs, not even Snuffy the copy boy has come out to say that Rapoport's statement is untrue. If he were mistaken, someone in a position of authority would have gotten behind a microphone by now and said something to that effect.
Rapoport specifically brought up how those in the front office dislike the way the team does not rotate in personnel at outside linebacker and along the defensive line. The front office types also supposedly don't like how the coaching staff has too much input on draft selections. I'm looking at you, Randy Bullock and Sam Montgomery.
It's a fair complaint. A weary J.J. Watt & Co. is a less effective J.J. Watt & Co., and the last thing this team needs is any more injuries, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I also don't need to explain to you just how frightening the prospect of allowing Joe Marciano into a draft room is, let alone what kind of influence he might have on draft picks. Those are good, specific gripes, and I'll have more to say about them in a minute.
Just how hot is Texans coach Gary Kubiak's Seat?
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