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Mr. Bob McNair;

Enclosed, you will find my Texans gear.

I have posted your statements, below, and would like to comment on your remarks:

"I was just sort of overwhelmed by the comments that our competitors had to say about our team, because it had never happened before like this," McNair said. "They were all, frankly, pulling for us after the way we came back... They just said it was just one of the most impressive comebacks they had ever seen. What was interesting was they didn't talk about the overtime. They didn't talk about the interception. All they could talk about was the comeback. They could just not believe it.

MY REMARKS: It wasn’t a comeback. It was a loss. A comeback is something like the Bills coming back from 35-3 to then actually beat the Oilers in the playoffs. When Matt Schaub runs the 2-minute offense, Gary Kubiak has said that the control is in Schaub’s hands. Look at what happened: We attempted a comeback, and almost sealed it completely. In Overtime, who picks up the reins of the offense and tells Schaub what plays to run? That’s right: Kubiak and/or Dennison. And what happened? Pick 6 for a TD. Backed up against our own goal line, we do not RUN the ball. Nope. Can’t do that, not with the leagues best running back and dare I say one of the best run blocking schemes of the whole league. Instead, we even empty the backfield on one play and this tells the Ravens exactly what to expect: A PASS. This is absolutely putrid, in my opinion. What other coach would do this, in the NFL, after having been a head coach for 5 years and having been an offensive coordinator prior to that? Having also been an NFL QB prior to THAT. Our QB, Matt Schaub, is better at running this team on game day than his highly-esteemed coach.

"The level of respect that they have for our team and how close they think we are to really being not just a good team but an outstanding team, it was nice to hear your peer group say that about you. So I just wanted the team to know how close not only we think they are, but how close our competitors think they are, to being an outstanding team.”

MY REMARKS: People just love that we put ourselves in a deep hole (like we do almost EVERY game, by the way) and they thought it was so gosh-darn awesome that we made a “comeback.” I guess this world has become so namby-pamby that a failed comeback (after having spotted the Ravens an entire two quarters of football to start the game off) is regarded so highly now. I was under the impression that the measuring stick was (a) wins, and (b) enough wins to actually, you know, WIN the game and go to the playoffs. Your comments enrage me to no end. You are the team’s owner, and your public statements have been nothing but limp noodles and lollipops. How does that translate to the product we see on the field? Well, they TOO are a bunch of limp noodles and lollipops. It trickles down, I suppose.

McNair was asked if all the positive remarks from other owners would have an effect on Texans coach Gary Kubiak's future with the team.

MY REMARKS: Of course it won’t impact anything. You’ve already decided, as represented by your publicly made comments outlined here, that you think “we’re on the right track.” Unless this is all some sort of code language you’re using. At this point, who the Hell knows if what you say IS or IS NOT the truth anymore? You had said, prior to this season, that “Playoffs will be the expectation,” but maybe you have a different meaning for the word playoffs than I do. I had assumed that after four steady years of “being on the right track” that we’d actually have some accountability going into year 5. Guess not. I suppose “the right track” is a matter of semantics. I guess it’s all subjective.

"I think what it does, it's sort of an affirmation that we're on the right track," McNair said. "Clearly, we have to do better, because what we've done wasn't good enough. But (it affirms) that we're on the right track, and I've felt that way all along.

"We'll review everything at the end of the year, and will we make some changes? I'm sure we will make some -- we'll see some things that need to be improved. But we're very, very close to having the kind of team I think that we can all be proud of, and we just have to keep working hard and push it over the top. I think we're close."

MY REMARKS: Your changes are at a glacial pace. While I appreciate the theory of glacial change, as it pertains to some organizational cultures, I think you’re failing to understand that the NFL is a sports league which has the fewest games in a season: 16 games. Frankly, there has been enough change, spread out over a period of over 5 years, to have a large enough sampling size to understand if what you have is really working or if it is failing to produce the desired results. This is, of course, if we are indeed talking the same language and not some “code language” that we have had to decipher while reading your comments in various sports news stories about “our team.” But I digress…we’re not close, Mr. McNair. We’re not hand-grenade close, and we’re not horseshoe close either. And last time I check, being close only counts in those two games. It doesn’t count in the NFL.

