Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak looks down against the New England Patriots before the game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
20. Clearing house after 2013 season, including top d-cord Wade Phillips (who now owns NFL top defense in Denver)
Gary Kubiak absolutely wore out his welcome by 2013, and the fans were ready to see him go. Following 22 wins in two seasons, the Kubiak-led Texans fielded one of the most disappointing teams to date.
Matt Schaub fell apart and the defense disappeared. The result was a 2-11 record that ended in Kubiak’s firing just one season removed from a playoff berth.
The interim coach was Wade Phillips, who had previously served as defensive coordinator. Wade has always been well respected as a defensive mind, but his reputation as a head coach is less than impressive. He did nothing to change that perception as the team showed no improvement and dropped the only three games he served as the head coach for Houston.
After the 2013 season the Texans let pretty much everyone go, except the general manager Rick Smith. The opportunities felt endless as the hope of a new coach was in the air along with the team holding the number one pick in the 2014 NFL Draft thanks to their 2-14 record.
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