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Gary Kubiak's Job Safe As Long As Defensive Staff Is Fired

Kubiak could be back for one more run in 2011.
Kubiak could be back for one more run in 2011.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IDecember 29, 2010

According to John McCain of The Houston Chronicle, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak will be brought back for the 2011 NFL season, provided he fires his entire defensive coaching staff.

While nothing is official, the news makes sense, as Kubiak controls everything with the Houston offense, and the Texans rank in the top 10 in passing, rushing and total offense. Their defense, however, ranks near the bottom of the league in every major category.

Kubiak has turned the Houston offense into one of the most explosive, yet balanced attacks in the league, only to see the Texans be carved time and time again by opposing offenses, inevitably losing close games by the hands of their porous defense.

The Texans are reportedly "demanding" that Kubiak fire the team's defensive coordinator, Frank Bush, as well as the secondary coach, David Gibbs.

Kubiak is expected back as the leader of a young, talented team that continues to produce at a high level on offense, but has struggled during his tenure on the defensive side of the ball. Despite the team's disappointing 5-10 record through 16 weeks, Kubiak still hasn't lost control of the team, and the side of the ball he holds the most influence over has performed up to expectations.

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