On Jan. 2, 2006, the Houston Texans fired Dom Capers following a dreadful 2005 season that culminated in a last place finish and a 2-14 record.
Less than a month later on Jan. 26, the Texans ushered in a new era with the hiring of Houston native Gary Kubiak. Kubiak was brought in to inject the struggling franchise with some of the winning pedigree he helped build in Denver.
However, he’s gone far beyond just bringing the playbook and a winning attitude, Kubiak also brought in Alex Gibbs, the former Broncos offensive line coach; Kyle Shanahan, the son of Kubiak’s mentor, Mike Shanahan; Rick Smith, the former head of Broncos Player Personnel and current Texans GM; and Frank Bush, a former Broncos assistant.
After bringing so many pieces of the Denver system with him to Houston it’s no surprise why some people have begun to call the Texans "Denver South."
But so long as the team continues to improve every year, you won’t hear anyone in the Bayou City complaining.
Although the playoffs have thus far eluded Kubiak's Texans, their consistent improvement has transformed the team from the NFL’s doormat franchise into an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with.
Regardless of the past, the Texans believe their time is now and that 2009 is a playoff year.
With that fanfare, let me introduce you to a few of the coaches that will play a determining role in whether or not the Texans' playoff dreams come true.