Texans owner: We want to hire someone with NFL experience
After firing head coach Gary Kubiak this week, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has already publicly stated that he wants Kubiak’s successor to have NFL head coaching experience.
“We would like someone who has had head coaching experience, but also had NFL experience,” McNair said. “It’s a combination of those two things would be the ideal situation and there are people who meet those conditions.”
This would rule out the majority of big-name college football coaches, although Art Briles of Baylor and Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M are two names that have been rumored to interest Houston. McNair also pointed out that he’s looking for someone with head coaching experience and not just an experienced assistant or coordinator, like Kubiak was before becoming as the Texans head coach in 2006.
“Well, experience shows that those people who were selected to be a head coach in the NFL, met with more success if they had had head-coaching experience,” McNair said. “And if you take someone who has been a coordinator, you’re basically moving them from a lower level of management, let’s say, to a higher level of management that they’ve never been in before. So, there’s a question mark as to whether they can elevate their performance to be able to handle those additional responsibilities, and some people can’t.”
Some coaches on the market that have the experience that McNair is looking for include Lovie Smith, Ken Whisenhunt, Jack Del Rio, Jon Gruden, and Houston’s current interim head coach, Wade Phillips.
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