The Houston Texans fired coach Gary Kubiak after losing their 11th straight National Football League game, making him the first NFL coach to lose his job this season.
The Texans, who have a 2-11 record, said in a statement yesterday that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be the interim coach for the final three games of the season.
Phillips, 66, also coached the team for one game last month as Kubiak recovered from a mini-stroke that caused him to collapse on the field at halftime of a Nov. 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Phillips has an 82-61 coaching record.
Kubiak, 52, had a 61-64 record over eight seasons with the Texans and guided the franchise to its first playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012. The team started 11-1 last season before losing three of its final four games and getting ousted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the playoffs.
Houston entered this season with the sixth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl, according to the Las Vegas Hotel’s SuperBook. The Texans started the season with back-to-back wins before their losing skid began and they benched quarterback Matt Schaub in favor of undrafted free agent Case Keenum.
The Texans were beaten 27-20 two nights ago in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars had lost their previous seven home games.