Texans owner: Kubiak's my coach
The Houston Texans didn't make the playoffs. But team owner Bob McNair is happy with the job coach Gary Kubiak has done and announced he would return for the final year of his five-year contract after the Texans finished a franchise-best 9-7.
"Gary's my coach," McNair said, according to the Houston Chronicle, after the Texans beat the New England Patriots in the season finale, giving them the first winning record in franchise history. "I know there was speculation that he might not be [back in 2010], but he will be. He'll definitely be back. I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be."
Kubiak said the vote of confidence "means a lot to me," according to the report.
"It shows me that Bob believes we're headed in the right direction. He's great to work for. He's always positive, supportive and very thorough," Kubiak said, according to the report. "I'm glad we won this game and finished with a winning record. That's for him and everyone in the organization."
The Texans are 31-33 in Kubiak's four seasons as coach. The team was 18-46 in its first four seasons under Dom Capers.
McNair had said earlier that he didn't want to put his team through the disruption of a coaching change -- and that he believes the team will continue to improve under Kubiak.
"Look at the conditions he coached under, especially all the injuries," McNair said, according to the report. "I like Gary for a lot of reasons. He's got a great offensive mind. He has a great sense of how to push players and when to back off. He also doesn't play favorites. He treats players the same, and they respect him for it."
McNair also on Sunday announced the Texans would exercise an option in quarterback Matt Schaub's contract that will pay him $10 million bonus and extend his contract for three years.
Schaub led all quarterbacks in passing yards (4,770) this season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.