Houston Texans Links: Saturday Roundup


Dec 5, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) catches a pass for a first down as Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz (27) takes him down in the fourth quarter at EverBank Field. The Jacksonville Jaguars best the Houston Texans 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

What a day Friday was for the Houston Texans football team. Gary Kubiak was fired, as was special teams coach Joe Marcino, and the team pretty much is in the drivers seat for the No. 1 overall draft choice with just three games left on the schedule.

There were plenty of folks talking about the future of the Texans Friday and for good reason. In the next few months they will be looking to hire a new head coach and there is going to lots of talk on who the Texans should draft with their first round draft selection.

It will be a fun few months and I hope you make the Toro Times apart of you Texans reading for not only the rest of the season, but the entire offseason as we plan to write our thoughts on it from top to bottom.

As for Friday, over at the Houston Chronicle’s Ultimate Texans blog, John Soloman wrote the firing of Gary Kubiak was long overdue. The columnist wrote:

"“Analysis of Kubiak’s years here must include yin and yang, as his run with the Texans will be remembered for successes and failures. Triumphs and defeats. Ups and downs.”"

Also at Ultimate Texans, Jon McClain wrote in an article, “Texans’ ‘nightmare’ season costs Kubiak his dream job,”

"“The Texans’ plummet began last season when they were 11-1 but finished 1-3. They beat Cincinnati in a wild-card game for the second year in a row before being eliminated at New England in the divisional round … Since that 11-1 start, the Texans are 3-14 in the regular season.”"

Sports Illustrated had an interesting article by Doug Farrar, saying the 2014 Texans won’t be that seasons version of this years Kansas City Chiefs.

He wrote:

"“The Texans have struggled to find a dominant edge-rusher over the last few years, though they’ve certainly put enough effort into the process … Whitney Mercilus was the 2012 plan in the first round, and his six sacks per season is a bit more impressive but not quite at the level one would expect for that draft collateral.”"

Here is a video from ESPN.com where Herm Edwards reacts to the firing of Kubiak. Click here.