January 23, 2006

CORRECTED – Kubiak to coach Houston Texans

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Houston Texans...

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Denver Broncos offensive co-ordinator
Gary Kubiak is to become the Houston Texans's head coach, owner
Bob McNair said.

"I look forward to getting Gary down here," McNair told a
Houston news conference on Sunday after the Broncos lost to the
Pittsburgh Steelers in the American Football Conference (AFC)
playoffs in Denver.

NFL rules prohibit teams from hiring coaches on playoff
teams until their season is complete.

"We'll get together this week and get all that wrapped up,"
McNair added.

Kubiak confirmed on Sunday he would be heading to Houston.

"My emotions are going crazy right now," the Houston native
told the Rocky Mountain News as he left Denver's stadium.

"You hate to see it end like this. It's so disappointing to
lose, but I'm excited about the new opportunity to come to
Houston and fulfill a dream I've had for quite some time."

Kubiak, 44, a former Broncos quarterback, had been Denver's
offensive coordinator for 11 seasons.

McNair said Kubiak's background as an offensive coach would
be helpful to the Texans, who fired coach Dom Capers after a
2-14 season.

"I think the biggest challenge we have is from the
standpoint of putting together an effective offense," McNair
said of the young franchise, which began play in 2002.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina)