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Struggling Texans fire Kubiak

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POSTED December 6, 2013 10:26 p.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — Gary Kubiak pulled the Texans out of the NFL basement and remains the only coach to take them to the playoffs.

That wasn’t enough to save his job, not with the Texans mired in an 11-game skid that has dropped them back to the bottom of the league.

Houston fired Kubiak on Friday, one day after the Texans lost 27-20 at Jacksonville and continued their stunning fall for a team that expected to make a Super Bowl run. Houston (2-11) was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.

The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and led the team to AFC South titles in 2011-2012, the highlights of his eight-year tenure as coach of his hometown NFL team.

The Texans said they couldn’t wait any longer to start turning things around.

Kubiak’s overall record is 61-64, with a 2-2 mark in the playoffs. Owner Bob McNair said the decision to let him go was a hard one.

The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of what has been a miserable season. Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke Nov. 3. He returned to coach, but the Texans have been unable to rebound from injuries to top players.

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