The game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars last night on Thursday Night Football was putrid. Credit the Jaguars for being the best of the worst on Thursday night. For the Texans, their loss to the Jaguars marked the team’s 1oth straight loss. That loss also marked the end of Gary Kubiak‘s coaching tenure with the Texans.
On Friday, the Texans announced the firing of Kubiak as the team’s head coach. In his eight years as the head coach of the Texans, Kubiak coached the team to a record of 61-64. Kubiak and the Texans appeared to be on the right track after the team won 10 games in 2011 and 12 games in 2012, but injuries and poor play has resulted in the Texans only winning 2 games so far this season.
If Thursday night was any indicator, the Texans were a team that came undone at the seams. Kubiak presumably lost control of the team as the Texans appeared to be a team that lacked discipline.
Believe it or not, a strong candidate has already emerged for the Texans head coaching vacancy. That candidate is none other than former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. Smith, a Texas native, has sat the 2013 NFL season out since being fired by the Bears last January.
Smith has been connected to open positions across the professional and college levels. The University of Southern California appeared to have preliminary interest in Smith after the university fired Lane Kiffin as their football coach in September. Smith, however, has opted to remain at home this season and prepare for his next opportunity–an opportunity that the former head coach wants to be in the NFL.
Hello Texans. Smith certainly gained his critics towards the end of his tenure with the Bears, but the former head coach should be credited for always implementing a sense of discipline. Granted Smith may have had the Bears unprepared at certain points during his tenure, the team never lacked discipline. Smith would also be the right answer for a Texans defense that has struggled this season.
In his 9 seasons as the head coach of the Bears, Smith possesses a record of 81-63.