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Houston Texans Extend GM Rick Smith And Head Coach Gary Kubiak

He'll be strolling the sidelines for, at least, a few more years.
He'll be strolling the sidelines for, at least, a few more years.

In breaking news, Fox 26’s Mark Berman reports that NFL sources have told him that the Houston Texans have extended the contracts of head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rich Smith.

According to 'Scoop' Berman, the Texans will make a formal announcement about the extensions after today’s practice.

While I would have preferred to see how the team does through the bye week, I’m not entirely surprised by this. Texans owner Bob McNair favors continuity and not leaving things up in the air when it comes to front office and management. He had also announced that this was being worked on last month.

It took longer than any Texans fan would have liked, but Smith and Kubiak have built and developed a deep roster that has a Super Bowl window open for the Texans. In his six years as head coach, Kubiak has a 47-49 career record with a 1-1 playoff record. The record isn’t indicative of the job he did during last year’s division championship run, which had him keeping a locker room together as injuries depleted their ranks.

For those who like making comparisons, Bill Belichick had a 41-55 record at this point in his career while also going 1-1 in the playoffs. In his seventh coaching season, Belichick led New England to a Super Bowl championship. I’m not saying, but I’m just saying.

We’ll update this post when more details are released about the new deals.

Update 1: Texans owner Bob McNair announced that Gary Kubiak received a three-year deal while Rick Smith got a four-year extension. Kubiak’s new deal runs through 2014 while Rick Smith is under contract through 2016 (he had a season left on his current deal).

Update 2: According to McNair, Kubiak opted for a three-year deal as opposed to a four-year deal. Curious decision...?