Just last year, there were questions among fans about whether Gary Kubiak should remain as the Houston Texans head coach.
A 10-6 record and an AFC South crown later, doubters were convinced; critics were silenced. And now, Kubiak will be honored, by a committee of 101 national NFL sportswriters and broadcasters, as the 2011 AFC Coach of the Year.
“I’m honored to receive this award,” Kubiak said upon learning the news, “It wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work that our players and coaches put in last season. We were able to overcome some obstacles caused by injuries, and it’s a credit to them. I’d like to share [the award] with them.”
Despite being derailed by injuries to key players at various points of the season, Kubiak was able to right the Texans ship to the franchise’s most successful campaign to date. He undoubtedly deserves the award.
Other awards were given to the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (NFC offensive player), the Patriots’ Tom Brady (AFC offensive player), the Vikings’ Jared Allen (NFC defensive player), and the Ravens’ Terrell Suggs (AFC defensive player).