This is an article I found as a link on Steph's Chron blog. I found it interesting and historically spot on from what I recall about the times then...
What can we learn from Gary Kubiakís career in Houston?
Gary Kubiak doesnít have a personality like a Ryan or a Harbaugh. He hasnít been profiled to death like Andy Reid or Norv Turner. He doesnít have the rings of Mike Tomlin or Bill Belichick. If not for the simple fact that heís been in Houston forever, Iím not sure if most NFL fans could even name the head coach of the Texans. But his coaching career has been a fascinating one that leaves me with more questions than answers.
In January 2011, I wrote that Kubiak and Jack Del Rio were given incredibly long leashes in the AFC South. From 1970 to 2010, only four head coaches had (a) finished with a .500 or worse record in four out of five seasons with the same team, (b) finished with a .500 or worse record in the fifth season, and (c) were retained to coach for a sixth season. The four head coaches ó Marvin Lewis, Dan Reeves, Bart Starr, and John McKay ó all had extenuating circumstances for their failures, which differentiated them from Del Rio and Kubiak, who were about to become the fifth and sixth such coaches.
Things have changed dramatically in 22 months. The Jaguars have changed owners, head coaches, and quarterbacks, and likely will have a new general manager soon, too. Meanwhile, the Texans still have the same four men ó Bob McNair, Rick Smith, Kubiak and Matt Schaub ó in the four most prominent roles in the organization. Houstonís one big move, hiring Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, has worked perfectly. Phillips has turned a dreadful Houston defense into one of the best units in the league.
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