Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 6/14/12
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It was not that long ago when it was a question whether Gary Kubiak would be retained as the head coach of the Texans. After finishing the 2010 season with a 6-10 record, many Texans fans and members of the Houston media believed it was time for a change. The change owner Bob McNair made was to hire Wade Phillips as the defensive coordinator and the result was a 10-6 record and the team's first playoff appearance in 2011. For that result McNair rewarded Kubiak with a contract extension which will give the coach security through the 2015 season. General Manager Rick Smith, too, was extended through the 2016 season. "I think the coaching performance last year by Gary was outstanding," said McNair. "With the injuries that we had I don't know how he could have done a better job." The Texans were forced to play a majority of the season with several key players injured including quarterback Matt Schaub, receiver Andre Johnson and pass rusher Mario Williams. McNair said that it was Kubiak who suggested a deal through the '15 season as opposed to a four-year extension. "That's just something I felt comfortable with," said Kubiak. "Bob and I sat down and it didn't take any time at all. I enjoy work for him. He's a great man, has a great family and he wants to win and win the right way. It's easy for me." Kubiak, who grew up in Houston and has been the coach of the Texans since 2006, said that coaching the Texans is his dream job. "You guys know since the day I walked in here it's been a dream situation for me to come back home and to build a winner here in Houston," Kubiak said. "I'm just very thankful that Bob and Janice and their family has entrusted me in this situation. I pride myself on fulfilling contracts, not so much signing them. I got another one to fulfill here and I'm looking forward to it." Kubiak is 47-49 with one playoff win in his six seasons with the Texans. Smith also joined the Texans as the General Manager in 2006. He has been in charge of the team's personnel, including the draft, during his tenure and many of his picks have created the Texans' nucleus. Brian Cushing, Duane Brown, JJ Watt, Ben Tate and Connor Barwin were all selected by Smith. "I think we've set the foundation for success and we had a little bit of that last year," said Smith. "I think we're in a position to continue that." While many fans have criticized McNair in the past for sticking with his management team, including Kubiak, through too many rough patches, the owner's patience has been a trademark since he purchased the expansion club. "We think stability is extremely important to the success of this team," said McNair. "(The length of the extension) is significant and I think it speaks to Bob's belief in continuity and consistency," said Smith. "He's a patient man. He's proved that sometimes that really is a virtue."
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