Texans’ McNair gives Kubiak extension, vote of confidence

Posted Feb. 10, 2010 @ 4:35 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Texans owner Bob McNair said he thinks the team will have a winner with head coach Gary Kubiak.

The Texans announced Wednesday that Kubiak has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2012 season. It was the team’s first winning season since its inception eight years ago, finishing 9-7 with a win over the Patriots in Week 17, but the Texans still haven’t been to the postseason.

McNair thinks Kubiak is the right man to lead them there.

“We have a foundation in place,” McNair said. “We don’t have to go out and establish the foundation, which is what we’ve been doing the last eight years. We’ve got some outstanding players, and we just have to keep building on that.

“In evaluating where we were and looking at our coaching situation, I believe Gary can take us to the Super Bowl.”

The Texans have gone 31-33 in Kubiak’s four seasons after going 2-14 his first year in Houston. Kubiak’s original contract was set to expire after next season before the extension.

“Bob has taken a hard look at where we were four years ago and where we are today and with that made the decision that we’re heading in the right direction,” Kubiak said. “I want to finish what I started. We still have a long way to go, but I’m enjoying the work, I’m enjoying the challenge.”

The Texans ranked fourth in total offense last season (383 yards per game), but they will have some new offensive coaches. Assistant head coach Alex Gibbs left for the Seahawks, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan went to join his father, Mike, with the Redskins.

Kubiak hired former Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison to replace Shanahan and former Falcons offensive coordinator Greg Knapp to become Houston’s QB coach. Dennison worked on the Broncos’ staff during Kubiak’s 11 years as Denver’s offensive coordinator, and Knapp coached Texans QB Matt Schaub for three seasons with the Falcons.

Both Dennison and Knapp are also signed through the 2012 season.

“We have strengthened our coaching staff,” McNair said. “I’m pleased we were able to finalize our contractual negotiations with Gary and with our coaches, so everybody will be on the same timeline. That makes everyone feel very good about the situation.”

McNair said he would prefer to continue replenishing the team’s roster through the draft, as opposed to free agency.

“We believe you have to build through the draft and we will continue to do that,” he said.