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Old 12-30-2008   #1
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The Texans have fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith, defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin. Smith, who was under fire from fans and media this season, was the coordinator during Gary Kubiak's first three seasons.
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Nothing new here...lol

It was past time for a change.
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Default Re: Richard smith - fired!!!

Jay Glazer calls it.

It feels much better to be rid of that guy.
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so....it looks like we will promote in house since Bush and a few other coaches are still around. Most coordinators want to bring in their own staff.
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so....it looks like we will promote in house since Bush and a few other coaches are still around. Most coordinators want to bring in their own staff.
I figured Bush would still be around, seemed like that was Kubes original intention as a DC/support staff since day 1.

If my mind serves me correctly, Arizona blocked us from talking with him.
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I figured Bush would still be around, seemed like that was Kubes original intention as a DC/support staff since day 1.

If my mind serves me correctly, Arizona blocked us from talking with him.
you are correct. I hope we have fewer chiefs and more indians with our next staff. Kubiak did state that Rhodes will be retained for a second season though...perhaps he is Hokes replacement.
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Kubiak did state that Rhodes will be retained for a second season though...perhaps he is Hokes replacement.
That was my first thought when I heard that Hoke was gone as well. I'm interested to see who they bring in to replace Franklin though.
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you are correct. I hope we have fewer chiefs and more indians with our next staff. Kubiak did state that Rhodes will be retained for a second season though...perhaps he is Hokes replacement.
As long as we do not become primarily a zone team, I'd be ok with it. I can't stand zone coverage. I do understand it is neccessary at times, but I just can't bare seeing it 100% of the time.
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so....it looks like we will promote in house since Bush and a few other coaches are still around. Most coordinators want to bring in their own staff.
We should know at 1:30. If they are promoting in house, you'd think they'd announce it then. Though, I suppose Bush could be the fall back plan if the other candidates are too expensive/don't want to be here.

Good observation though.
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We should know at 1:30. If they are promoting in house, you'd think they'd announce it then. Though, I suppose Bush could be the fall back plan if the other candidates are too expensive/don't want to be here.

Good observation though.
We should at least be interviewing from the outside first. At least I hope so.
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so....it looks like we will promote in house since Bush and a few other coaches are still around. Most coordinators want to bring in their own staff.
I agree with you, but I am hopeful that it only indicates that they are keeping Bush on board so he can be one candidate in the hiring process.
It would make sense to keep him on board and tell him he will have a fair shot along with whatever external candidates they interview. Maybe he's indicated which of the existing coaches he would retain if he won the job, so they kept them around for now.


grrr. Even as I type this, it reeks of wishful thinking.
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I wonder what the reasons were for firing Hoke and Franklin?
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Thank God Hoke is on that list.
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Default Re: Richard smith - fired!!!

Ok, I can remove my Fire'em All Avatar, as it was based on what Kubes would do with the DC.
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I wonder what the reasons were for firing Hoke and Franklin?
I'll give you two...the line has been awful and the secondary has been awful.
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