The Houston Texans parted ways with head coach Gary Kubiak this week, and are looking for a new head coach. There are a pair of college coaches in Texas that have drawn some attention to bigger college jobs and possibly a leap to the NFL, but Texans owner Bob McNair says that they won’t be candidates.
“We would like someone who has had head coaching experience, but has also had NFL experience,” McNair said. “It’s a combination of those two things would be the ideal situation and there are people who meet those conditions.”
“Well, experience shows that those people who were selected to be a head coach in the NFL, met with more success if they had had head-coaching experience,” McNair said. “And if you take someone who has been a coordinator, you’re basically moving them from a lower level of management, let’s say, to a higher level of management that they’ve never been in before. So, there’s a question mark as to whether they can elevate their performance to be able to handle those additional responsibilities, and some people can’t.”
That means you can assume it will be a list of the usual suspects, Jon Gruden, former Bears head coach Lovie Smith, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Wisenhunt, current defensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips. The most attractive candidate might be the Broncos’ Jack Del Rio who filled in for John Fox while he was away with health issues.