Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Houston Texans owner Bob McNair attends the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports
Greetings Texans Fans!
We are now at the end, the end of many things. Hope, pride, joy. Things we no longer have. It is time to accept this. We’ve all had hope, that the Texans would find a way to pull themselves together, but today, losing to the Jaguars this is no more. With that lost hope falls pride. We have entered the dreaded “Brown sack on head” realm fans the world over never hope to reach in supporting their team. Followed by the loss of joy. We could win out, turn it around now and it would actually hurt the team moving forward.
What do we do? We look to the one man who can bring hope back. Bob McNair. Now is the time to send a message to the team, to players like JJ Watt that this sort of failure is not only unacceptable but will be corrected. That starts with a press conference, preferably today but I’ll take Monday as well with Bob McNair standing before the press and giving some version of the following speech;
“I hear you, Texans Nation, I see the state the team is in, and I’m going to take action. After 8 years of dedicated service to the franchise I have asked Gary Kubiak to resign. I don’t do this out of spite or malice, he’s done the best he could and we are ever thankful to him for his efforts. This isn’t how any of us imagined the season turning out, now we look to 2014 and bringing back the quality of football Houston Texans fans rightfully demand and properly deserve. I’ve also Special Teams coach Joe Marciano and General Manager Rick Smith to step down. While the players on the field ultimately are the ones that have to achieve, that success starts with the coaching and management. We’re going to set this ship right.”
Something along those lines will fire the fans up, and show the players it’s gone from painful, to depressing to serious, as they might say in the movies “It just got real up in Reliant Stadium.” Sometime this week perhaps a coach with a Superbowl ring will announce he’s returning to the sidelines after making bank in front of TV cameras, maybe a promising young college coach whose season is drawing to a close will make it clear it’s the end of his time at his perspective college. At this point who that person is matters less then it happens.
This has been a season Hollywood couldn’t write, because it has been so bizarre, a spectacle so unbelievable had anyone suggested it might happen they would have been laughed into humiliation. But we have in fact, arrived here, at a season so far lost that losing is now winning for the Texans, that firing most of the coaching staff isn’t just warranted it is a necessity to prove to the fans and the players that the organization is serious about correcting this mistake.
Reams of paper and many web pages will go up trying to explain the disaster that the 2013 Texans have become, but ultimately it’s how they move forward that is going to matter. Kubiak has shown he is not capable of rising to the challenge. He’s done a heck of a lot of good for the Texans, and the City, but it’s time for him to go. It’s time for Rick Smith to go, he’s the biggest fish, and he’s had his fingers in the pie more then any other person. Accountability must be swift and true. Joe Marciano has been many seasons needing to go, this is the perfect time to send him into retirement.
Who would you want on the sidelines? If you had the reigns of power in Houston, who would your first call be to? Cower? Johnson? Gruden? Let’s hear who you want taking the Texans forward.
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