Texans react to Kubiak firing, Phillips as interim HC
Gary Kubiak was fired on Friday. But it wasn’t all his fault.
The head coach, who had held that position for nearly eight seasons, was at the helm of a team with Super Bowl aspirations that has lost 11 straight games to become the worst team in the league.
“For me personally, you just feel accountable,” nose tackle Earl Mitchell said. “That’s someone’s life. That’s just the way you think about things, outside of the aspect of just losing all those games. You’re just thinking about someone who goes home to their wife, that has to deal with this on a personal level. So it just makes you understand that there’s much more than the game.”
Kubiak, 52, amassed a 61-64 record during his time with the Texans. He led them to a division title and playoff wins in each of the last two seasons before this year’s disaster.
“It’s tough. It’s tough, man,” left tackle Duane Brown said. “Because he’s a great coach and he has been for me and the team. And he’s taken us from having our first winning season to our first division title to our first playoff appearance and this year we had very high expectations as a team to get everything done that we wanted to get done and we just didn’t do it. It’s tough to know that we just didn’t close out those games. It’s not on him to win those games, it’s on us and we just didn’t get it done.”
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over for the remainder of the season as the team tries to break their league-leading losing streak with three games to go.
Monday was Phillips’ first day on the job and owner Bob McNair met with the team before practice to explain the decision to fire Kubiak. It was a decision several players felt responsible for on Monday.
“Yeah, we let everybody down, not just him,” running back Ben Tate said. “I mean, 11 straight losses, that’s unacceptable. To be in our situation, it’s unacceptable, especially with as much talent as we have on this team and to go from being people’s Super Bowl team at the beginning of the year and supposedly being able to do this and that and to come up so short, it’s tough. It’s tough.”