The cruel world of NFL coaching claimed its first victim this season on Friday afternoon when the Houston Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak following the Texans’ 27-20 loss to Jacksonville on Thursday night.
Kubiak, who was in his eighth season with Houston, is the first coach to be fired during the season since Todd Haley was fired by the Chiefs with three games remaining in the 2011 season.
Ron Rivera played against Kubiak when Kubiak was a backup quarterback for the Broncos and coached against him in 2011 when the Panthers beat the Texans 28-13 in Houston.
“It’s tough. I feel bad for Gary,” Rivera said. “Last year they did some really good things and got themselves into the playoffs and just kind of shows you how quick fortunes change. It’s unfortunate. Gary’s a very good football coach, he had some success there. It took them a while to build it but they got there. Sometimes some things are out of your control.”
Rivera added he had no doubt Kubiak would soon find work in the NFL.
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