Four days after suffering what has been called a mini-stroke, Houton Texans head coach Gary Kubiak visited his players at practice in what was a nice surprise for his players. Kubiak, 52, suffered what is officially called a transient ischemic attack at halftime of the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Texans on Sunday night. The game was ultimately lost and there is no telling what type of impact the episode had on the Texans players. Kubiak is expected to make a full recovery, but Wade Phillips, the team’s defensive coordinator, is operating as the interim head coach until he is able to return.
The message from Kubiak to his players, according to Phillips, was that he wanted to assure them he was feeling well and that he missed them. Kubiak is obviously hoping that his players can bounce back in his absence as they prepare to take on the Arizona Cardinals this week on the road. The 2-6 Texans are basically playing for their proverbial lives in this year’s playoff race this week. Kubiak’s stress is high as many have suggested his job may be on the line this season if the Texans ultimately fall short, especially with just how far below expectations they have played.
While the team needs to go out and win, the health and wellness of their coach seems to be the primary thing on their mind. Hopefully, Kubiak can get back on the sideline quickly, in good health, and be in position to help his team fight for the rest of the season.