A football season that began with Super Bowl aspirations has completely unraveled for the Houston Texans (2-3). Head coach Gary Kubiak would be wise to start thinking about employment possibilities for next season.
Playing in front of their home fans in Week 6, the Texans were decimated by a St. Louis Rams (2-3) team that had previously shown very little this season. The Rams cruised to a 38-13 victory.
This entire game speaks to the mess the Texans have quickly become just one season after posting the AFC's best record, but what is most concerning is the fact they allowed 38 points to a pedestrian offense like St. Louis'.
That is a season high for the Rams, who were ranked 26th in the league in total offense and 19th in points heading into this game.
Rams, 31. Texans, 6. 14 points in like 30 seconds. Gary Kubiak and the words "hot seat" just became intrinsically linked— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 13, 2013
This is all bad news for the job security of one of the NFL's longest-tenured coaches.
Kubiak was hired in 2006. Only the Patriots' Bill Belichick, Bengals' Marvin Lewis and Giants' Tom Coughlin were hired before 2006 and still hold the same position, and Sean Payton of the Saints and Mike McCarthy of the Packers were also hired in 2006.
As you'll notice, Kubiak and Lewis are the only coaches on this list who have not won a Super Bowl.
This fact alone means Kubiak needs impressive results to hold onto his job. The Texans are not doing that thus far; in fact, this team is regressing game by game.
"We have a lot of issues as a team, coaching and playing. Today was a great indicator." Kubiak #Texans— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 13, 2013
After starting the season with two victories, the Texans have been blown out in three of their last four contests. They lost 30-9 to the Ravens and 34-3 to the 49ers. In the other loss during that span, the Texans blew a big lead to the Seahawks and fell, 23-20.
These are all bad developments for Kubiak's job security.
Will Kubiak be fired?
Making matters even worse for Kubiak and the Texans is that Houston faces two of the AFC's best teams in its next two games.
Houston will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs before enjoying its bye. The Texans will then host the Colts.
There is nothing to suggest that the Texans can prevail in either of those contests. Two more losses would drop them to 2-6 and effectively mean the Texans would have to run the table to get into the postseason.
I certainly can't see any of that happening, and I doubt that just making the postseason is enough for Kubiak to save his job in the first place. I am confident, however, that if the Texans do miss the postseason, Kubiak will not be coming back.
I'd be surprised if Kubiak did not survive the season, but at this point, I wouldn't rule it out.
Kubiak's Hot Seat Meter: 9.5 out of 10