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Gary Kubiak had a winning record with the Texans for most of his tenure in Houston, but an 11-game losing streak this season dropped him three games below .500. The Texans won't give him a chance to even the ledger, as they fired him after an embarrassing loss to the equally lowly Jaguars. Injuries decimated the Texans this season, and Matt Schaub's pick-six problem was difficult to foresee, but it's tough to justify keeping a coach whose team has fallen apart this dramatically.

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Exit strategy?

The Texans were generally respectable under Kubiak but were never really contenders for anything other than a quick playoff exit.

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Should the Texans have fired Gary Kubiak?

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Draft possibilities?

If the Texans land and keep the No. 1 pick, they could pick up one of several potentially franchise-changing players.

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What should the Texans do if they receive the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft?

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Will Texans 'earn' No. 1 pick?

Don't say Thursday night's game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars was meaningless. Not only did the 27-20 decision give the Jaguars their first home win in more than a year -- extending their victorious streak to an AFC-best three games -- but it also put Houston in prime position to "earn" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Will the Texans end up with the league's worst record? If so, what should they do?

Which team will "earn" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft?

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  • What should the Texans do if they receive the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft?

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  • If your favorite NFL team had a shot at the No. 1 overall pick, would you want it to tank the rest of the season?

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  • Which is the NFL's most disappointing team?

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Bill Belichick is renowned for his ability to adjust at halftime, but his involvement in the Spygate scandal means he'll never quite be above suspicion. That's the case after the Patriots' 34-31 win over the Texans on Sunday. Texans defensive end Antonio Smith raised questions about the Patriots' hot start in the second half after their struggles in the first, saying that it'd be a ''big coincidence if that just happened by chance.'' Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dismissed Smith's comments, but are they more than just sour grapes?

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Through Week 11 of the 2012 NFL season, the Houston Texans were 9-1, en route to the franchise's second playoff berth. Through Week 11 of the 2013 season, the Texans are 2-8, battling to stay out of the basement of the NFL. So it's understandable if some frustrations bubble to the surface, as they did with an argument between Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson late in Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders. Both players said it was no big deal, but who knows what kind of impact this will have on the future of the team?


Problems in Houston?

The players involved always downplay sideline disputes, but are quarterback-receiver squabbles ever a big deal?

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What do you think about the argument between Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson?

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Andre Johnson's future?

After 11 years with Houston and virtually all of the team's receiving records, will Johnson finish his career with the Texans?

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Will Andre Johnson still be on the Texans when his contract expires in 2016?

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Who is in at QB?

Is less than half a season of starts enough for undrafted rookie Case Keenum to earn the starting job?

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Who will be the Texans' best QB option next year?

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The Texans' experiment with Ed Reed appears to be at an end, as the team is set to cut him Tuesday. Reed has been something of a cipher for Houston this year, recording only 16 tackles in seven games and suffering a demotion from his starting position in the team's loss to the Colts. Reed described the team's playing and coaching as inconsistent in a recent interview, which may have played a part in the team's decision to part ways with him before the end of the season.


Out of Texas

The Texans weren't winning with Ed Reed, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily the cause of their woes this season.

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What do you make of the Texans releasing Ed Reed?

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Reed's future?

Reed was one of the best safeties in the game during his time in Baltimore, and is likely a future Hall of Famer, but his stats this year were not up to his usual standards.

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Would you want your favorite team to sign Ed Reed?

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