5. Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans
It should be no surprise that the Houston Texans’ surprisingly bad record (2-7) has caused a stir under its head coach. Who knows? Maybe the pressure has already gotten to Kubiak, who was taken to the hospital two weeks ago after collapsing on the sidelines.
While Kubiak is supposed to make it back and resume his play-calling duties for the Texans this Sunday versus Oakland, it remains to be seen whether the Texans, which carried Super Bowl hopes into the season, will stick with its head coach beyond this year.
Despite losing Matt Schuab and Arian Foster, Houston is fortunate enough to be in decent shape with Case Keenum and Ben Tate taking their fallen stars’ places for what seems like the remainder of the season. Unfortunately for everyone involved, neither Keenum nor Tate appear to be enough of an impact to change the fortunes of the Texans’ season or, more importantly in this instance, Kubiak’s future.
Currently, the Texans are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, which has not surprisingly frustrated Texans management. While four of those seven losses were each by three points or less, blame seems to be being shouldered entirely on the coaching staff, and an overhaul in that department could be in the cards for Houston if this slide continues through the rest of the season.
Kubiak, who’s been with Houston since 2006, is under contract through 2014, so the Texans should be deciding on whether Kubiak is their coach going forward sooner rather than later.