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Reports: Kubiak could be back in Houston with new defensive coordinator

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By PFW staff

Embattled Texans head coach Gary Kubiak could be back in 2011, but with a new defensive coordinator, the NFL Network and The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reported Wednesday that former Cowboys coach Wade Philips was a candidate to replace Frank Bush as defensive coordinator if Kubiak retained his job as head coach. PFW Texans correspondent John McClain, the Chronicle's Texans beat writer, reported Wednesday that owner Bob McNair will keep Kubiak if the Texans' head coach fires Bush and DBs coach David Gibbs.

The Texans have a 36-43 record in Kubiak's five seasons as head coach. The Texans are 29th in defense and last in passing yards allowed.

The way we see it

McNair spoke out in support of Kubiak leading up to the Texans' Week 15 game vs. Tennessee, but the Texans were flat in a loss to the Titans. They then blew a 17-point lead at Denver last Sunday, losing 24-23 and leading to increased speculation about Kubiak. The play of the defense has been a season-long concern, and changes are expected.

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