i'm going to go against the current grain here and express my support for Kubiak.
Before the season started, many of us though we'd have a shot at the division - others thought we'd need another year to make the playoffs. As a franchise and a fan base we're quite optimistic about our chances when we look at the pieces we have in place as a team. But what we do not have in place is an ability to overcome the difficulties every single team faces in an NFL season.
We're not immune to injuries, bad calls, a 7-4 team going 11-0 in our division, turnovers, illness, difficult match-ups, missed field goals, 1 yard line fumbles, underestimating other teams or helping Vince Young hang the fucking moon again.
Its the NFL. It ain't easy. This year we are in some very close games and having a tough time finishing. We need to finish. But in years past, we'd have not even been close.
Kubiak has greatly improved this team from its 2-14 days. We have a short memory about that it seems. He turned Matt Schaub into a nearly elite QB. He (and Smith) drafted defensively and still built a very good offense. The defense is on the rise, the whole team is - as long as we look longer than 3 weeks past.
There have been plenty of mistakes. Many are on Kubiak. But he doesn't deserve quite as much criticism as he is getting. Its fun to play armchair coach and everything, when we're watching replays on our HDTVs and blaming Kubiak when the guy in the booth doesn't see something. But its not all his fault, and he's got our team on the right track. We're getting close and I think he can turn that corner.
I say give him another year. There are a lot of teams moving backwards. We're moving forward from year to year. Lets wait it out.