I congratulate you on running a very professional and respectable franchise, but I cannot applaud you for the actual reason all of us are football fans in the first place: To (a) win games, and to (b) win enough games to get into the playoffs and enter The Great Race for a championship. We will not see the playoffs this year, nor will we see them next year if Gary Kubiak is the head coach for this team. The man [Kubiak] can’t even watch critical, crucial plays as they transpire on the field for crying out loud! While this does not mean he’s a bad coach, it is at least a visual commentary on how the man operates and what message he sends to his team: “We’re probably going to lose, so I can’t stand to watch.” I sit and watch other head coaches in the league on Sundays, and I see them STARING headlong into the action during a game-deciding play. They aren’t looking away. They’re EMBRACING the moment. They fully expect their “kids” to push through and deliver in the game-deciding moment. Our guy? Nope. Psychology is such a huge part of this game, and it’s why men like Lombardi succeeded. I don’t want to see what “changes” are coming ‘round the bend after this season. I doubt those changes will be anything more than minor, non-eventful changes having no substantial impact on the state of this team. This team has hit a definite wall. Not a figurative wall. A literal wall.


The Texans have set an NFL record this season by becoming the first team in league history to come back from a deficit of at least 14 points to take the lead or tie, only to end up losing, in four games.

MY REMARKS: Do you know how sad this statistic is? It’s not something to be proud of, Mr. McNair. It is nothing to embrace for the future. It means we start slow, then have to run like Hell juuuust to get a shot at winning. Opposing teams only have to buckle in and hold on until the last few minutes of the game…because our team will find a way to crater and give the game away. Honestly, we didn’t even deserve to have “come back” in those games. When sad patterns are the norm, there is a monumental problem staring you right in the face. Sometimes, the common denominator of all our problems is ourselves. There is a flawed mentality engrained within this team, and it has become a tradition that fleshes itself out on the field. I look at that stat, Mr. McNair, and it doesn’t encourage me that we are “on the right track.” To the contrary, it tells me many things that do not include the word “right.” If this is your way of finding solace in misery, then please keep your remarks to yourself. The fans of this team were patient and trusting during the Capers era. We then began to see small victories in the early years of the Kubiak era. Now? The improvements have ceased. There’s regression in many areas, and it’s too many to list at this time. You are at the “stagnation” level in the Product Life Cycle. Next comes either “Re-invention” or “Decline and Death.” I surely think you to be a better businessman than what I read in the funny papers. Surely you would choose “Re-invention” and would therefore desire to begin the Product Life Cycle anew again?

Each of those four losses has come during a 1-6 skid that has dropped the Texans' record from 4-2 to 5-8, which has all but ended their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in team history.

MY REMARKS: This has become the life of a dedicated Texans fan: Wondering at which point in the season do we hit that magical skid that ends our hopes of playoffs? I don’t think I need to elaborate here.

"It's a killer," McNair said. "I hurt more than anybody. To see that we're so close to being where we want to be and then to be denied is just very disheartening. But you know, it's like life. I mean, does everything work out in your life? I doubt it. You don't quit, do you? No, you just suck it up and go on. And that's what you have to do. That's one reason this game is such a great reflection of life. It's what we face every day. And our fans, I feel their frustration and what have you. I get letters. I write them all back and tell them, 'Hey, I'm just as frustrated as you are.' But nobody wants to win more than I do, or Gary. I'll tell you that."

MY REMARKS: I wonder if you will really read my letter. You say you write them back. If you write me back, please do not re-issue the same standard, status-quo Public Relations hoopla that you use with everyone else. I know my letter is harshly worded. It drips with sarcasm. It isn’t a very nice letter. But it’s brutally honest about what I feel. And I am not alone. There are others like me. We’re depressed. We’re discouraged. The one hope we have is that the owner [You] will awaken and realize that it’s not a bad thing to start a new day at Reliant. I understand the looming lockout in 2011. I understand you have Kubiak under contract through 2011. It just feels like you’re already conceding 2011 and that nothing can happen until 2012.

Put yourself in this fan’s shoes for a second. How do I stick with you for that long? I have this patience for my spouse, naturally, because my marriage is a covenant representative of the covenant shared between Jesus and anyone who has accepted Him as being Who He claims to be. But to extend this same sort of arrangement (the emotional aspects, obviously!) to you, for another year, to just sit and watch and wonder how things will evolve? No thanks. I can’t do it. I’ve seen this movie before. I’ve seen it 80 times over the course of the past 5 years. And I won’t watch it one more time.

