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McNair says decisions will come this week

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 2, 2011 – 11:27 pm

Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair was a guest on “Inside the Game” tonight on ABC Channel 13 /KTRK.

In an interview with host Bob Allen, McNair shared some of his thoughts on head coach Gary Kubiak and potential forthcoming changes to the organization.

Here’s a full transcript of his interview:

(on Kubiak’s future with the team) “Well, I’ll be talking to him tomorrow. Once we conclude those discussions and do our analysis, we’ll make our decisions as to what we’re going to do going forward.”

(on if he hasn’t made up his mind yet) “I haven’t finished the process. We go through a process. We look at our coaches, we look at our players, we look at our GM and the scouts and we evaluate all of them, and we’ve started the discussions with Gary but we haven’t concluded them. So until we conclude them, we won’t make any decision.”

(on reports that he already has decided to bring back Kubiak and hire Wade Phililps as defensive coordinator) “Well, that wasn’t my decision (laughs). That was someone else’s decision. But as long as it’s my decision, it’ll be when I’m ready to make it. And we haven’t made it.”

(on if he knows how many coaches he’ll change or what changes he’ll make at this point) “No. No. We’re in the process. We don’t make a decision until we’ve analyzed all the information and come to a conclusion, and we’re in the process of doing that. And when we’ve concluded that process, I’ll make the decision. That’s what I always do.”

(on if that will be this week) “Yes.”

(on if that will be tomorrow) “Well, we have to look at coaches, we have to look at players and we have to look at personnel, what we’ve done from a personnel standpoint. And we do those things sort of one at a time. We’ll probably get through with the coaches first, and then probably the players and then we’ll be working at personnel from the standpoint of what we’ve done with our scouting department and the draft and what have you. We evaluate that every year.”

(on who “we” is) “Well, it depends on what we’re talking about. If we’re talking about evaluating the team’s performance, we do that with the coach, with the general manager, with Cal (McNair) as a vice chairman and myself, and we’ll sit down and evaluate all phases of the game. When we start looking at scouting, we do the same thing there. So even the people that we might be evaluating, they participate in the discussions.”

(on if the possible lockout will have any effect on the decisions that he makes) “No, I don’t think so. I don’t think so. But you know, people ask about it and say, ‘What are you going to do?’ But the first thing you have to do is identify the problem. You know, we did not perform the way I thought we should perform. And I’m disappointed by it and I’m upset by it; I’m not happy about it at all. We have to evaluate what we think was the basis for that record. What was the cause of it? And until you properly identify the problem, you can’t solve it. And so the first thing you do is identify the problem, and that’s the process that we’re going through, trying to determine where we have fallen short, and then we can look at what the various options are.

“And the options are, quite frankly, you can go in and you can replace all the coaches or you can replace the head coach. Well, when you do that, that’s very traumatic because then they want to come in and they want to replace all the players quite often. Sometimes, they want to replace all the scouts. On the other hand, if there’s a way to solve the problem without it being so traumatic – and if you do it in a traumatic fashion, I believe it sets you back two years. So is your situation so bad that you think there’s no other recourse and the only way you can solve it is to tear up your organization and set it back two years? That’s one consideration. And if that’s what you have to do, then fine, you do it.

“On the other hand, if you think you can isolate it and it’s not that severe, it’s like the guy going into the doctor with a headache. Is he going to give you aspirin or send you in for brain surgery? You have to determine what’s really needed under the circumstances.”

(on if he’ll make some coaching changes but retain Kubiak) “We’re going to evaluate it. I think you don’t have to be a football expert to look at our record and to look at what we’ve done. From an offensive standpoint, we’re going to be one of the top five teams. From a defensive standpoint, we’re going to be one of the bottom five teams. Clearly, there’s a problem on the defense, wouldn’t you think? So that’s the first thing you look at. OK, how can we solve this problem and do it in such a way that we can achieve success in the shortest short period of time? That’s the issue. And that’s how we deal with it.”

(parting comments) “We’re disappointed. I’m sorry. I know our fans are disappointed, and no one’s more disappointed than I am. But we came to win, we’re going to win, and we’re not going to quit until we do.”


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23 Responses to “McNair says decisions will come this week”

  1. By Bob Self on Jan 2, 2011 | Reply

    I’d like to just once someone actually say what they mean and actually answer a question.

  2. By Ernie Garcia on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    i live in california and seen a texan game in houston. Love the stadium. But the Texans need A proven Def Cordinator as well as an offensive Cor. I am a true love u blue fan but the city of houston needs a true champion. Great talent but very green so get good coaches to bring out all the greatness of the players. I mean i thought this was thier year.

  3. By MIke e on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    I have to admit that he does makes sense as far as just simply tearing everything down and being set back 2 years. I have said all year that our defense has killed us and that is the biggest problem. Yeah our offense has made some idiotic decisions, but in the total overview of the team I feel that the team did under achieve and that is not totally the defensive coordinators fault, but the head coaches as well. I still love my boys. I am Houston by heart.

