Potential coaching candidates for Texans

Potential coaching candidates for Texans
December 7, 2013, 11:15 am
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Kubiak firing debate continues in CSN green room!

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The Texans fired long-time head coach Gary Kubiak on Friday and owner Bob McNair said the search to replace him has already started. He even said what he wanted in the next head coach.

Here's a little cheat sheet about some top prospects who may or may not be up for the Texans' job. Here they are in alphabetical order:

Darrell Bevell
Bevell is a young guy (43) but has been coaching for one of the best teams in the NFL. He's the offensive coordinator in Seattle and has helped develop Russell Wilson. The Texans will likely need to develop a young quarterback and Bevell might be the guy. But he's never been a head coach, which might take him off McNair's list.

Jon Gruden
The former head coach has had a nice, cushy analyst job with ESPN for a while, so it might be tough to lure him away. If the Texans do talk to Gruden, they'll need to make sure he's really ready to assume coaching and the extremely long days that come with it. He's been out of the league for a while and things change but he would be a guy you'd want to develop a quarterback.

Jay Gruden
Jon's brother is the offensive coordinator for the Bengals. He has never been a head coach in the NFL. He was a successful head coach in the AFL. He's been with the Bengals since 2011.

Hue Jackson
NFL experience, check. Head-coaching experience, check. Jackson was a head coach for one season in 2011. His Raiders went 8-8 and he was fired. He's the running backs coach for the Bengals. It's fairly surprising he doesn't at least have a coordinator job in the NFL right now.

Sean McDermott
McDermott is under 40 and is one of the rising coaches in the NFL. The Panthers have become a very good defensive team under McDermott. The problem? No head-coaching experience. That's gonna hurt him in this search.

Bill O'Brien
What O'Brien has done with a Penn State program everyone thought would just float away has been incredible. He now has head-coaching experience from Penn State and his NFL experience come from New England. He was OC and play-caller for Belichick for several years before taking the PSU job.

Wade Phillips
The Texans interim head coach said earlier this season that he might still want to be a head coach. McNair said Phillips, 66, would be a candidate. The next three games will be an audition of sorts.

Greg Roman
No, Greg Roman hasn't been a head coach but the offensive coordinator from San Francisco is considered one of the better coordinators in the league. Maybe the Texans overlook that requirement to talk to him.

Rex Ryan
Ryan is still the Jets' head coach but that might change this offseason. Friend of CSN Nick Wright has been championing Ryan. He's been a very good defensive coach but might be a little too boisterous for the McNairs.

Mike Shanahan
Shanahan is another name that people have talked about. He's the head coach in Washington but things aren't going so well there. Kubiak is from the Shanahan coaching tree, so the Texans might want to stay away.

David Shaw
Shaw is one of the hotter coaches in football right now. He's the head coach at Stanford but also has NFL coaching experience, which would seem to meet the criteria.

Lovie Smith
Smith's name actually came up in the press conference to announce Kubiak's firing, granted McNair was asked a question about him. Smith was fired by the Bears after last season. He coached there from 2004-12, compiling an 81-63 record.

Ken Whisenhunt
The former Cardinals' head coach is in his first season as offensive coordinator with the Chargers. He's been in the NFL since 1997.