Much was said AT LENGTH about how slowly the Texans were improving through Gary Kubiak's first few years here.
So, I thought it might be fun to do a quick review of the list of other coaches that took over teams in 2006 and how that turned out.
The Bad News:
It's Buffalo; who knows? Frostbite?
Buffalo Bills - Dick Jauron
The brilliance that was Matt Millen struck again.
Detroit Lions - Rod Marinelli (Rookie)
I like Herm Edwards but alas, Kansas City did not.
Kansas City Chiefs - Herm Edwards
Foolish enough to take Green Bay retreads (eventually... but only after "F"-word had gone to New York and trashed Eric Mangini's hopes and dreams and ... /throws up in mouth a little)
Minnesota Vikings - Brad Childress (Rookie)
Foolish enough to be the FIRST recipient of Green Bay retreads. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy... except Beelzebud or Satan.
New York Jets - Eric Mangini(Rookie)
Poor Art... Round Two at the funny farm.
Oakland Raiders - Art Shell
Meh... 11-25... OC for Detroit now.
St. Louis Rams - Scott Linehan (Rookie)
Now, the good news (coaches that appear to have "worked out"):
Green Bay Packers - Mike McCarthy (Rookie)A bit of a rocky start, what with having to chase the "F"-word out of town with a broom and direct the related soap opera there for a few months. But after dealing with a ton of injuries last year on the way to winning the SuperBowl and perfection so far this year, I think his job is safe for another couple of weeks anyway.
Houston Texans - Gary Kubiak (Rookie)This week's 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals earned the Texans their first playoff appearance and tellingly put Coach Kubiak over .500 for the first time in his head coaching career.
New Orleans Saints - Sean Payton (Rookie)Yeah, this one seems to have worked out pretty well too in the form of the Saints first ever SuperBowl win and a consistently competitive football team.
So let's see... All three were rookie head coaches in 2006 and two of the three have SuperBowl rings... interesting...
There are no guarantees. But I think that our ownership and our coaches are trying to build a consistently competitive organization for us to support. I've done my time on the Texans roller-coaster... It would be nice to enjoy a few years of consistently winning.
Here's to hoping that Clorox jokes become quaint memories of the distant past.
TEXANS WIN!!! TEXANS WIN!!! TEXANS WIN!!!