That wasn't enough to save his job, not with the Texans mired in an 11-game skid that has dropped them back to the bottom of the league.
Houston fired Kubiak on Friday, one day after the Texans lost 27-20 at Jacksonville and continued their stunning fall for a team that expected to make a
The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and led the team to
The Texans said they couldn't wait any longer to start turning things around, not with the losses and undisciplined play piling up.
"What's taken place with this organization is unacceptable," General Manager Rick Smith said. "We've got three weeks of an evaluation process left and we've got to right the ship."
Kubiak thanked the team for giving him his first head coaching job in the NFL.
"Though we came up short this season, the work, effort and sacrifice they gave me and this organization over the last eight seasons is not to be taken for granted," he said in a statement provided by the Texans. "We had a great run here and we will never forget our back-to-back AFC South championships. Coming back home was a dream come true for all of us. This will always be our home."
Kubiak's overall record is 61-64, with a 2-2 mark in the playoffs. Owner Bob McNair said the decision to let him go was a hard one.
The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of what has been a miserable season. McNair said NFL and head coaching experience were important factors in filling the job, and that the 66-year-old Phillips will be considered.
Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke Nov. 3 in a frightening scene, collapsing at halftime during a game against the
Kubiak returned to coach, but the Texans have been unable to rebound from injuries to top players including quarterback
McNair pointed to messy play and the handling of second-year quarterback
Fox will coach from sideline
John Fox will coach the
Fox said he wrestled with the pros and cons of both scenarios.
The booth allows a better view of the game and he would have had direct communication with all his coordinators. Being down on the field allows him to get a better feel for the mood of his team and he can look his players in the eye.
Cleveland quarterback Jason Campbell, who sat out last week's game because a
His return is a relief to the Browns, who are also without part-time starter
Rodgers won't play
The Packers spent the week preparing
Vikings running back
Indications are that
Dunlap's potential return means the Chargers could have their opening day lineup on the offensive line intact for the first time since Sept. 22.
Browner has been out since Week 10 with a groin injury suffered against Atlanta, and Harvin continues to deal with soreness in his comeback from hip surgery.