When you decide to put out a new offering, only then am I watching the Texans. I am canceling my subscription to NFL SundayTicket. I almost made it to 10 straight years of paying hundred of dollars every year, since my local market doesn’t want to carry this team who is “on the right track,” according to some. Did you know that in Amarillo, TX, the local CBS station won’t even carry Texans games and hasn’t for its entire existence? Oh sure, they carry the first game or two of the season, but after that the national director forces them to exhibit the best matchup of the week. The FOX affiliate carries every single Dallas Cowboys game all season long, even if they are worse than the Texans. But the Amarillo, TX local CBS affiliate? Nope. We’re nothing. We’re a joke. We’re the sad sack in the room who needs others to come give us a hug, such as the Ravens linebacker Suggs did to Matt Schaub Monday night. Such as these other men did to you at the owners meetings. “Hey, pal. Come here. Need a hug?”

Seriously, I think you are either talking “in code language” or you are serious about how good you feel about this team right now. Either way, the tone and the ideology you are displaying is disturbing to the average football fan. Again, I love your honorable character. I love that this team is respectable. Those players deserve more than to be consoled after losses, Mr. McNair. They need more than that. They deserve more than that. Pep talks and hugs will not cut it, though.


One of McNair's primary messages to the players on Thursday was the same thing that Kubiak and his staff have been reinforcing: To step up and make plays in crunch time. Kubiak said that McNair told him before practice that he would like to address the team.

"I think it's good," Kubiak said. "Our guys know how much he cares about them. He's out here at practice all the time. He's in the locker room. He's very active from that standpoint with this football team and he doesn't say a whole lot, and when he does speak, people pay attention."

MY REMARKS: I was a kid when the Oilers left Houston. I did not live in Houston. Never have. Have always lived up here in the Texas panhandle. My father was, and still is, a Cowboys fan. As a kid, I wanted to go my own way and be a fan of a different team. Well, back then it was CBS who was showing the NFC games every week. Therefore, my dad was watching Cowboys games on the living room television. I had a little black and white TV, not much bigger than 15 inches I think. So I sat back in my room, on Sundays, and flipped the channel until I got to the NBC station. Lubbock, TX NBC affiliate would show every single Houston Oilers game, no matter how good or bad they were every season. It was there, as a kid, watching a little 15-inch black & white TV back in my own bedroom, that I feel in love with the Oilers. I could watch “my team” play. And I could root for them. I could celebrate with them. I could hang my head and be disappointed with them.

After the crushing loss to the Bills in the playoffs, I asked my parents if they could keep me home from school the next day. I was THAT depressed. My friends at school laughed at me for weeks, but it didn’t hurt me. Never made a dent. I never stopped following the Oilers. As you said, it was representative of “life,” and we just pick ourselves up off the ground and move forward from there.


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When the Oilers left Houston, I stopped watching NFL football altogether. There was no point. And then you brought a team back to Houston to finish some business for us Oilers fans. I’ve seen some improvement in this team, it’s indisputable I admit. But this is “life,” as you say. And in life, we grow up. We stop being the little kid who cries when his team blows a 35-3 lead in the playoffs (with having been the best team in the NFL that year). We grow up, and we learnt hat some things in life are not worthy of our time, energy, and money. I will now be spending my money on other forms of entertainment. My disposable income is not small. It’s not large. It’s in-between. But it’s mine. And I have given it to the Texans for almost a decade. Until today. Now, I will be canceling my subscription to NFL SundayTicket when it comes up for renewal in the spring.

I give you my Texans gear (donate it to needy children) as a symbolic token of how I feel about your inability to hold people truly 100% accountable to the standards you said you laid before them prior to the season. I can no longer trust what you say. I can only trust what I see from you. And because I continue to see the same futile efforts by the same team, every weekend, I have come to learn that I need to excuse myself from the party until the scenery has changed and I can sense that the Texans franchise seriously wants to settle some old scores that began the day when the Oilers left Houston. Thank you for bringing professional football back to Houston, Mr. McNair, but I cannot thank you for the events that have transpired this season (and which you say will surely continue into the next season, by virtue of the rule of “insanity” which is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results each time).

