By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 6th, 2013 at 2:14 pm EST
The Houston Texans did not want to wait until the end of the season.
The Texans were expected to fire head coach Gary Kubiak after the season. But instead of waiting, the Texans fired Kubiak today with three games left in the regular season.
The Texans presently have the worst record in the NFL, as they stand at 2-11 with an 11-game losing streak. Before the streak started, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the worst record.
The Jaguars beat the Texans last night on Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network. Now, they have four wins on the season, while the Buccaneers have 3 wins.
The Texans were expected to be a Super Bowl favorite after last season, but it was not meant to be. Kubiak ends his run with the Texans with a 61-64 record after being hired in 2006.
This news comes just weeks after Kubiak returned to the Texans after having a health issue. He had a warning stroke at halftime of the Texans 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on November 3rd.
After missing a game, with Wade Phillips as the interim head coach, he returned to the team. And now, Phillips has been named interim head coach once again.
Only New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin had a longer tenure with their team. Belichick was hired in 2000, while Lewis was hired in 2003 and Coughlin was hired in 2004.
The Texans struggles can be put back to the quarterback position. Matt Schaub and Case Keenum have both struggled this season.
Schaub replaced Keenum in last night’s game mid-way through the third quarter. Keenum has been benched twice in the past four games, and with this move, Owner Bob McNair wants to see if Keenum can be their quarterback of the future.
If he feels like Keenum, who was undrafted out of Houston, cannot be the quarterback, then the Texans will use their first overall draft pick on a quarterback.
From the 2009 NFL draft through the 2012 NFL draft, a quarterback was taken with the first overall pick. However, last year the Kansas City Chiefs took offensive tackle Eric Fisher from Central Michigan.
With the Texans considering a quarterback, they have several options that they could draft. While these players have not officially declared for the draft, it is likely that they will and become draft eligible.
Texas A&M redshirt sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel, who has had problems at the school after winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy award, is expected to be a top pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Also, Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is also expected to be a top pick and along with Manziel, these are the two best quarterbacks, who could go in the Top 10.
The Texans quarterbacks are averaging 254.2 passing yards per game. Schaub is 179 of 287 for 1,905 yards and 9 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Keenum is 119 of 219 for 1,592 yards and 9 touchdowns with 4 interceptions.
Schaub is averaging 221.5 passing yards per game, while Keenum is averaging just 203.9 passing yards per game.