  4. By coops on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Not denying the end result, but for a few dodgy decision the Texans might have been better placed. A very poor intentional grounding call was pathetic – pretty boy Philip Rivers with too much to say. Personally, build a team around Arian Foster and tell some of the idiots to have better ball control, and the Texans (even under Kubiak) might go places. Without both those things, they can get used to missing the playoffs.

  5. By jmo on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    before Kubiak we sucked, so why put him tru this nonsense let him do his job

  6. By Jeff wilson on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    gary is an excellent coach and motavater he has broght this team together
    a true fan will understand rome was not built in one term heck we would trade presidents every 12 months if he did not do everything we wanted my vote if it counts keep Gary Thanks loyal fan allways

  7. By Ron Jon on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    …Bob, get Kubiack n’ all the circus of clows out and a BIG name in, plus let Leinart play.He will give you a better season than Sanchez has given the Jets in 2 years, I promise.

    Business is Business and Gary is not showing you the money…and he wont any more.

  8. By Richard C. Granado on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    “We came to win” well then let’s win!! I am sure that you Mr. McNair will do what is necessary to bring about a winning program, as SOON as possible.

  9. By Vincent on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Spoken like a true loser.

  10. By ben conrey on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    i think it would b a good idea to keep kubiak but hire wade philps as the defence of coordinator i mean u saw how many games the Texans came so close to winning but are defense could not hold up! jaguars, ravens, eagles, broncos, jets, we could have easily been 11-5! No problem but are defence! could not hold up!

  11. By BobOso on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    McNair, obviously you have gotten it right in 9 years. Do you want to be set back 2yrs BUT be heading somewhere or “on the right track” for 5yrs but going backwards?

  12. By allen smith on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. McNair, Kubiack is not the problem. Fire everyone involved with the defense

  13. By alma on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. McNair, What is there to evaluate? Kubiak is not working for the Texans. Come to your senses. You gave kubiak five years and its still not working. Two of the five years should of been spent of developing players the other years should of been ready for contention but we are not. Mr. McNiar please dont buy into this idea of kubiak of gettin wade as D.O. ITS NOT GOING TO WORK.
    Kubiak if you keep your job you better start taking wade’s dad and that other guy for lobbying for you u big baby.

  14. By F. Strong on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    I say keep Gary. He is a good coach. It is the defence that needs to be changed. Fire Frank Bush and hired a good defencive coordnator.

  15. By Paul on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Keep Kubiak. Hire Wade. Give them 12 months to succeed, or completely restructure on the advice of a new Head Coach.

  16. By JohnnyO on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    The fact of the matter is we have always had a bad defense. Look at the year we drafted Super Mario, our Offense was was 31st but our defense was was 32nd in the league. Not much has change with the defense since then. This brings me to the conclusion that we need some changes either good or bad. If we need to rebuild and it takes us two years then so be it. The coaches have made some bad desecions during the games. How much longer before the people like me who are native Houstonians and support the time no matter what, do we have to suffer. I think Kubiak is good but past his ability. Go after a Gruden or a Cowher aggressively and for the sake of the city could we pay for the Talent to come in please.

  17. By Terry on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. McNair, one word, REALLY???? It is obvious, you are going to subject very loyal fans to additional years of mediocrity, by retaining Gary Kubiak. It’s not about friends and family, it’s about WINNING.

  18. By Rayvid on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    I agree that Frank Bush should be fired. There’s no question about that. I am undecided about Kubiak, but concerned that this team was not prepared to play each Sunday. But the one thing I know for sure is that the Texans need to be more active in free agency and make better free agent decisions. McNair also needs to stop running this team like a “company” and start running it like a football team. Get some football “minds” in the front office. And lastly it should not always be about “The bottom line Bob”!

  19. By marvin on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    “John Gruden” or “Bill Cowher” + Texans = AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

  20. By joe on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Dude why is everyone supporting Gary Kubiak? Has everyone forgotten how many games he has cost the Texans with boneheaded play calling? I know the defense sucks but the offense should have been a heck of a lot better than it performed. He has been here 5 yrs and has only produced 1 winning season. A lot of other teams fire coaches after 2 or 3 unsuccesful yrs. I guess the standard of some of you Texan fans are pretty low. Seems like some of you are Gary Kubiak fans, possibly A&M alumni who are pulling for their boy. The talent is here, we just need to improve the secondary and the coaching. If we could get a legitimate #2 reciever that would be great.

  21. By franky on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    i say fire bush and maybe hire singletary, do what ever you need to do to get some good cbs and good safeties, see how we do with our new and improved defense if we dont make the playoffs then get rid of kubiak, last year he almost got us to the playoffs so i say give him one more year because hes a pretty good offensive coach, but i do like the idea of cowher or gruden because they are proven coaches and they know what it takes to win a super bowl as a coach.

  22. By texans fan on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Be smart and fire Kubiak, Bush, Gibbs and Rick Smith. Bring in Cowher, Phillips a new DB coach and find someone that at least half knows what they’re doing to be the GM.

  23. By texans fan on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yeah and no more drafting CBs pay for a legit vet… also we have enough TEs.

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