Thank you, also, if you indeed did read this letter and can see that this fan is serious about these Texans. I will someday be able to watch and follow the Texans when the third head coach in Texans franchise history makes his debut.
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Good read. What all gear did you send him?
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The only thing I differ with is watching the games. As bad as they have been throughout their existence, I just cant bring myself to not watch the games. Even if I had to pay for Sunday Ticket, I would still shell out the dollars.

I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment , lol.

Other than that, good stuff bud.
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What are the chances he actually reads that, or someone close to him does? Good letter.
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Where do we send him a letter? Let's all bombard him with letters. I don't think he realizes how disappointed the Texans fanbase is right now. The Texans entertain, yes. But they're disappointing. It seems like McNair is only in it for entertainment and not the Lombardi Trophy.

We won't settle for mediocrity, McNair. If being on the right track means mediocrity, then, yes, I guess we are on the right track.
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*clack clack* *form letter addressed to Texans fan* *clack clack*

I'm taking 4-1 odds that you get an autographed picture of the McNair family christmas.
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I wish this would start a massive letter writing campaign where angry fans would send letters like this along with Texans gear and tickets or PSL's.
However, I'm still not sure it would make any difference, because Mcnair is like the sunshine club...He still sees nothing wrong with Kubiak as a coach in year five of this thing. I have often said," If you want to know how McNair feels about Kubiak; what he is thinking, just read what the Kubiak sunshiners are writing and you will see how McNair is interpreting the situation." It is difficult to believe that anyone is so blind that they can not see this for what it is, but people still don't get it.
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point ON GP........hope that he actually gets a wiff of it.....becuz this si getting very frustrating


my thing about mcnair that bothered me the most in his press conference...were the words......"we are so close".....close to what exactly???????


we are 5-8....what are we close to????....top ten pick in the draft?.......im lost

your team finished 9-7 last year and wont this year......meaning we digressed big time....i wouldnt call that we are close....I would say we got worse
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Instead of a letter, I'm thinking of sending an email to his executive assistant. Even if she doesn't foward it to him, she will read it, and will give him an idea of the fans thinking.
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Instead of a letter, I'm thinking of sending an email to his executive assistant. Even if she doesn't foward it to him, she will read it, and will give him an idea of the fans thinking.
Good thinkin'

We all know how addicted women are to emails. It will DEFINITELY
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Where do we send him a letter? Let's all bombard him with letters. I don't think he realizes how disappointed the Texans fanbase is right now. The Texans entertain, yes. But they're disappointing. It seems like McNair is only in it for entertainment and not the Lombardi Trophy.

We won't settle for mediocrity, McNair. If being on the right track means mediocrity, then, yes, I guess we are on the right track.
That would be great.

You might get one of these back though:



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Great read, GP
McNair should thank his lucky stars that he has fans like you. Too bad he is going to lose you as a fan.

This organization is no better than the Royals, Clippers or Lions. Just another losingfranchise whose only concern is perpetuating a culture of malaise andof course chasing the almighty dollar

Me and my bro are picketing the JVille game. We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn hotel bar next to Reliant around 10. Were thinkingofpicketing one of the Kirby street corners or maybe one ofthe street medians on Kirbyright bythe West entrance

Any ideas for pickets?
All I got so far is
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It's on you, Kubiak
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Fire Bob McNair
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Excellent letter. I really hope he reads it, as it is truly a measure of how many fans feel. You executed it perfectly, you were polite, but definitely got your point across. I hope he reads it, and does something about it.
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GREAT work GP.

I put this in the other thread but will repost here what I wrote there.

I'm going to totally embarrass myself...nothing new...because this letter is so over the top and full of venom but I wrote it up and sent it. Alot of it was how I felt and what I was seeing here. Many may be like "why would a Cowboy fan who is barely here care so much?" Because it is frustrating to live somewhere and want to support local teams also and feel complete apathy because of how they are run...anyways...this will get nothing accomplished really but I like the exercise of writing it out.

