The Chicago Bears are expected to make a big push for Gary Kubiak as their next head coach, according to a report.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news Sunday, saying the Bears are “prepared to make a major push” for the Ravens offensive coordinator.
Kubiak was an offensive coordinator for the Broncos from 1995-2005 before leaving to become head coach of the Texans in 2006. He was Houston’s head coach for nearly eight seasons and led the team to a 61-64 record and two playoff appearances before being fired amid a disastrous 2013 campaign.
Kubiak did not interview for head coaching positions while the Ravens were still in the playoffs.
“I said, ‘John (Harbaugh), if anybody wants to talk to me, just tell them no. I’m a busy man right now,’” Kubiak told reporters after the regular season ended. “I think it’s always flattering as a coach to be mentioned by any organization in football. But my total focus is on our football game, what we’re doing and trying to enjoy what I’m doing right now.”
Now that the Ravens have been eliminated from the postseason, Kubiak is free to interview with teams.
Part of the thinking behind Chicago’s reported interest in Kubiak is that they have a first-time GM, Ryan Pace, in charge, so it would be nice to pair him with an experienced head coach.
The Bears have also interviewed Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, Broncos OC Adam Gase and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn for the job. Even if they were interested before, this high-profile candidate is no longer available.
Gary Kubiak is more than landing back on his feet.
Less than two months after being fired by the Houston Texans amid a franchise-record losing streak, Kubiak has been hired by the Baltimore Ravens to become the team’s new offensive coordinator. Kubiak’s offensive coordinator with the Texans, Rick Dennison, was hired to serve as Baltimore’s QB coach.
Baltimore was also considering in-house receivers coach Jim Hostler, former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, and Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson for the offensive coordinator job. They still need a running backs coach, and they made need to replace Hostler as WR coach if he takes another job, coach John Harbaugh said.
Kubiak, 52, was 61-64 in nearly eight seasons as Houston’s head coach. This is a good addition for Baltimore’s coaching staff.
The Texans embarrassed themselves on Thursday night by losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second time this season. Actually, they have pretty much embarrassed themselves since Week 3. After reaching the playoffs in 2012 and coming into the 2013 as a contender in the AFC, the Texans are 2-11 and have — amazingly — lost 11 games in a row.
There have been questions about Kubiak’s inability to make halftime adjustments throughout the year. Some have also speculated that he lost the Texans’ locker room and was no longer able to get effort out of his players. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted, Texans owner Bob McNair said the search for a new head coach is underway and that some candidates are currently working for other NFL teams.
“We’ve got to turn this around,” McNair said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “We want a winning culture. Our goal is to win last three games. We’re going to do everything to win. We’re looking for a coach who’s bright, ethical, innovation and is able to make adjustments.”
Wade Phillips will stand in as the team’s interim head coach, and McNair said he will have an opportunity to interview for the head coaching position. We doubt he’ll get it.
Remember when the Jacksonville Jaguars were the laughing stock of the NFL? Those same Jaguars have won four of their last five games. Two of those wins — including a 27-20 victory on Thursday night — have come over the Houston Texans. As you might imagine, that does not reflect well on Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak has had a tumultuous season both on the field and off. He suffered a mini-stroke during a Week 11 loss to the Oakland Raiders and has fortunately made a seemingly full recovery. His team, however, continues to struggle. The Texans were a playoff team last year. That same team could end up earning the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. After Thursday night’s loss, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Kubiak’s job is in danger.
Kubiak did a great job of transforming the Texans from a mediocre expansion team into a legitimate AFC contender. For whatever reason, all of that has flown out the window this year. Instead of preparing for another playoff run, Houston players have resorted to accusing opponents of spying on them when they can’t make halftime adjustments. Now, Kubiak can only wait and see if the organization gives him another chance to make a drastic turnaround.
The Houston Texans won’t be looking to make excuses for blowing a 21-3 halftime lead against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, though we all know they don’t need to. Not to take anything away from Andrew Luck and Indy’s 18 unanswered points over the game’s final 15:05, but the Texans had to have been distracted after head coach Gary Kubiakcollapsed at the end of the first half.
Fortunately, Kubiak did not suffer a heart attack and is in stable condition. The Texans official website reported on Monday that he remains in the hospital undergoing tests. As you might expect, his episode led to a hectic environment at halftime for Houston.
James Palmer of CSN Houston told PFT Live on Monday that Kubiak’s collapse led to “12 minutes of chaos” during halftime. Coaches typically adjust their play-calling at halftime based on what they saw in the first half, but the Texans players and coaches were worried about much more than winning a football game. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison also had to take over play-calling duties in the second half, which is usually Kubiak’s job.
Again, we’re not trying to take anything away from the Colts. They won a hard-fought football game after it looked like they would be laughed out of the stadium. Having said that, there are more important things in life than football. The Texans were likely focused on those more important things during the second half on Sunday.
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak was taken to the hospital on Sunday after collapsing while walking of the field at Reliant Stadium during halftime of his team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Kubiak showed signs of being in pain prior to walking off the field. As he was around the 25-yard line, he collapsed and kneeled down in obvious pain. A stretcher came out to get him and he was taken to the hospital with his family accompanying him.
The video below shared by David Nunio of ABC in Houston shows Kubiak in pain:
Arian Foster’s hamstring injury has been one of the biggest concerns in the fantasy football world this season. The Texans haven’t been as worried as fantasy footballers because Ben Tate has proven to be a more than capable backup. Looks like neither group needs to be worried about Foster’s health, if what Houston coach Gary Kubiak says is true.
Foster ran for 33 yards on 10 carries and had two catches for seven yards in the win over Miami, but he did not play in the second half. Early reports suggested he had re-aggravated his hamstring injury, but Kubiak said after the game that wasn’t the case.
“He’s fine. He obviously wasn’t himself and got pretty fatigued. He wanted to play in the second half,” Kubiak said after the win.
Kubiak reiterated that Foster didn’t see action in the second half because of fatigue. Ben Tate, the second-year running back from Auburn, rushed for 103 yards on 23 carries and helped milk the clock at the end. It was Tate’s second straight 100-yard game and he’s now averaging 4.66 yards per carry.
Fantasy football owners will still have questions about Foster’s status, but the Texans should not be worried. Tate has proven he’s the real deal and that the Texans may not be losing much with him carrying the ball instead of last year’s leading rusher.
UPDATE: Despite what Kubiak said, Foster admitted that his hamstring tightened up during the game.