7 Worst NFL Coaches Ever
Someone didn’t have such a happy Friday; his name is Gary Kubiak. The Houston Texans fired their head coach this week with three games remaining in the regular season, and enlisted defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to fill Kubiak’s shoes for the time being. ESPN reported the news Friday, and quoted owner Bob McNair asserting “This has been a very disappointing year. We started with such high hopes. To have this string of losses is unacceptable.”
The Texans now suffer the league’s worst record at 2-11, and have lost a record eleven straight games after winning their first two match-ups. Houston was expected to be a possible Super Bowl contender this year, but things evidently haven’t gone as planned, and that’s especially true after Kubiak suffered a transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke,” while walking off the field on November 3.
ESPN reports that Kubiak, 52, spent seven-and-a-half seasons coaching the Texans, having signed on in 2006, and his record with the franchise was 61-64. He was the fourth-longest-tenured coach in the league, but now he’s the first coach to lose his job this season, and McNair explains, “We normally would wait until the end of the year to evaluate our staff; under these extreme circumstances thought best to start the process now.”
Kubiak may be the first coach to go this season, but he still walks away from the game with two AFC South titles and the award for 2011 Coach of the Year. Thus, he likely won’t join the company of Pro-Football-Reference.com’s lineup of coaches who are now known for their losing records, rather than their winning ones. However, in light of the recent dismissal, we decided to highlight some of these men for you anyway. Here are seven of the worst NFL coaches, according to hard statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com.