Jan 28, 2012; Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC head coach Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans during the AFC practice on Ohana Day at the 2012 Pro Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Houston Texans Make Some Changes in the Coaching Column


With Frank Pollack and Greg Knapp leaving the Houston Texans change was inevitable. There were holes to be filled in the coaching department and the team wasted no time replacing the two coaches.

Four days ago I reported that the Texans had hired Karl Dorrell as the team’s new QB Coach to replace Knapp. Now the Texans have added two new faces to the mix.

Former Rice University, University of Wyoming, and Colorado State University Assistant Coach, Dan Hammerschmidt, was hired as the team’s Offensive Assistant. Hammerschmidt worked with Texans FB/TE James Casey when he was at Rice and has coached for a total of 19 years. While at Rice and Wyoming universities Hammerschmidt was the wide receivers’ coach. He helped lead Rice to a 10-3 record and a 7-1 conference record.

Meanwhile, two Texans coaches were promoted internally as well.

Jim Ryan, who worked with offensive line coach John Benton last year, was promoted to assistant offensive line coach. He moves up to replace Pollack, who was hired by the Oakland Raiders to take over their offensive line.

Marc Lubick was also promoted. After his fifth season with the team he will now assume the role of assistant receivers coach.

The new moves will help the team transition smoothly through the off-season and prepare for the fall.

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