We are witnessing a transformation here in Houston.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak has always had this aw-shucksy anti-heroic thing about him. He has always seemed sort of like a boy in some black-and-white sitcom that just grew older but remained a light shade of gray.
He had those wispy shocks of hair that made it look like he just got off a jet ski, and this way of looking like he was in pain, even while smiling. He had this unique way of always seeming down on his luck, even when he wasn't.
And now: My goodness, the man has a flat-top haircut! He's using the media to deliver harsh messages to his players. He's getting contract extensions and then issuing quotes that ought to be punctuated using Funkmaster Flex's sound board.
"I pride myself on fulfilling contracts," Kubiak told HoustonTexans.com, "not signing them."
Amazing what a little winning will do for someone's identity. Kubiak is turning into Your Father's Football Coach...