The Houston Texans announced contract extensions for GM Rick Smith and Coach Gary Kubiak, rewarding them for taking the team to the playoffs last year for the 1st time. Football scores
Texans owner Bob McNair wished to maintain continuity with both men in the final years of their present contracts. Smith’s extension is for 4 years, which will keep him with the team thru 2016. Kubiak’s is a 3-year contract which re-does the year of his current contract and keeps him under agreement thru 2014.
“Stability is very important and these folks work best together and they have a commitment to bringing a championship to Houston,” McNair expounded. “That’s our objective and what we’re employed for every day. I am real pleased we managed to bring this about.”
McNair said he offered Kubiak a 4-year contract, but he preferred to make it for 3.
“Gary has assured me that with the level of success he’s going to have, he’s going to be worth a lot more cash in 3 years instead of 4. So I had to agree with him,” McNair said with a laugh.
McNair needed to extend the deals after the team finished 10-6 to win its first AFC South title.
He was impressed that Kubiak was ready to lead the organization to the postseason and its 1st playoff victory notwithstanding playing important time without a number of big names. Outside linebacker Mario Williams and receiver Andre Johnson missed large bits of the season, and Houston had to rely on newbie third-string quarterback T.J. Yates after starter Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart were lost to injuries.
The Texans beat Cincinnati 31-10 in the 1st-round of the playoffs before a 20-13 loss to the Ravens stopped their historic season.
“I assume the training performance last year of Gary was notable with the injuries we had and I’m not sure how he might have done a better job,” McNair declared.
Kubiak and Smith were both hired in 2006 after the team finished a franchise-worst 2-14. Smith spent 10 years with Kubiak while the coach was offensive coordinator of the Broncos. Smith was Denver’s defensive assistant for 4 seasons before moving into the front office for his last 6 years with the Broncos.
The pair has led the evolution of this team, which began play in 2002, from league laughingstock to contender. But the process hasn’t been without challenges.
The team went 6-10 in their 1st year and 8-8 in each one of the next 2 seasons. Expectations were high in 2010 after Houston finished at 9-7 for its 1st winning record in 2009. But the Texans instead slid to 6-10, which led straight to many fans looking for Kubiak’s firing.
McNair was unhappy by that setback, but still believed Kubiak was the man to guide his team.
“If you coach in this league, especially as a head coach, you’re going to go through hard times,” Kubiak announced. “It’s tough to win in this business (but) Bob stayed the course with our program through a really hard time 2 years ago … And we were rewarded.”
Kubiak loves working for McNair and is hoping to build on the team’s accomplishment in 2012.