Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 1/30/12
Indianapolis_colts_v_f1a3
Gary Kubiak coached the winning team in the Pro Bowl Sunday evening, which doesnt say a lot about Sunday evening, but says at least a little about Kubiak and the state of professional football in Houston. It says the Houston Texans coach had the third-most impressive coaching performance in the AFC this season, which means he had the fifth- or sixth-best coaching performance in the NFL this season, which puts him at about the 82nd percentile among NFL coaches. Or something like that. The Pro Bowl itself is, of course, without much meaning. The AFC won it 59-41 this year, in part because the NFC failed to register a single hit on an AFC quarterback. The biggest portion of credit belonged to Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught four touchdown passes, two of which were bona fide spectacles. The most outstanding Texans player was cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who intercepted a pass. But the star, so far as the Texans were concerned, was Kubiak and his coaching staff. Kubiak was the head coach in the Pro Bowl for the first time, and thus became Pro Bowl Coach Gary Kubiak. That doesnt mean a lot, but it doesnt mean nothing. Kubiaks being there was another first in a season of firsts for the Texans. Kubiak, like his team, is no longer a punch line, no longer a disappointment, no longer too soft. There is no more doom in Houston, no more grousing about the Oilers and no more wistful reminiscences about Luv Ya Blue and Bum Phillips cowboy hat. Professional football in Houston returned in 2002, but it never was going to be back until it had a winner, until it had ignited the city and inspired just enough hope to that it hurt again when they lost. Loyalty in sports is a cocktail made with one part joy and two parts heartbreak. Thats what it meant that Kubiak was standing there in a vacation shirt in Hawaii, winning that game Sunday night. It meant the Texans had been good, but not good enough to play next week. The 82nd percentile. Just enough to make you feel good but also leave you wanting more. Such a heartbreaker, that Kubiak.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Josh McDaniels 'happy' with Pats but wants to be a head coach again

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Why Rickie Fowler will win the PGA Championship

Warren Sapp bitten on arm by shark

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Report: Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed conditioning test

WATCH: Kobe Bryant drives Ferrari around Italian racetrack

Terrelle Pryor shouts out Ohio State after ban ends

Justin Timberlake advocates for Memphis to join Big 12

Poll: Las Vegas residents don’t support public funds for NFL stadium

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker