From: Bob McNair, Owner To: Gary Kubiak Re: Defensive Coach Hirings Date: January 14, 2009
As you know, I've been most supportive of your work as head coach of the Houston Texans, though it might be nice if you would coach the team to a winning record. But I've tried to stay out of the football end of the operation, letting you handle all of those matters.
When you told me that David Carr would lead us to the Super Bowl, I went along with you. When you told me that Matt Schaub would be our savior, I went along with you. When you wanted to get Ahman Green, I asked how much, then gave you all that you wanted. When you pleaded for Jacques Reeves, I was doubtful, but since you were the head coach, I went along with your desires.
I always go along with your desires. Like Richard Smith as your defensive coordinator. I thought that it might be a nice idea to have someone with a little coordinating experience for the job, but I yielded to your desires. And when you said that Kyle Shanahan must be the offensive coordinator, I once again yielded to your desires, only to find out that you instead spent 15 games this season calling the plays and acting as the coordinator instead.
Still, I promised myself long ago that I would not interfere with the football operations of my football team. I don't want to be one of those Jerry Jones guys, after all.
I was hopeful when Mr. Smith was fired at the end of the season. And I was hopeful that you would hold a real search and seek out experienced candidates from across the football universe. And, well, nothing against Frank Bush, who has a long history in Houston, but I was kind of hoping you might go outside of the Houston Texans staff and hire someone who might have some new ideas on how things should be done.
I also hope that I need not remind you that, with Mr. Bush as our Senior Defensive Assistant last season, the Houston Texans finished 26th in the NFL while surrendering 24.6 points a game. Or that the defense finished 22nd in the NFL in yards surrendered per game at 336.6 yards per game. And while I know that Mr. Bush played linebacker for the Oilers, and that he's been a scout, and that he's been a linebacker, defensive back, and special teams coach for the Broncos and that he was the Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers for the Cardinals, he's never been a defensive coordinator. Just like Richard Smith was never a defensive coordinator. And need I remind that neither the Broncos nor the Cardinals have exactly been known for their defensive prowess over the past several seasons.
And speaking of the Denver Broncos, I can't help but notice that you might be hiring David Gibbs. Now I know he's the son of Alex Gibbs, who is already one of our coaches, and I know that he coached with the Kansas City Chiefs last season, but damn, son, he also coached for the Denver Broncos. What is it with your fascination with the Denver Broncos? There are 31 other teams in the NFL. Is it asking too much for you to deal with some people who don't have some attachment with the Broncos?
I understand that none of this matters because Texans fans are going to keep paying outrageous prices to attend the games and buy my merchandise, so none of this hurting my bottom line - and truthfully, nothing but the bottom line matters to me anyway - but just once it would be nice to see some sign of competence on the field.
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Don't worry. As always, I'm going to let you do what you want to do as long as none of your moves have any impact on my bottom line. Just keep doing what you've been doing. But please take some of my comments to heart.
Oh, and don't worry if you should happen to see Dan Reeves hanging around the offices. We went to the same college and we just like to catch up from time to time. Besides, if you're going to have all of those Denver Bronco connections, then I should have one as well.