Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak
Gary Kubiak has definitely given the Houston Texans a boost since he was hired as the head coach in 2006.
Unfortunately, his boost only goes so far.
About eight-to-nine wins in a season seems to be about as much as Kubiak can get and Houston fans need more than that to be satisfied.
The Houston Texans are 5-7 with four games left, which would give them a 9-7 record at best, not good enough for a playoff spot in the AFC.
What does that mean for this team?
It means as much as Gary Kubiak has done for this team, it hasn't been enough.
Don't get me wrong here—I think Kubiak is a great coach. But it comes down to one thing.
Players win, coaches lose.
Kubiak has gone out and gotten the talent on offense, including trading for Matt Schaub and bringing Arian Foster in as an undrafted free agent.
On defense he drafted the defensive rookie of the year last season in Brian Cushing and has turned DeMeco Ryans into one of the top linebackers in the league.
The talent is there, but things still aren't clicking, and the Texans aren't winning the way they should.
Does that put Kubiak on the hot seat?
I think so.
Gary Kubiak is likely to at least finish the season, but don't be surprised when Texans owner Bob McNair pulls the plug on Kubiak's run with this team.
But if Kubiak leaves, who is the best fit to replace him?
Everyone knows the top coaches available are Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher.
But would either be willing to take the job in Houston?
Possibly, and surely if either coach does become Houston's head coach, the Texans will improve drastically.
However, with Gruden likely to continue to cover Monday Night Football, that leaves Cowher, who would be more likely to go to the other football team in Texas, the Dallas Cowboys, than the Houston Texans.
Let's just say Gruden and Cowher are ruled out.
Who else does that leave?
Brad Childress and Wade Phillips are available, and coaches like Jeff Fisher are being looked at by many teams in need of a coach.
But I don't see any of those guys as a fit for the Houston Texans.
So if it's none of these guys, who would be the best fit for the coaching job if Kubiak gets canned?
How about that Josh McDaniels guy?
Let's look at this.
McDaniels likes to throw the ball on offense.
With Matt Schaub at quarterback and an impressive receiving corps that includes one of the best receivers in the NFL, McDaniels can make this work.
McDaniels hasn't really had a running back that can help balance the passing game in Denver, but if he had one, his offensive scheme could be powerful.
With the leading rusher in the NFL, McDaniels could turn Houston's offense into one of the most explosive teams in the league.
But what about defense?
With a healthy-and-talented defense last season, McDaniels' Broncos allowed 315 yards per game, had 39 sacks, 17 interceptions and 20 forced fumbles and allowed just over 20 points a game—all of which ranked 13th or better last season.
He knows how to put the defense together and with talent like Mario Williams and Brian Cushing already there, he will be able to take this defense, which is in desperate need of some guidance, and make it much better.
Not to mention McDaniels brings a certain leadership and understanding of the players that not many other coaches can provide.
No disrespect to Gary Kubiak, but it's time this franchise moves on.
What do they move on to?
My vote is Josh McDaniels and an AFC South title next season.