Dear Mr. McNair,

I don't think I've ever been so frustrated. I just read the quotes from your talk to the team and I'm floored that you are still acting like the team is so close to being a great team. One part stood out to me. You said:

"I was just sort of overwhelmed by the comments that our competitors had to
say about our team, because it had never happened before like this," McNair
said. "They were all, frankly, pulling for us after the way we came back... They
just said it was just one of the most impressive comebacks they had ever seen.
What was interesting was they didn't talk about the overtime. They didn't talk
about the interception. All they could talk about was the comeback. They could
just not believe it."

That quote right there is a losers mentality. It's embarrassing. You guys run a franchise with a losers mentality. You might as well be the Houston Lions. Who cares how great a comeback that was or how impressive it was when the reality is you had to comeback because the team came out, AGAIN, unprepared. The reality is that no one counts comebacks that result in losses. The coach didn't have them ready to play. Being down by double digits has happened in 9 of the 13 games. That is coaching.

What I don't get is that you are this Billionaire businessman yet you won't learn from simple lessons. David Carr was a mess. All of the fans knew it, the media knew it and some players knew it. You gave him an extension and he was gone in a year. Now you are doing the same thing with Kubiak, despite proving every year that he is incapable of being a top head coach. For the last 3 years he has blown timeouts, blown challenges that wasted timeouts and had the team ill-prepared for stretches at a time. Every coach tenured from the year Kubiak was hired has made the playoffs. Multiple coaches that were hired in years after his hiring have made the playoffs. It is a joke.

What is blinding you?Is it the nice guy thing that had you with Carr? Seriously, he hired the defensive coordinator that is horrible. He brought in the players that aren't getting it done. The other owners are telling you great job because they are laughing and know that you will be no better than 8-8 again next year with Kubiak around. It is one less playoff spot they have to worry about. What else are they going to tell you? The guy makes the same mistakes over and over and year after year and you just sit there and blame it on other things. He is the one constant that isn't getting it done and never will get it done.

Do me a favor Mr. McNair. Go to the Texans message board, Texans Talk. Read the threads. Read the fans. People are over it. They are over you allowing this. They don't want this anymore. They think you don't care and just are happy to make money off them. Set aside a few hours and read. You are losing your fans in a massive way by keeping Kubiak. (Now as an aside I don't know who is truly over it, etc but I was on a roll and peeved. I'm also sure he doesn't have 3 hours of his day to surf this site...but it was for effect )

Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This team has pulled this act for 4 years straight now. The same modus operandi. The same way to lose games. The same unpreparedness. Yet because of some failed comebacks and because of a few late wins against teams that have laid down you allow the insanity to continue.

Please stop the joke. You are 3 games from losing A LOT of fans next year unless Gary is gone. Go get a winner.

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I wish this would start a massive letter writing campaign where angry fans would send letters like this along with Texans gear and tickets or PSL's.

Yeah! More anger!!! We need that Happy Christmas everyone!!!!
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Great letter GP, way to go!
Sadly however, McNair ain't gonna change a thing until the seats are empty at Reliant. Until he actually feels our frustration in his wallet, he will continue on as he has. NOBODY wants our team to do better than I do, but dang it is hard to keep eating crow every week. I'm starting to feel like a jackass with a carrot tied on a stick, just out of reach, but I continue to try to get that bit of happiness.
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This reminds me of a story about A&M from way back. During the 60's, when the school first let women and minorities in, many of the former students were very upset about it. President Earl Rudder's office received several torn up degrees and A&M class rings in the mail as a protest to the idea of letting women and/or minorities in. Pretty crazy, but I think it really makes a statement. Send in your jersey, hat, PSL renewal letter, etc. I think the point will get across.
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I hope "Gear" didn't include any Texans boxers or the like. I dont know how well anyone would respond to receiving dirty laundry in the mail.
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This reminds me of a story about A&M from way back. During the 60's, when the school first let women and minorities in, many of the former students were very upset about it. President Earl Rudder's office received several torn up degrees and A&M class rings in the mail as a protest to the idea of letting women and/or minorities in. Pretty crazy, but I think it really makes a statement. Send in your jersey, hat, PSL renewal letter, etc. I think the point will get across.
Yeah, but your analogy is a bit off. Those people were on the wrong side of history, and, clearly, A&M eventually let women and minorities in. It's not like the president changed his mind.

I do see your overall point, however. Letter-writing can work.
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