At his final press conference of the season (not of his tenure as Texans head coach), Gary Kubiak expressed gratitude to Bob McNair for being retained for a sixth season. He was also very clear that the Texans search for a new man to head up the defense begins immediately.
Kubiak denied that he has spoken to Wade Phillips, but admitted that Phillips will be one of the coaches he’ll speak to regarding the opening left vacant by Frank Bush. According to Kubiak, he is going to start talking to guys on the phone about the defensive coordinator job this evening.
Hamstringing the DC search from the beginning?
Along with Bush, three other position coaches were let go (see previous entry for details). Interestingly, defensive line coach/assistant head coach Bill Kollar was retained. I like Kollar. I think he’s a fine D-line coach – but it seems strange to me that the Texans wouldn’t let their new defensive coordinator call all the shots as far as who is brought on staff.
Now, keeping Kollar could mean many things, or nothing. It could mean that the Texans already have talked to a DC candidate, and he is fine with Kollar staying on. It could mean that the Texans insist on Kollar staying as D-line coach, and won’t hire a guy who disagrees. Or, the Texans might send Kollar packing if it’s a sticking point with the guy they want. I just think it’s a little strange for the Texans, a 6-10 team with a terrible defense, to not give the entire run of the defense to the new guy in charge. On top of this, let’s be honest. Kollar has done a good job, but nothing approaching a GREAT job – but that also has a lot to do with the talent he’s been given to work with.