As we continue to assess the fallout produced by the firing of Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, we now can begin to consider just who will take over as the Texans’ vacant head coaching position. Owner Bob McNair indicated the Texans would seek a coach with NFL experience, which narrows the field to a select few. So, who’s on the in, and who’s on the out?
The first name to come to mind is Wade Phillips, not because he’s the best candidate, but because Phillips is taking over as the Texans’ interim head coach, meaning he’ll have three games to impress McNair and general manager Rick Smith. Phillips has an outside shot at the job, but it’s likely the Texans will go in a different direction. If someone else is hired, the new regime will have to decide whether to hang on to Phillips as the defensive coordinator or to cut him loose.
The favorite to claim the Texans’ top job appears to be former Bears head coach Lovie Smith. Smith has a career head coaching record of 83-61 in the NFL, and he was able to turn the Bears into a contending franchise after years of mediocrity. Still, the Bears were never able to win the big game, and that ultimately cost him his job.no comments