Originally posted by MISTER CHESS
Why pay a coach who can't get the job done with multiple pro bowlers on both sides of the ball? This is a team built for winning.
Technically, they are paying him for his entire contract whether he coaches or not,
so your argument is not really valid.
The reason they fired him now was two-fold.
First , Bob McNair is especially fond of Kubiak, as are many of the players.
Once it became obvious that they were going to have to make changes to
soothe the fan base in Houston, rather than leave him dangling in the wind
for three more games, they cut him loose now. Gary Kubiak is a class
person, and I think it was hard for McNair to do because of that, but when
he did let him go, he did it with respect and class toward Gary.
The second reason they cut him now was so they could get a jump on the
process of finding Kubiak's replacement. It absolutely will not be Wade
Phillips, so there is no harm letting him run the show while they shop for the
new head coach, because they announced that Phillips is also a candidate.
Wade Phillips will more than likely be let go when the new coach comes in,
because typically coaches like to have their choices at coordinator positions.
The names for replacement are flying around here. Most are conjecture.
Lovie Smith will get a look and he is from Texas. Ken Whisenhut will also
get a look. Other names being tossed around are Jon Gruden (unlikely),
Jay Gruden (possibility), Mike Shanahan (no way), Bill Cowher (unlikely),
Kevin Sumlin (not a chance), Bill O'Brien (certainly hope not), David Shaw
Mc Nair wants someone with head coaching experience as well as NFL experience
and has said as such. That is not to say, he won't change his mind, but
he does not want to tear this team apart and start again. And truthfully,
he shouldn't have to if he gets the right coach.
Personally, I would love to see Jon Gruden. The lure of the top pick in the
draft and a pretty solid team may be enough to get him out of the booth.
Not sure Gruden's ego and Mc Nair would get along though. Lovie Smith is
a possibility, but only if they can get a stud OC, because, as he showed in
Chicago, his offense sucked, but his defense was stout. Odd's are Ken
Whisenhut may be the guy, although he is not an automatic by any stretch
of the imagination. I guess we will see over the next few weeks. They are
auditioning Case Keenum the next 3 weeks. Unfortunately, he is not the
answer either. He may be a reasonable back up QB, but I do not see him as
a starting QB in the NFL.