After beginning the season 2-0, the Houston Texans have lost 10 out of their last 13 games and have plummeted from their early lofty position atop the AFC South standings to the cellar of the four-team division.
In a year where the Indianapolis Colts have been surprisingly mediocre only sporting a 9-7 record going into the final week of the regular season, the Texans haven’t been able to assert themselves in the manageable AFC South.
This lack of success on the field has definitely been frustrating for a Houston Texans fan base that is still patiently waiting for the franchise’s first playoff appearance. Houston joined the NFL as an expansion team in 2002 and hasn’t reached the postseason during their first nine years in the league.
The pieces appeared to be in place this season with the pass catching combination of quarterback Matt Schaub and wide receiver Andre Johnson on offense and young playmakers such as defensive end Mario Williams and linebackers Demeco Ryans and Brian Cushing on defense. Despite the hope and optimism, the reality is that the Texans are 5-10 and are mathematically eliminated from the postseason.
Two Texans fans in particular are fed up with the teams losing ways and are ready to show just how ready they are for a change. Scott Carter and Brad White are longtime Houston Texans fans and are planning a rally against Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak before the team’s home finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday.
"Five years has been enough," White said of Kubiak's coaching tenure in Houston, according to the report. "We've regressed this year. Minus a couple players, we believe the players aren't responding to [the coaching staff] anymore."
Kubiak was hired as head coach of the Texans in 2006 and previously served as the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator from 1995 through 2005. During his five seasons with the team, Kubiak has a record of 36-43 with his best season coming last year when Houston went 9-7 and finished second in the division.
The coach was quick to acknowledge that things such as this are part of the business and that it won’t affect his preparation for the Jacksonville game.
"It's part of my job, and I understand that," Kubiak said, according to the report. "I came here to win games and do a job to win games. That's what Bob [McNair] pays me to do. It's not a lack of effort and work, and it won't be this week, neither. So, I'm OK with all that."
Protesting coaches and organizations is nothing new; in fact it’s probably now more prevalent with the growth of social networking sites and the Internet in general. Ron Zook in particular had to deal with tremendous fan scrutiny during the latter stages of his tenure with Florida. One infuriated Gator fan created the website fireronzook.com.
It’s unclear just how effective the demonstrations against Gary Kubiak in Houston will be, but it definitely shows that there is a strong unrest amongst the Texans fan base.
Owner Bob McNair hired Kubiak in 2006 and McNair will ultimately decide whether Gary Kubiak will return for his sixth season with team. Bob McNair gave Kubiak a vote of confidence two weeks ago after a 34-28 overtime defeat to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Texans have dropped two straight games since that vote of confidence and history has shown that an owners “vote of confidence” doesn’t always equal a coach’s job security. McNair holds 95 percent ownership of the Houston Texans and no one would take offense if he ultimately feels that a change is needed.
Brad White said the protest against Gary Kubiak is nothing personal, but that he does feel that the franchise needs to make a change.
"I want to stress that I don't want people to come out to bash Kubiak," White told the Chronicle. "We don't want vulgar signs out there. We're not there to bash him. We're there to say that we want a change."
The amount of people that choose to participate in this rally and ultimately the opinion of owner Bob McNair will determine whether a change is made in Houston.