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Texans hired Brian Gaine as director of pro personnel.
Gaine served the last two seasons as the assistant GM in Miami and was a finalist in the Dolphins' GM search. Gaine lost out to Dennis Hickey, leaving Miami shortly after. Gaine is replacing Brian Gardner, who was fired after the 2013 season. Mon, Feb 10, 2014 07:33:00 PM

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ESPN reports Bill O'Brien has emerged as the "overwhelming favorite" to become the next coach of the Texans.

O'Brien met with the Texans this week and now appears to be the leading candidate for the head coaching job. It's a change in direction from owner Bob McNair after he said NFL head-coaching experience was near the top of his list of criteria, but O'Brien was a New England assistant from 2007-2012 and interviewed with the Eagles and Browns last offseason. A deal between the two sides is expected to be in place within the next week. Houston is also believed to have a short list of candidates in case talks break down.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 05:00:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is "high" on the Texans' wish list, and that the sides are planning to meet in the near future.

ESPN's Adam Caplan confirms that Houston has been "doing work on" O'Brien this week. It's a bit of a surprise, as NFL head-coaching experience is believed to be near the top of owner Bob McNair's list of criteria, but O'Brien has proven his bonafides as an NFL coordinator and college head coach. At the very least, O'Brien is going to get another fat raise out of his latest dalliance with bolting State College.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 06:22:00 PM

The Texans can clinch the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft with a loss to the Titans in Week 17.

Angling for a franchise quarterback such as Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, the 2-13 Texans are a game up on the 3-12 Redskins for the worst record in the league. If they finish tied, the Skins will likely seize the No. 1 overall pick on the back of the strength of schedule tiebreaker. Of course, that pick belongs to the Rams as a result of the Robert Griffin III trade.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 08:27:00 AM

Texans signed coach Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith to contract extensions.

Their old contracts expired after the 2012 season. During his six years as head coach, Kubiak has gone 47-49 and guided the Texans to their first ever playoff berth last season despite a crippling injury to Matt Schaub. Smith's resume includes trading for Schaub, snatching up an undrafted Arian Foster and signing shadow corner Johnathan Joseph. Kubiak is now under contract through 2014 and Smith is locked up through 2016.
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 11:45:00 AM

Texans hired Karl Dorrell as quarterbacks coach.

Best known for his rocky tenure as the head coach of UCLA, Dorrell worked alongside Gary Kubiak as the Broncos' WRs coach from 2000-02. He spent the past four seasons as a Dolphins' assistant, coaching WRs from 2008-10 and QBs in 2011. He'll be tasked with furthering backup QB T.J. Yates' development as Matt Schaub comes back from a serious foot injury.
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 12:44:00 PM

Texans owner Bob McNair is expected to reward coach Gary Kubiak and GM Rick Smith with contract extensions this offseason.

It's well deserved. Smith has built a young powerhouse roster, and Kubiak has the franchise poised to dominate the AFC South for the next couple of seasons. "We'll be back next season, and we'll be even better," McNair said. "We made so much progress. This was an unbelievable season." A Kubiak extension would provide long-term stability for Arian Foster's Dynasty value.
Wed, Jan 18, 2012 10:35:00 AM

Texans owner Bob McNair confirmed Monday that Gary Kubiak will return as the team's head coach in 2011.

Kubiak is 37-43 without a playoff berth in five years on the job. McNair's hope is that overhauling the defensive staff will fix the issues in Houston. "It's got to be quick," said Kubiak about the process of replacing fired defensive coordinator Frank Bush. "We've got to start tonight." Ex-Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips is fully expected to run Houston's 2011 defense.
Mon, Jan 3, 2011 04:52:00 PM

Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will return for the 2011 season.

This despite the fact that the team has lost eight of its last nine games. Kubiak will almost certainly be asked to overhaul his entire defensive staff, as the team ranks 29th in total defense and 30th in points allowed. Defensive coordinator Frank Bush is as good as gone.
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 08:45:00 AM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is "hearing" that the Texans will keep head coach Gary Kubiak in 2011, but demand he fire defensive coordinator Frank Bush and secondary coach David Gibbs.

The Texans' 5-10 record aside, the idea makes sense considering Kubiak is an offensive mind. Houston ranks 29th in total defense as well as 30th in points allowed. They're dead last against the pass, as receivers and tight ends have been running wide open in the Houston secondary all year. The Texans are fifth in total offense, sixth in passing, and 10th in rushing.
Wed, Dec 29, 2010 03:02:00 PM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle now predicts that Gary Kubiak will be back as Texans head coach in 2011.

McClain, as clued in to his team as beat writers get, expected the firing immediately after Houston's Week 16 loss to Denver. McClain now believes owner Bob McNair will confirm Kubiak's return next Monday, potentially after a Week 17 win over David Garrard-less Jacksonville. McClain notes that McNair "loves Kubiak," and "believes he will win." If Kubiak returns, it would take another potential Broncos coaching candidate off the table. Kubiak would almost certainly have to overhaul his entire defensive staff.
Wed, Dec 29, 2010 01:03:00 PM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle predicts that the Texans' entire coaching staff will be fired at season's end.

McClain believes that the Texans' collapse to a Tim Tebow-led team after a 17-0 first-half lead will prove the straw that breaks Gary Kubiak's back. Kubiak is 36-43 without a playoff appearance in five seasons with Houston. He's obviously turned around the offense since the days of David Carr and Wali Lundy, but the Texans' penchant for late-game implosions and Kubiak's allegiance to defensive coordinator Frank Bush may seal his fate.
Sun, Dec 26, 2010 11:32:00 PM

Owner Bob McNair was assured after hearing from other owners around the league that the Texans are "on the right track."

"The level of respect they have for our team and how close they think we are to having not just a good team but an outstanding team — it was nice to hear your peer group say that," said McMair. Those aren't the words of an owner planning to make a head coaching change in the offseason. Defensive coordinator Frank Bush is on the hot seat, but Gary Kubiak's job looks safe for 2011.
Fri, Dec 17, 2010 10:12:00 AM

The Texans have signed coach Gary Kubiak to a new three-year contract that runs through 2012.

Kubiak actually turned down a fourth year because he wanted to be "on the same path" as his assistants, whose contracts expire in 2012. Though he's yet to turn the Texans into a serious contender, Kubiak (31-33 in four years) has them headed in the right direction for the first time in franchise history. He's rewarded for being in Wild Card contention until the final day of the season, and the team is poised to finally break through in 2010.
Tue, Feb 2, 2010 04:51:00 PM

Texans owner Bob McNair said late Monday that the team is in serious talks about a contract extension for Gary Kubiak.

"Now we're in the process of working on Gary's extension, and I think probably by next week, we'll have his finalized," McNair said. "His will run at least one year longer than (2012), maybe more." Kubiak is entering his fifth year as Texans head coach and the last year on his old contract. "I think continuity's extremely important in building a strong team," McNair said.
Mon, Feb 1, 2010 09:35:00 PM

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