Houston Texans’ owner Bob McNair fired coach Gary Kubiak on Friday, one day after the underachieving 2-11 Texans lost 27-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as interim head coach.
“The last straw was losing. We have a lot better talent than Jacksonville,” USA Today quoted McNair as saying. “We are so disappointed and shocked by what has happened. … Gary accepted it and understands the situation.”
McNair said that he decided to fire the 52-year-old Kubiak while flying back Thursday night.
A search for Kubiak’s replacement has already begun, and McNair said Phillips will be considered for the job. Another potential candidate could be former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, a Texas native.
The Texans also fired special teams coordinator Joe Marciano and promoted his assistant, Bob Ligashesky.