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Default So, we’re back to jumping on Gary Kubiak again? Seriously?

Kubiak deserves a standing ovation

Jerome Solomon



Come on Houston, we’re better than that.

I have been as hard on the guy as anyone in town because he was only good and average (and sometimes below that) in his first five years as a head coach. But to overly criticize him for the work he has done this season is a bit much.

I’m not saying he deserves blind worship. No coach is above being questioned.

I don’t think Kubiak made the right move in not playing Andre Johnson against the Colts. (See Andre’s answer to my question about how rusty he was in his first game back from injury earlier this season and you know it is no small deal that he gets some run before the playoffs begin.)

I will also question him on Sunday if Jake Delhomme doesn’t get a few snaps against the Titans. (Kubiak’s answer to my question about that possibility indicated he doesn’t plan too.)

But if you don’t realize that Kubiak is coaching his you-know-what off this year, you’re not paying attention.

From Day 1, I have said that (as is the case with any competent person) Kubiak is getting better at his job daily. There was no noticeable improvement last year and I don’t think he did a great job. I would have fired him two years ago. But I am impatient like that.

See what the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots are doing this year with horrid defenses and you get my point that the Texans’ high-powered offense last year wasn’t nearly the great offense most made it out to be. Even with a terrible defense, better coaching last year would have delivered something better than a 6-10 record.

But I don’t know if anyone – Lombardi, Landry, Walsh, you name him – could have gotten more than 10-5 out of this Texans team. Yes, the loss to Indy was beyond embarrassing, but I’m not going to lay blame solely at the head coach’s feet.

The Texans have lost two games in a row, but give ‘em a break. Kubiak has led his team to a 3-2 record without his starting quarterback and less than a half with his No. 2 QB.

That deserves praise. Period. And I’m no homer.

The hands-down coach of the year is Jim Harbaugh. I likes me some Harbaugh. I don’t know if I have ever been more impressed in an initial meeting with a coach than I was when I met and talked to him at Stanford last year.

He has done a great job with the 49ers.

But don’t let the possible unanimous vote for that award fool you. Kubiak has done a great (not good) job with the Texans this season. Possibly even a better job than Harbaugh has with the 49ers. Check that. My man Harbaugh has Alex Smith at quarterback. There is no competition.

But give Kubiak some love too.

Pro Football Weekly does an interesting team injury ranking. At No. 8, the Texans are the “highest” ranking playoff team on the injury list.

The 49ers rank 32nd on that list. That isn’t coaching. That’s just luck, which, as I have mentioned before, is a key coaching component.

You don’t think the Texans would be at least 12-3, as is San Francisco, if Matt Schaub, Mario Williams, Andre Johnson, Danieal Manning and Arian Foster had not been injured this season? Please.

Still, despite all the injuries, Kubiak has a division-winning team that is about to win its 11th game and should be favored to win a home playoff game with a fifth-round rookie quarterback running the offense.

Stand your butts up and clap, Houston.


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