Houston Texans owner Bob McNair announced the firing of seven year team head coach Gary Kubiak on Friday morning, just hours after the team's disappointing 27-20 defeat at division rivals Jacksonville Jaguars.
This result extended the team's losing streak to 11 consecutive games, which is the longest in franchise's history.
Kubiak said in a statement to the media on Friday: "We had a great run here and we will never forget our back-to-back AFC South championships."
Coach Kubiak exits with a 61-64 regular season record as the Texans' head coach. Owner McNair also announced that undrafted rookie quarterback Case Keenum will start the rest of the season after veteran former starter Matt Schaub has struggled this year - and has even come under threat and public scrutiny from frustrated Texans fans.
In the eventful conference McNair announced that current Texans' defensive coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips will take control of the team as interim head coach for the remaining three games of the 2013 NFL season.
McNair was happy to explain the reason for firing Kubiak before the end of the season by stating: "Taking action now instead of waiting allows us the process of finding a new coach.
"That process is under way, and those prospects who are not under contract in the NFL are people we can visit with, so we'll start the process.
"It's been horrible, a nightmare. It's not what I'm accustomed to or the organization's accustomed to."
McNair is not exaggerating, considering what was expected of this Texans team back in August.
Kubiak had just three losing seasons, including this one, and winning two division championships including one last season with the team going a staggering 12-4.
Instead injury issues have depleted and plagued the team, with veteran quarterback Schaub struggling throughout the season, pro bowl running back Arian Foster was lost for the season after suffering a serious back injury in week nine, while star middle linebacker Brian Crushing tore his LCL and fractured his fibula back in week seven, during the team's loss to Kansas City.
Houston are clearly building for the future and early reports indicate that the Texans may be looking for an outsider to get them back to winning ways next year.
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