Kubiak thanks McNair, Texans, city in statement

Kubiak thanks McNair, Texans, city in statement
December 6, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Gary Kubiak was fired by Texans owner Bob McNair on Friday.

McNair said he made the decision on the plane ride home from Jacksonville, where the Texans lost their 11th straight game on Thursday night. Instead of Kubiak's normal day-after press conference, McNair, his son Cal and GM Rick Smith held a press conference to announce the firing.

But Kubiak released the following statement through the Texans just before 4:30 p.m. on Friday:

“I want to thank Bob McNair and his family for giving me my first head coaching opportunity in the National Football League. Bob has treated me with the utmost class and respect throughout my career with the Texans. I am appreciative of him for bringing me back to Houston to coach my hometown team.

"I want thank the players and coaches for all the work they have put in during my years with the Texans. Though we came up short this season, the work, effort and sacrifice they gave me and this organization over the last eight seasons is not to be taken for granted. I want to wish them all the best.

"I want to thank the people in the organization for their support over all the years. We could not have achieved our goals without their tireless work and commitment to our team.

"Lastly, my family and I want to thank the city of Houston for their support of the football team and our family. We had a great run here and we will never forget our back-to-back AFC South Championships. Coming back home was a dream come true for all of us. This will always be our home. Thank you.”

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