After their 11th straight loss, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has fired coach Gary Kubiak.
The team announced the decision Friday, one day after the Texans lost their 11th straight game, 27-20 at Jacksonville. Houston (2-11) played miserably and was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.
When asked about why, McNair said "I think the last straw was losing. we have a lot better talent than Jackson and to have them beat us twice, that's just not acceptable for us."
The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and was working under a three-year contract that runs through 2014. An eighth-round pick out of Texas A&M, he spent nine years as John Elway's backup in Denver and has made his mark as an offensive guru and quarterbacks mentor.
He suffered a mini-stroke during a Nov. 3 game, but had returned to the team. The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.
The Houston Texans organization also issued the following statement:
"The Houston Texans relieved Gary Kubiak of his duties as head coach today. Wade Phillips will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season in addition to maintaining his responsibilities as defensive coordinator.
Phillips, 66, has an 82-61 (.573) regular season record as a head coach and will be the coach of record for the sixth franchise of his career next Sunday at Indianapolis. Phillips last served as an interim head coach for the Atlanta Falcons for the final three games of the 2003 season. He also served as the interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints for the final four games of the 1985 season."
Houston Texans team owner Bob McNair announcing the firing of Gary Kubiak.
The End of the Kubiak Era in photos