Colts head coach has kind words for Gary Kubiak

Dec 30 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak greet each other at the end of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Houston 28-16. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans decided to part ways with head coach Gary Kubiak in the midst of a disappointing 2013 season. Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano had some kind words for his former fellow AFC South coach.

“A class act, a great football coach and a better person, all those things. He’s been a great leader and a great mentor for all of us, setting a great example,” Pagano said of Kubiak, via the Houston Chronicle.  “This is just unfortunate. You can just look at their last [seven] ballgames and there are one-score games everywhere.  This thing could easily have flipped the other way.”

His class is evident in the statement he released following his firing:

“I want to thank Bob McNair and his family for giving me my first head coaching opportunity in the National Football League. Bob has treated me with the utmost class and respect throughout my career with the Texans. I am appreciative of him for bringing me back to Houston to coach my hometown team.

I want to thank the players and coaches for all the work they have put in during my years with the Texans. Though we came up short this season, the work, effort and sacrifice they gave me and this organization over the last eight seasons is not to be taken for granted. I want to wish them all the best.

I want to thank the people in the organization for their support over all the years. We could not have achieved our goals without their tireless work and commitment to our team.

Lastly, my family and I want to thank the city of Houston for their support of the football team and our family. We had a great run here and we will never forget our back-to-back AFC South Championships. Coming back home was a dream come true for all of us. This will always be our home. Thank you.”

Topics: Houston Texans

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