“We’ll review everything at the end of the year, and will we make some changes? I’m sure we will make some — we’ll see some things that need to be improved. But we’re very, very close to having the kind of team I think that we can all be proud of, and we just have to keep working hard and push it over the top. I think we’re close.”
The quote from Texans owner Bob McNair on the team website may not sound like much, but think about who is saying it. McNair is notoriously tight-lipped about changes, often going the other way and trying to make it sound like everything is going great. The other element is the timing. I can’t remember McNair ever saying something like this DURING the season. I could be wrong.
Really though, I know this is barely worthy of an entry because no matter what McNair says – there are going to be changes one way or another. Frank Bush is gone. The big question, of course, revolves around Gary Kubiak. I am already convinced that McNair is NOT going to fire Kubiak, but after that quote – my already strong conviction is just strengthened further. Kubiak is coming back, people. If you’re going to cancel your season tickets – cancel them. If you’re going to burn your jerseys – strike a match. Get ready, because it’s coming. When he says “we are very very close to the kind of team we can be,” that speaks very loudly to me.
McNair’s mind should already be made up on Kubiak
I don’t mean that in a “he needs to fire the guy” way. I mean it in that, well, he’s been here before. Several times before. The playoffs are out of reach. The Texans have already done the “finish strong” thing a couple of times (at least record-wise), but it hasn’t carried to the next season. There isn’t anything that could or should happen in the next three games that could or should change Bob McNair’s mind about Gary Kubiak’s future. He’s either a goner, or he’s a lock to stay (he’s a lock to stay). If McNair has it in his head to keep Kubiak if and only if he wins out, then I weep for us all as Houston Texans fans. Not because I’m saying it’s the wrong decision, but because – that’s just not the best way to make this huge decision. If that’s the process, the process is flawed, nay, BROKEN.
We’ve been down this road before, and really – I fully EXPECT the Texans to win out. The Titans are terrible and in turmoil, and the Texans play better on the road. The Broncos have an abysmal defense, and are a franchise in turmoil. Finally, the Jaguars will come to town and the Texans will play spoiler to them, a team they had no business losing to the first time around. It’s just the way of the Texans. We are headed for 8-8 again, but when is McNair going to see enough of that, as we already have? Not this year.